January is a month when we are motivated to make changes to slay the New Year. However, by the third week, or spring some people do not stay consistent then the procrastination begins, tomorrow, tomorrow.
Here are some mind hacks to conquer procrastination:
Create a schedule
By creating a schedule and planning out your plan of attack, you are more likely to stick to it. By looking at your calendar, it will help you stay more accountable.
Don’t overcomplicate things.
We create problems in our head with pointless chatter. Sitting there and dreading doing something is going to make it harder to push the start button. Stop over thinking and creating problems where there are none.
Create a routine
Routines are the best way to get out of this unproductive rut. Routines are easier to maintain because they are habits that require little brain processing. Once you create healthy habits that help keep you on track, you will find that procrastination is a thing of the past.
Make a list of your goals
Writing your goals down can help you stay on track. After jotting them down, look closely at the amount of time you’ve allotted for yourself. Can you finish what you want done in that amount of time? Make sure the time frames are realistic before you dive in.
Turn off distractions
Stop checking your email or social media updates every few minutes. Remember, every ding and swish you hear from your digital device isn’t other people interrupting you. It’s your fault for not having enough self-control to ignore those time sucker interruptions.
Just do it
The longer you sit around waiting to be more productive, the longer you’re going to procrastinate. You have to get going in order to really start feeling the groove. So start taking some baby steps in the right direction, and before you know it, you’ll be checking things off your calendar, or to-do list every day.
Treat yo self
Another way to motivate yourself to complete a task is to treat yo self with a reward that you will give yourself once it’s been finished. Research shows the human brain responds to reward stimulus and this can be an excellent way to create habits.
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Photo credit: Diane von Furstenberg in Vogue, July 1976