Top 10 Anti-procrastination tips to kick your lazy bucket

1. Create artificial Deadlines for projects or goals that don’t have one

Each cell represents a week. With 80 columns and 59 rows = 90 years. Mortality sure stares you in the face eh?

2. Seek Accountability

  • Taking on investment is one way to light this fire under your butt. Nothing like having an investor breathing down your neck!
  • Start a personal newsletter to share updates, challenges, and asks with your network. Here’s an example of my own.

3. Big Rocks First

4. Just Start

5. Commit 100% by Burning all Bridges

6. Perfect is the enemy of progress

  • Learn to recognize the Impostor Syndrome, embrace it, and function in spite of it. Here’s a more detailed article on Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome.
  • How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
  • Break down daunting goals or projects into smaller more easily accomplished initiatives.
  • Create a step-by-step roadmap with those initiatives and assign deadlines to them.
  • Start projects you dread with the pieces that you enjoy.

7. Understand if there is a fear of rejection that’s holding you back

8. Automate or Delegate the things you don’t want to be doing

9. Eliminate/reduce triggers that feed your habit of procrastinating

  • Be mindful and make yourself aware of the triggers that prompt impulsive behaviours e.g. That new message notification on your phone.
  • Eliminate, reduce, or substitute those triggers to prompt alternative action/behaviours.
  • Reinforce that loop by rewarding a new positive habit.

10. Build and ride momentum

Misc. tips that didn’t quite make the Top-10

  • Freeing up mental space so that you are focused on the task instead of being distracted by other things that you need to do.
  • Priming you to experience flow at the same time, in the same environment, regularly.

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