One question I have been asked severally this New Year revolves around how to deal with procrastination. I know exactly what procrastination means, and I can tell you in few words. Procrastination simply means postponing what needs to be done NOW till a later time. In fact, the later time might never come. For most people, this singular habit deprives them of living their best lives.
The simple answer I give people when they ask me about how to deal with procrastination is this: Deal with it in your mind! I know this sounds very simple, like, how will I deal with procrastination in my mind. Don’t worry, I will simplify it further.
Permit me to say that everything you will ever amount to in life starts and ends in the mind. The mind is the, most powerful resource for getting things done practically. Relating how to deal with procrastination with the mind, you need to set your mind out to achieve what needs to be done first. That’s the first place to take action! Tell yourself, you will get things done, and actually do so.
Well, you might say, hmm, this isn’t as easy as you say, but just follow me closely, I will share 3 practical ways to deal with this thing called procrastination.
How to deal with procrastination
As I earlier said, you need your mind to believe that you will actually deal with procrastination. That’s the first step to take. Furthermore, these things will help you:
Write out what you want to do in a journal
The practice of writing down your ideas can never be old fashioned. If you want to deal with procrastination, then start by writing down what you want to do. For example, this will help
- What do I want to do?
- What is this dependent on?
- Who do I need to talk to?
- What time frame do I intend to achieve this?
After truthfully stating this, it’s time to get accountable, which moves me to the next point, ACCOUNTABILITY.
Be Accountable to someone
Do you have mentors? Do you have friends, do you have people you can share your ideas with and will be on your neck to see that you achieve it? Then you are covered. If you have an idea and are ready to launch out, tell someone about it. Give your word to someone who will hold you accountable to it. By doing this, your mind begins to work practically at achieving your set down goals, because we humans always want to keep a good face before others.
Do what you set out to do
This is the last point. There is no magic formula on how to deal with procrastination save DOING what needs to be done. Just do it, against all odds, do it anyhow, do it now. And even if you don’t get to achieve all you set out to do, you will be glad took that bold step. The very next time you want to achieve a goal, you will be more energized to take action.
I trust this post has helped you learn so much on how to deal with procrastination. Please go over the points listed in this post again, share this post with friends too, and send me a mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you will still like me to help you further.