One of the Habits of Highly Unsuccessful People Why do I keep putting off til tomorrow the things I and today? We all know that in order to be successful, we must take action. It’s simple, right? Then why is it so hard to do? Often it's because the tasks are boring or difficult, or something we just don't want to do. So, how do we overcome this? The problem is that denial won't cause the task to go away. Procrastination won’t make it any easier; in fact, it will make it harder. So what do we do? Here are a few ideas that can help:
1. Take a look at your thinking. If your mind is full of negative thoughts, you will start to believe that the task is impossible and that it's okay to give up, put it off, or leave it unfinished. Instead of thinking, “I can't do this,” tell yourself, “I will get this done now.”
2. Get to know when your peak performance time is. Regardless of how you feel about the task, choose that time to do it if it's urgent or important.
3. Make the main thing the main thing. Decide what your most important tasks are and do them first.
Prioritize and organize.
4. Are you overextending yourself? Learn to say no. Many times it's hard to say no either because we don't want to let somebody down or because we're afraid to turn jobs away.
5. Be careful about distractions. People may come to you and say, “I just have a quick question,” and that might be true. But if 20 people come to you with a quick question, your day is used up with other people's work. Either tell them you will get back to them at another time, or, better yet, don't answer the request in the first place. When you're important tasks are completed, you will find time to answer the questions you really want to answer.
6. For tasks that you find especially daunting or unpleasant, you could make use of some tools that lots of people like. One is a simple kitchen timer. Set it for 10 or 20 or 30 minutes and work as intensely as you can on the project. Then take a break and work on something else for a while and come back to it. While this is only a short list of things you can do to make procrastination a little easier, you still have to face the truth behind your self-sabotaging habit. My challenge for you: Take some time to really think back to when this habit started. For me, it was grade school. When was it for you.
She’s a certified Corporate Trainer & Coach and hold an MBA. Follow her on social media @ShanaNaylor or www.shananaylor.com