3 Steps to Pulverize Procrastination
So here is a quick and simple life hack that allows you to move ahead with whatever you’ve been procrastinating on, with quickness.
I know procrastination has always been a nasty issues for myself and I’m betting it is for many people. (Maybe even you?) So if procrastination pisses you off and you’d like to whip it to the point where it’s running away with it’s tail between it’s legs then get ready.
I’ve got a reason I’m doing this myself and I’m walking the talk. I’ll tell you what that’s about here in just a minute.
Ok so on with it right?
Step 1 Of Punishing Procrastination
First you have to have your eye on the prize and give yourself a Deadline of when you’re going to accomplish said thing you’ve been putting off.
That’s right, a sense of urgency comes with deadline. The challenge is most people are given dead lines by someone else outside of themselves before they commit their full resources and become resourceful. Why not give yourself a self imposed deadline??
Have you ever given yourself one and not followed through? We’ll handle that one in Step 3.
I’ll give you a great example of a deadline you’ve had and happily met. Think about vacation or a trip you’ve been reeeeally been looking forward to! You took this exact formula and applied it! You had a deadline, you planned everything out and told everyone you were going.
So this brings up a great point. One of the keys here is to give yourself a reward for hitting the deadline. That’s right, reward yourself for reaching your objective!
On the other hand give yourself a price to pay if you don’t hit it! We’re going to talk about how to measure these in Step 2.
Step 2 of Pulverizing Procrastination
Now that you know when the deadline is and you know what the promise looks like you’re willing to pay the price of making it happen.
You have to know what needs to be done and know how to measure your success along the way.
So here is step 2. Make a list of everything that needs to happen in order to make the deadline a reality. The good thing about this is that it’s always given me something to look at and remind me of what has to happen. However that’s not the biggest reason I enjoy step 2.
The real reason this is so powerful is that it allows you to visually measure your progress along the way! You can SEE your getting closer to your deadline! This is extremely motivating!
So if you have 10 steps that are required to reach your objective check them off as you go and celebrate each time you check something off! (I love white boards for this)
Step 3 of Paralyzing Procrastination
Step 3 is probably the scariest part but the most crucial.
You have to share your deadline and your desire with either someone you look up to or a group of your piers. The old saying goes Character is doing the thing when no one else is watching right?
Yeah well I’m not afraid of putting a little retainer on the fact that it gets done and a little self imposed leverage doesn’t hurt. It can only make you better! Not to mention you open yourself up to a lot more resources to pull from when others know what you have on the line.
You’d be surprised at the folks who will seriously support you in accomplishing your said deadline if you include them!
Don’t try and do steps 1 and 2 with out doing 3. I know, I know it’s scary. I get that but tell your ego to take a hike!
You’re ego flairs up and says, “but what if you don’t make it. You’ll look like a fool and you don’t want to look stupid do you??”
Tell the ego to screw off. (That’s after you told it to take a hike too. It tends to be hard headed)
You can’t spend ego at the grocery store and with the kind of project I’m working on could buy a lot of groceries. Which leads me to my point. 😉
I believe I hear procrastination yelping out loud and running off into the sunset with it’s tail between it’s legs as we speak. How about you?
The bottom line is I’m sharing not only this little life hack with you but using it myself very soon and including you.
- I’m creating a deadline
- I’m listing out what needs to be done in order for it to be accomplished
- I’ll be sharing it amongst my piers so you can bomb this blog with comments to make sure I’ve done it
So there you have it.
Three Steps to Pulverize, Punish and Paralyze Procrastination.
Use this hack TODAY on something you’ve been putting off and share with me your success. More importantly I want to hear about what tried to get in your way that you found a way around, through or over!
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