How To Say “No” To Procrastination? 8 Simple Steps To Make Your 2020 A Whole Lot Productive.

Thanks to Covid-19, we have been stuck in our houses, and for way too long. It’s almost as if our brains have forgotten what productivity meant prior to the Covid-19 situation. 

The luxury of working or studying from home came with its fair share of problems. You have no restrictions and without restrictions, your life has become a complete mess. From your sleeping to eating patterns, everything is a mess.   

However, try to look at this phase in your life as a reboot. Even though you may not notice but your life is moving at a lightning pace and it is good to take things at your own pace. You need to keep in mind that unlike conventional belief not all kinds of procrastination are bad for you. 

According to research, active procrastination allows you to do something in your life that is more valuable to you at that particular time. Although, if you’re just sitting in front of your laptop screen and not doing anything (known as passive procrastination), it becomes a problem. 

If you fall under the latter category of procrastination then this article is just for you. Let’s look at eight simple ways in which you can kick-start your productivity and say bye to passive procrastination. 

Set Aside Your Phone or Laptop

The first thing that you need to do is to stop using your phone or laptop. You may have noticed that once you start using any of your electronic devices, it is almost impossible to stop using the device. It’s primarily because the task is so easy and releases “happy” hormones inside your brain that you lose track of your time. This is one of the most difficult tasks to do, however, once you do this then you can focus on other much more important tasks. 

Sit Down

So, after you’re done reading this article, stop using the device, and take a deep breath and think of tasks that you have to do today. Once you’re done, you get out of your bed or couch and do the first few simple tasks. For example, cleaning or tidying your room or doing your laundry or something simple at first. 

Get Organized

Once you’re done organizing all your stuff, you may feel a lot more energized. You can now sit down and make a to-do list. 

Create Schedule

For your next step, I would recommend that you create a “simple” schedule for yourself. Try avoiding scheduling tasks that you may never do but instead make a schedule that is easy to follow and do not forget to add breaks in your schedule. It is important to give your brain some free time. For someone who works on his or her computer a lot, I would suggest that you download an application called flow that helps you keep a consistent track of time and also, reminds you to takes breaks in between. This app is available for Mac devices and similar apps are available for windows as well. 

Here is the app flow. One of its amazing features is that you get a desk icon that is easily accessible. It is free to download. (I do not get any money out of it.) I just genuinely like the application.

Bribe Yourself

As I have already mentioned, do not forget taking breaks in between your tasks because if you keep on working too hard then your brain may start stopping you from doing such “tough” tasks. You see, your brain prefers watching a series rather than working on an assignment. For example, when we start going to the gym, it is difficult and our brain stops us from going. That is why it is important that you have to bribe yourself that if you do this “tough” task then you can do whatever you like. 

Consistency

Consistency is one of the key elements for success. It allows you to achieve tasks that once seemed almost impossible. Today, it may seem impossible for you to get yourself back on the productivity track but do not think of the future. Instead, think of the present. Stop procrastinating right now. 

Do What Best Suits You

As my last tip for how to say “no” to procrastination, I would suggest following the plan that best suits you. Make a schedule according to your priorities and follow your own pace. 

In the end, do not forget that not all procrastination is bad for you. At times, it is important to take things slow. 

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