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3 Simple Ways You Can Banish Procrastination Today

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We’ve all been there: that time when we had a big deadline coming up, or something important we knew needed to get done. And instead of figuring out what to do, it became easier to just put things aside and surf the net. Sound familiar?

Procrastination is a common way of dealing with stress. Studies have shown that procrastinators tend to see things for the short-term by choosing temporary relief rather than considering the long-term impact of their actions. Is there a way to overcome procrastination?

Everyone, even successful people and top performers, have days when they don’t want to do anything. The difference is that top performers find specific strategies to get themselves moving and accomplish things.

If you find yourself putting work off until “later”, there are techniques you can use to motivate yourself. It’s not simply about being born a productive person. I know this, because I’ve worked with numerous individuals who used to believe they were just naturally lazy! But with a few tweaks in mindset and approach, it is definitely possible to become someone who is proactive about pursuing important goals.

These 3 simple ways for getting rid of procrastination will give you that initial boost of energy that you need to get started:

1. Promise yourself a reward after doing some work

I like to treat myself to a reward, such as the latest episode of my favorite TV show – but only after I’ve done a certain amount of work. For example, if I haven’t started doing any work, I tell myself to get a portion of the work done before I can relax.

I repeat this process until the work gets done, if needed. So if you haven’t started on something, try giving yourself something pleasant to look forward to afterward as a source of motivation.

There’s also another benefit to this method. Sometimes, I find that once I get started on work, it’s easy to keep going. As a result, I can easily forgo my break and keep working for longer than I initially expected.

“Success leaves clues, and if you sow the same seeds, you’ll reap the same rewards.” – Brad Thor 

2. Break the task down into smaller chunks

When we have a big task in front of us, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by everything and just put things aside. Large tasks can actually be de-motivating, because it feels unrealistic to get things done.

As a result, we often don’t bother getting started on something we want to do. We fear failure. Or, we figure that if we can’t finish what we start, so why bother in the first place?

Instead of having a number of large tasks to do or one big task, just set one small task for now. You can begin with creating a concrete goal just for the day.

If you’re really feeling overwhelmed, you can break up the task even further. I like to create “mini-goals” that are very simple. For example, if I write an article, I might just set up a small goal such as jotting down a few bullet points.

Even though the task is small, it helps to make each component of the larger task much more manageable. It also breaks the resistance that we often feel when trying to start on something.

 

3. Give yourself a mental warm up first

Have you ever woken up and thought to yourself, “TODAY is the day I get started on _______” (i.e. being healthy, changing to a different career, etc.)? And once you sat down at your desk, you proceeded to surf the net for the next 45 minutes?

Let’s admit it. It can be difficult to go from waking up in the morning to getting yourself working right away. Our brains are still in resting mode and it can take a while to get used to doing something productive.

This is why I recommend doing a mental warm up exercise beforehand. Let’s think of it this way: you wouldn’t do intense exercise without stretching first, so wouldn’t it make sense that you should get your brain active before working?

I like to start off my day by doing some reading and highly recommend it (No, not the latest gossip news!). Instead, I suggest reading an interesting book that gets your brain going, whether it’s on self-development, a biography, or psychology.

You could warm up mentally by jotting down creative, innovative ideas on a notepad. Doing crossword or Sudoku puzzles are also small, but fun and effective ways to start off your day.

“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing — that’s why we recommend it daily.” – Zig Ziglar

Successful people find techniques to get themselves in the right frame of mind, rather than dreaming of “someday” that they’ll get the work done. You too can be successful, in whichever way you define success. It means thinking of yourself as a productive person and re-thinking how to approach your work and goals.

Which one of these methods do you find most effective? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Melissa Chu is the founder of Jumpstart Your Dream Life, where she helps people get productive and incorporate positive habits into their everyday lives. You can download the guide that shows you how to achieve your goals (without giving up). So get started today. Download the guide here.

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Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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