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What Is Procrastination, and How Can You Beat It?

Procrastination is, simply put, an easy way out, since you cannot fail if you never try.
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What Is Procrastination, and How Can You Beat It?

Some believe that the road to greatness and success is a thing that is just waiting to be trodden upon. In reality, this road does not exist on its own; it is something you need to build yourself first in order to travel it. Use your strength, endurance and will to pave your own life path. The destination that you will reach is bound to be worth any effort invested. Still, we can all agree that this is in no way an easy task.

What is Procrastination: Identifying your enemy

Conspiracy theorists would probably claim that breaking your spirit is the society’s way of keeping you in check and although this may sound a bit ridiculous, there is some truth to this statement. Every day, we are bombarded from all sides with messages that try to persuade us we are simply not worthy of success. This is when your greatest enemy reveals its true face – procrastination. This is, simply put, an easy way out, since you cannot fail at anything if you never try to do it in the first place.

Influencing your subconscious

Set your mind on a single goal. Regardless of what everyone claims you are supposed to wish for, it is easy to identify which of these desires is actually yours. Now that you have managed to pinpoint the single thing that interests you the most, start saying it out loud the entire time. Turn the society’s weapon against it and surround yourself with images (both mental and actual) of success. Create a collage, a scrapbook or a journal in which you will speak about your deepest desires. Whenever you can, return to these images in order not to be misdirected or misguided easily.

Finding the right motivation

The previous step was important because in order to get anything done you need to be motivated properly. Basic behavioral psychology teaches us that the most effective motivation is an intrinsic one. Knowing what you goal is and why is it so important for you to reach it will keep you going even through your darkest hours. Set some milestones or checkpoints along the way so that you can observe your progress. This will ensure that you don’t get discouraged along the way, and help you persevere in your endeavors.

Starting the revolution

The first thing to do is get off the couch and introduce some radical changes to your lifestyle. The idea is to start the revolution that will shake the bases of your daily routine to their very foundations. Start taking small steps and do the things you always knew you should but never got your way around to actually do. Make your bed in the morning, spend some time with that one friend you truly regret losing connection with or go for an evening stroll in the rain. Every day do something new and in turn, your willpower will get ever stronger while your idle side starts to decay.

Leading healthy lifestyle

Whatever you decide to do, keeping a healthy lifestyle should be paramount. This will include getting up early in the morning, regularly performing physical exercise and above all else, eating healthier. There are those who are frightened by the popular belief that eating healthy means spending a small fortune on food. Nothing can be further from the truth. There are many different ways for you to eat healthy on a budget; all you need to do is put some more effort into it. Look for items on sale, buy them in bulk and introduce a lot of vegetables.

Regular physical exercise

Exercising regularly can improve your lifestyle in many different ways. It is a known fact that exercise helps release numerous different beneficial substances that our body needs, such as serotonin and endorphin. This is why exercise is effective even against depression. Regular exercise will ward off the anxiety and allow you to bring your A-game whenever you need it. It will also ensure that you always get the most from your day.

Creating a distraction free work environment

Although aesthetics are very important, practicality is of higher priority. Because of this, if you want something done, it is essential that you create a distraction-free work environment. Ancient Chinese knew that there is a natural connection between living beings and inanimate objects. They called the art of turning this knowledge to your own benefit Feng Shui. A messy environment leads to a messy mind; so utilize your surroundings to match your professional needs.

By following these steps, you will get one step closer to your goal. However, if this goal still seems too far away, it just means that you have to start moving towards it as soon as possible.

A Statue of Lao Tzu - What is procrastination, and how do you beat it?

As the philosopher Lao-Tzu said,

“Even a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

Use this ancient wisdom to your own advantage and make that first step right now!

One Comment

  • Kate F says:

    I used to be a horrific procrastinator until I discovered which sports I like and which sports I don’t like. It’s so much easier to do things when you understand the exact reasons and benefits behind them 🙂

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