[A collaboration post – all thoughts are my own]
Stop procrastinating. Finally. I say that. To myself. Most people are guilty of procrastinating. It’s the thief of time and we’ve all been there. I have a deadline tomorrow (or maybe even hours) ahead, and I’m very comfortable lying on my bed watching youtube. I continually put off the work until it’s midnight before it’s due. Then, panic.
What’s often harder than actually completing the task is figuring out how to stop procrastinating before you start. Whether it’s writing a blog post, cleaning the room, subtitling tv shows, scheduling social media posts, translating documents, or something as simple as running errands from my mom. Over time, I’ve learned to identify some principles about procrastination, why we do it, and how to overcome it.
There is always a day in a week when my to-do list continues to grow, and the task I need to do can become even more daunting – even more, when having two jobs. That’s why people start procrastinating in the first place – we’re too overwhelmed by it and don’t know how to begin.
In today’s post, I will try to explain how we can stop procrastinating, with a lot of reading, trial and error, and constant improvement of systems and habits.
Find a job you truly love and enjoy doing
I’ve mentioned that you can turn your passion into a career and it’s a fact. We do what we enjoy, we make time for it, and are free of distractions.
For instance, I love translating and sharing my life experience through my blogs. I absolutely love the entire process – the writing, the researching, the brainstorming ideas, the SEO-ing, finding gorgeous stock images – ALL of it!
Not many people have the chance to do what they love. They ended up quitting – looking for a new job – quitting – looking for a new job, all in a circle. Once you have the job you truly desire, that showcases your passion, your system is ready to tackle an important task that you’ve been putting off for a while.
Use a planner (physical or digital)
I don’t know how many times you will read this. But, I totally love planning everything! You can’t do any work if you don’t know what assignments need to be completed, right? I write every single thing on my planner – my job’s to-do list, appointment, deadline, blogging schedule, my personal life, self-care routine, movie list, and more.
Invest in a planner or start using the calendar app on your phone. This makes it much easier to keep track of your personal schedule and important deadlines for your business.
Get the hard stuff done first
For me, the hard stuff as a blogger is the process of creating (high-quality) content. And this may make me want to push everything back further. The minimum time that I need to create a single 700-800 words article is 4-5 hours. It’s already so tiring for my brain.
After being a translator for years, I get used to writing and reading in English. Writing a blog post now feels more … enjoyable. Once I finish it, it’s over! It’s best to complete your most difficult assignments first. That way everything after it seems easier and takes a shorter amount of time.
Get rid of distractions
If you tend to spend too much time on social media when you should writing a post or studying or working, then shut your phone and turn off notifications from apps. It’s important to rid yourself of all distractions before you start working so you don’t get distracted halfway through your task.
Distractions could also be an external source, like annoying neighbors when you’re working from home like me. Try listening to melody to drown out their chatter. Alternatively, you can change your environment and head down to the local library (sadly I don’t have a good library here) or a coffee shop, where you can clear your mind and enjoy working on your task with free distraction.
Focus on your long term goals
In early 2022, I feel so discouraged with Instagram that chose to take a break from it. It’s very tempting to think about getting 300 likes on your Instagram post today. But it’s useless if there’s no engagement at all. The truth is hurt!
In early May, I start posting again and sharing only what I enjoy. I also write every single day on my blog and work on creating quality content that will have people turning to my blog when the time comes. This routine helps me to make writing on this main blog becomes much easier over time.
What would you rather have?
10,000 followers who are following you just to boost your numbers and never engage with you? Or an authentic audience that genuinely engages with you and follows what you post?
Keep in your mind that an authentic audience will take time to grow. But once you established that, they will be your most loyal audience. And don’t take it for granted.
I can’t say that I’m totally immune from procrastination. But I start these few simple steps to stop procrastinating when I have an important task to do on a certain day. The truth is, that overcoming procrastination relies more on your daily routines than willpower. Try your best to do a bit of this every single day to stop procrastinating and you’d realize how you overcoming the procrastination habit within a few weeks.
Now I want to hear your tips on how do you stop procrastinating? Share your ideas below!