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How To Stop Procrastinating And Get Started Right Now

Procrastination is a well-known malady. I had to deal with it myself as a teenager. In order to get what you want you usually need to spend a little time postponing, not starting. Once I did finally start, I found that the procrastinators’ lives all changed when they got started. They just couldn’t sit around as they did when everything had to be started. Now they sat down and got started. Now the procrastinators are not on the road to procrastination anymore, and they no longer get their self-esteem from the fact that they’re procrastinating.

I’m going to be taking a step back for a moment and say that I’ve tried my entire life to just get the work done. It’s been a challenge in and of itself but it has gotten worse and worse. I always wanted what I wanted, I just didn’t want to get it in a hurry. Then I got married, and I’m spending far more time getting married than I ever spent being productive.

I don’t blame procrastinators, though. It’s not hard to procrastinate.

We don’t like to ask ourselves the big questions, or the big questions can give us a bit of an anxiety. Instead of the big questions, we have to ask smaller ones. The problem with that is, “smaller problems” can just lead right to another big problem. That’s all the procrastination and anxiety comes down to. We get anxious about starting another big problem because we’ll get frustrated and then we won’t get it. We do this all the time. I’m starting that process right now.

Here’s what I’m going to recommend.

Find a method to get the work done. The only method I know of that works is to work at it until it is done. If this doesn’t work, then change how you are working, or find a different methodology.

Find the source of procrastination. The source of the procrastination is often the procrastinator’s own mind. You will need to put yourself in the position of the person, and ask yourself why things are not getting done. Maybe the issue is in their head or maybe their focus is not set on completing the job. You’ll need to have a second opinion from those people that aren’t working on what they should.

Don’t sit around and do nothing. No one ever sat around and actually got something done. Everyone procrastinates. So how do you get things done when everyone else around is doing nothing? If you are not going to start and finish something, then you need to make those two things happen.

Don’t be a perfectionist. There are things outside yourself that have to get addressed to start your job done. Don’t wait for someone to save you the time, or find a way to get it done quicker. Be decisive. If you don’t take the initiative and start doing things now, then you’re going to have the burden all to your own. I know that sounds a little bit cliché, but it’s a true statement.

Find a source of motivation. It’s easier that way, isn’t it? I know it’s easy to take on a task, and to think “I have to get this started” but that’s not how work gets done. There is a lot to get done. There are a lot of things to be done. If you think your task is a small one, there is a lot to get done. If you think it is the biggest job that you will ever do, you will fail. You need a method to get you motivated.

Now how do you get in that source of motivation? It’s been said in the past that if it doesn’t motivate you, then why do it? No matter what you do you have to be passionate about the task. The harder you push yourself, the easier it is to get the job done.

You know, it really isn’t just about getting something finished, is it? It’s about giving yourself everything you need to get the job done.