How to beat procrastination – You’re probably aiming too high
The Best Tips Tricks and Tools to Overcome Procrastination
The problem isn’t so much the task but in how you look at the task. Many of us will know the familiar feeling of knowing that a task needs to be done and thinking about how we are going to finish it.
We dither and think and think and overthink some more. Before we know it hours have passed and we have barely touched the surface. We have flittered from one task to the next without really feeling like anything has been accomplished. Welcome to the world of procrastination.
One of the best pieces of advice I ever had was to break things down into micro tasks and aim your ambitions for the task low. But aren’t we always told to aim high? Not when it comes to being overwhelmed by a task. It is now about setting micro goals and being able to achieve them.
If all this sounds familiar to you then here are our top tips to achieving your goals and beating procrastination.
- Break the project down to the smallest tasks that you can. Take building this website as an example. One of the tasks was to simply create the categories and my goal was just create one category for that particular day. Most of the time I ended up doing more than my set goal but the main thing is I set my goal so low that it was achievable. It’s not perfect but it is an ongoing development.
- Take a break every hour. If you are finding things particularly hard then take a break and relax. Go for a walk, meditate, practice gratitude. Just take yourself away for 5-10 minutes and you will find the task to be less daunting.
- Talk to another person. Often some of my best ideas come from talking to people. They may be a family member and nothing to do with work but I have found that some of the best ideas come from people who aren’t involved in your field. Naivity can often lead to greater creativity.
- Prioritise your most important tasks first. Break it down to a primary task then secondary task and
- Set your most important tasks first thing in the morning. You are better equiped to achieve your primary task/goal in the morning. Just think about how many times you may have not gone to the gym in the evening because you were too tired.
I hope some of these tips help you to better complete your tasks/goals. If you have any other tricks then feel free to share them either here or on our social channels and I will try to update this article.
Tools that we use to help us focus and defeat procrastination. We will link to reviews of these tools on the site soon:
- Brain.FM – A great music subscription service used to help you focus, relax and fall asleep. We’ve found it helps us get in the zone. There are a number of white papers showing the efficacy of the app. Check it out here brain.fm/science
- Productivity Planner – We use the productivity planner made by Intelligent Change. It’s a great little book that helps you focus on the most important tasks of the day.
- Meditation App – We use Headspace, Aware and Brain.fm also have a meditation section. Regular meditation practice has been proven to help you to be more focused. We often take a break on long tasks such as writing and practice 5-10 minutes of meditation.
* We do NOT have affiliations with any of the above recommended tools. These are just tools we have paid for, used, like and hope that they enhance your productivity.