10 ways I fight procrastination

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“You may delay, but time will not.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Just do it” – Nike and so many others

Have you ever had a grand plan that never seems to come into fruition? Remember that article you wanted to write about a week later, 14 weeks ago? If you do, then you’re already well acquainted with an old foe of mine; Procrastination.

“Ahh.. Procratination… We meet again. Thou art a foul, persistent, beast! Here’re the “10 ways I fight procrastination”! Have at thee!” – Shawn Poh AKA @Lovtoo during the battle of the fifth blog post

1. Have a clear goal in mind

Goal!!

Set your goals~

Always remember where you are heading to. Remember how much you want it. Let it motivate you to move forward.

2. Tell people about it

Talking is Working too!

Shame can be a wonderful friend. Tell your friends about what you plan to do. Understand that when you fail to follow through, you’ll be ridiculed and in some cases, you’d disappoint someone. Do you want to be ridiculed?  Do you want to disappoint? No. Then start working.

3. Have a to-do list

Do this... Then do that! =D

Have a list of what needs to be done. This helps keep track of what’s next.

4. Place the to-do list somewhere visible

Don't make SniperKitty find it for you

No point having a list you can’t see. Place it in a spot you see often; the computer screen, desk wall, favourite cup.  Change “Out of sight, out of mind” to “In your sight, in your mind”.

5. Rank your priorities

Rank them, Clear them. Who's next?

Rank your tasks based on urgency. It doesn’t help to have a list where each task seems as important as the other. Plan the things that need to be done and arrange them in the order that they need to be completed.

6. Don’t think, Just do

I'm not sure If I even need a caption here....

It can be overwhelming; having a list of 40 gazillion things to work on. Even thinking about it can cause your mind to threaten to explode into a cloud of brilliant gray matter. And we all know that that won’t get the job done.

As I’ve mentioned in my first post (https://lovtoo.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/why-not-be-happy-10-tips-to-get-you-started/), there’s a disease called “Paralysis by Over-analysis”.  Sometimes, I worry so much about the things that can go wrong, I end up stuck.

“Don’t let what you can’t do keep you from doing what you can do”

7. Plan your day

Plan them well~

Decide on the number of tasks to work on each day. And work them out one by one. It helps relieve the stress and it makes your days more organized. Once you’re done with your tasks, refer to point number (9).

8. Pomodoro!

It's a Pomodoro!

Pomodoro is a fun sounding technique that helps to maximize your creative capability. Check out this link to find out more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cH-z5kmVhzU

Allocating a fixed amount of time for each task and challenging yourself to complete said task within the given time can often help you focus. Try it today!

9. Reward yourself

Time for a treat! =D

So you’ve completed the task(s). Now what? Well, you’re now a free man. Picture handing yourself a permission slip to take a nap, have a beer, watch some TV or play some games. You can also start working on other tasks if you feel in the “zone”. Whatever it may be, know that you earned it.

10. Stop reading this

Start procrastinating. Start working.

I assume that by reading this, you too, face an incarnation of that infernal beast, Procrastination. And by reading this, I assume you’re not focusing on getting your tasks done. Well, what are you waiting for? Stop reading this (But do check back often, I love the company~) and start kicking.

“Dreams remain dreams unless worked upon. Start working.”

Do you have any other tips on fighting Procrastination? Have you employed any of the tips to crank up your productivity? Please leave a comment~ I’d love to hear from you! =D

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6 Responses to 10 ways I fight procrastination

  1. Shawn, Love this post! My favorite tip is “just do it.” Analysis paralysis is the enemy for me, so to counteract it I remind myself that the world is built by doers, not dreamers. Dreaming is good, but at some point you have to take that step into doing. The best part is that once you start doing, it’s hard to stop!

    Thanks for an excellent post. Great image selection, too. Love the sniper kitty. I may need to “get me” one of those.

    • lovtoo says:

      Hiya Michelle,

      Well said~ The first step is always the hardest. And it makes all the difference. The biggest failures don’t lie in trying and failing. But in Failing to even try.

      Thanks a lot for reading my post and leaving a comment. I appreciate it~

      Cheers!
      Shawn

      P.S. Sorry you can’t have my SniperKitty.. Its limited edition =D

      P.S.P.S Michelle (http://www.twitter.com/michelletripp) is an insightful friend I met on twitter. You can check out her blog at (http://michelletripp.com/) where she writes about social culture, branding and social media

  2. Writing an outline and direction for performing group therapy. I did it for about and was very successful. I want to recreate it for other therapist to use

  3. lovtoo says:

    Hi Mr Edward,

    Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment~

    That sounds great! A template like this can surely be helpful for plenty of people~ Having a clear direction is of utmost importance. Visualize the result and make your way to it.

    Good luck~
    Shawn

  4. I suggest you amend your post to reflect the 11th way people can fight procrastination: not leaving a comment.

    More than half a day’s work left to do but instead I’m leaving a comment so I can delay the inevitable. 😉

    • lovtoo says:

      Hi Ms Amy,

      Haha! Well played~

      Well, because I really like hearing from my readers, I’ll let this one slide. In your case, however, your comment made my day… So I’m gonna go ahead and encourage you to comment more often! =D

      Hope to hear from you soon~
      Shawn (@lovtoo)

      P.S. Now get back to work! =D

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