5 Ways to end Procrastination and Increase Motivation
How to seize the day. Use these proven strategies to take charge of your life and start doing
We’ve all been there. You join a gym but one month later you still haven’t been. You want to learn a new language but your tuition CD stays on the shelf. For some reason, you procrastinate, despite telling yourself that you really want to achieve something.
Here are some straightforward tips which will kick-start you into action.
1- Set goals
Unless you have clear aims, remaining on your sofa will likely remain your default choice. It’s important to know what exactly you are seeking so that you can make an action plan to get there. Instead of simply saying, “I want to get fit,” it is more helpful to say, “I want to run 5km within 5 months.”
Start with creating a vision board. Cut or download images of things that you really want to achieve and paste them in a place where you will see them often.
2- Add an ‘X’ factor to your aims
Your reason doesn’t need to be complicated, yet at the same time it should excite you in some way. It needs to be enough to get your inner voice of motivation fired up.
For example, instead of saying you want to learn Italian, say that you want to learn enough Italian to order your meals and book accommodation by the time you go on holiday.
Once you’ve identified your goals, try mentally working backwards from your goal until your present position. What do you need to from where you are now to reach your goals?
3- Time it right
Often we are at our most motivated when we wake up in the morning, with our batteries recharged.
If you are planning to start a new fitness regime, hit the gym in the morning. Prepare your kit the night before. The readiness is all!
If you are planning to start a healthy eating program, but have lots of stressful events ahead of you, it may be wise to wait until calmer times. Remember, you want to increase your chance of feeling success.
4- Start small and build up
If you’ve been procrastinating on something for a long time, start with the smallest amount you can do and start there. If you’ve promised yourself to start an exercise program where you walk for 45 minutes a week, start by walking for five minutes.
5- Take a Massive Imperfect Action
Often, we are scared of not doing something perfectly that we fail to even begin. The trick is to jump in and take one action, no matter how imperfect it may be. If you are trying to learn a new language but keep worrying about making mistakes, start with saying a basic greeting.
Once you get over the initial hurdle of beginning, and realize that making a small mistake is not the end of the world, you may feel a surge of motivation. Take another action while you have momentum.
In the day-to-day business of boosting your productivity, try to keep your life simple. Automate small decisions, such as what you will eat for breakfast and lunch. If you spend a lot of time on Facebook, allot yourself an hour per day. Give yourself a block of time to manage interruptions, whether they come from outside or are you interrupting yourself.
What are you waiting for?!