How to Win The Battle with Procrastination

Procrastination, Let's Reach Success

The more you put off something, the more pain your create in your life. Because anticipating the thing you have to – do but don’t want to – is painful.

Going to the gym, for example, is easy once you’re there. But you can anticipate it a whole week before that, and now the brain accepts it as a negative experience and wants you to put it off for later. And thus, comes up with tens of excuses not to do it, and ideas of what to do instead (usually easier tasks you can switch to right away, distractions).

But never forget that procrastination is a choice you make.
And as with every other, there’s a deeper reason behind it.

You may spend hours trying to figure it out, and in the end, it’s you and the task again. The thing you want to put off, the activity you worry about, fear, or think might fail at.

And you have to make the same choice again –  whether to start working on it now, or switch to something else.

But if we let procrastination win all the time, we don’t get anything done. And can never move forward, achieve our goals and reach our dreams.

We’ll be stuck in doing meaningless things and living with distractions.

And I’m sure that’s not the life you’ve planned for yourself.

So here are some things to do that will help you win the battle with procrastination:

  • identify what’s important and clear everything else away, know why you’re doing it;
  • break your tasks into smaller actions that are easy and quick;
  • know that nothing matters now but the task;
  • starting is what scares most of us, but it’s also the only time you’ll actually have to use your willpower. From then on, it gets much easier. Just start small;
  • you’ll have urges to switch to another task right away. Don’t listen to them. It’s your resilience speaking. And it doesn’t want you to get anything done;
  • your mind will make up a bunch of excuses as to why you don’t need to take action now. And this can change your decision, if you let it. So don’t;
  • set a time period;
  • have a deadline, it helps;
  • work without distractions – do whatever you need to do so that there won’t be any people coming in the room, phones ringing, notifications coming, etc;
  • we usually focus on the hard part of the task, on how long it will take us, on the things we need to do after that. And it all looks hard and exhausting. We get anxious.
    So try to focus on why you need to do it – think of the benefits of getting it done: how good you’ll feel, how relieved you’ll be, that you’ll be closer to your goals, are being productive, etc.

We can only fear the task and the process of doing it, before we’ve started working on it. So if you start right away, and don’t give your mind time to think too much and analyze what may go wrong, you might just find it super easy to complete it, too.

Win the battle with procrastination a few times, and you’ll get better, more confident, and will see it’s not that hard. Soon it will become a habit to just begin working on stuff, and get it done in no time.

So do you struggle with procrastination? What do you do about it?

See also:

Procrastination Hacks
Beating the fear that causes it
Effective strategies to fight it
Break the procrastination habit
Time hacks

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How to Have Energy All Day When You Work from Home

energy focus and productivity tips for anyone working from home all day

Lack of energy is one of the challenges of working from home. Staying focused and productive, keeping our motivation levels up, not getting distracted and ignoring interruptions are all things we struggle with as bloggers, freelancers and online business owners.

In fact, I got lazy earlier today around noon and that annoyed me a bit. It’s proof that even years of working from home aren’t enough to get rid of this. It’s just how the body and brain work. And while there are some productivity and energy hacks we can try, it’s something we’ll need to make peace with.

But I was determined not give up and call it a day and start doing unproductive things. Instead, I finished an article I was writing for a client and did a few other little things. One more cup of coffee and I started getting ready to go out. I hit the gym and felt accomplished. Imagine if I stayed at home allowing the lack of energy and mental clarity to take over?

It’s always better to just start doing stuff, as you’ll see below. If you too are working from home and struggle with keeping your energy for the whole day, here are some tips that really work:

Tips for Staying Energetic When Working from Home

Check out some tips on how to get more done and keep your energy for the whole day when you work from home:

1. Work while standing.

You can alternate periods of sitting and standing while working from home. Or you can just do it while standing for a few hours.

I begin the day by creating a fake standing desk, placing my MacBook on it and working like that. These are my sacred hours and I do my most important work then. Standing definitely keeps me alert and helps me be more productive.

But don’t just take my word for it. It’s science-backed. Plenty of studies have found that working from a standing desk improves not just productivity but also health.

2. Get moving.

When you’re doing work on your laptop, especially if it’s something repetitive, rather boring or just a project you’ve been stuck with for a long time, you can easily feel sleepy. To get your focus and energy back, get up and do something.

Declutter a bit, do a chore, go to the store, take a shower, start getting ready for going out even if it’s too early for that, do a few squats.

Any type of movement would be beneficial to your energy levels. That’s a quick trick whenever you start feeling lazy but have more work to do.

3. Snack strategically.

I’m a fan of intermittent fasting and don’t have a big meal in the first part of the day. The first calories I consume are from the milk in my coffee. Then, during or after my most important work for the day, I eat yogurt and nuts, an omelet or a fruit. These all give me energy yet they don’t make me feel full or get distracted.

A big meal, however, especially one rich in carbs, would ruin my productivity. I’ll even feel like napping right after it and no work is usually done after that.

Find what works best for you but know that some snacks are better than others. Here are some productivity-boosting foods to check out.

4. Go outside.

The fresh air, the act of leaving home itself, being around people and being in public are all things that will freshen you up and make you alert. You can take a walk, be in nature or just spend 15 minutes outside your building.

Here’s why sunlight and fresh air are great for the body and mind.

5. Gather all your willpower.

Earlier today when I felt like skipping the gym and leaving the rest of the work I had planned for the day for tomorrow, I imagined how bad I’ll feel in the evening. And especially tomorrow when I’ll have to compensate for all that.

I like my productive self the most and know it’s a matter of willpower to get things done.

Working from home makes us lazier indeed but the energy itself isn’t gone, we just need to remember why we do what we do and bring it back by building momentum.

So that’s kind of a mind hack to have energy all day when you work from home.

6. Get social.

Freelance isolation is a real thing. I’m personally struggling with that too. Social interaction makes up happy and gives meaning to our days. We crave it especially when we run an online business and spend most of our time at home.

So to wake up your mind and get it ready for more work call a friend, get a client on a video call, have a meeting with your virtual staff, or meet with a friend for coffee.

If you need more social interaction around the afternoon slump, take your laptop to a coffice or a coworking space.

7. Hit the gym.

That works for me every time. It’s the part with getting there that’s the challenge.

You need to get ready, leave home and actually have a proper workout. But the feeling after it is great. Fitness is one of the main reason why I can focus in the first part of the day and why I’m more productive and energetic for the whole day in general.

So that’s how I beat laziness when working from home and save focus and productive energy for the day. You can do the same.

We all struggle with the afternoon slump and lack of focus and productivity when working from home. Here are my best tips to beat laziness and have energy for the whole day when you work from home: #workfromhometips #productivityhacks #findfocus #workingfromhome