We have to cease procrastinating. As a university senior, I’ve been in class for nearly 20 years now. However, I nonetheless discover myself finishing my tasks solely on the final minute (assuming I even full them). Funnily, I’m at all times optimistic about finishing my duties promptly on the primary day I obtain them. However, in the back of my thoughts, I do know very effectively that the procrastination bug goes to tightly grip my neck until at the least the night time earlier than the deadline.
After going by way of numerous books on the right way to cease procrastinating (sure, I procrastinated studying them too…), I may need discovered one that may crack the code. I’m not saying that you’ll flip right into a proactive, project-completing junkie however it’s going to positively change the way you navigate your ideas. So give it a go!
To chop down on procrastination, you could generate ACTIONABLE duties.
What does “actionable” imply? When a job is actionable, it may be achieved instantly, with out trouble. That is one takeaway you could keep in mind. Let me use an instance for example. Say you could do your laundry. So, you diligently put in your to-do-list, “Do the laundry”. Appears fairly straight ahead however many people nonetheless have piled up laundry begging for our consideration.
Now evaluate these two sentences:
“Do the laundry” VS “Put garments within the laundry basket into the washer”.
The primary sentence says that you’ve a chore to do. However the second sentence says that you’ll take perhaps three hand motions to finish your job. Which one are you extra motivated to hearken to? The second. The second sentence is an actionable job. An actionable job has the facility to coerce your mind into finishing it.
That was a reasonably easy instance although. Doing laundry is probably not a frightening job but to those that nonetheless haven’t tumbled into the deepest webs of procrastination. What about duties which are extra difficult and require a number of actions to finish? For this, let’s take into consideration one other job, “Full your historical past essay”. Once more, this job looks like it’s actionable, however it’s actually not.
Keep in mind, a job that’s actionable is one thing that you possibly can do instantly, with out trouble.
Doing an essay truly has so many complexities that your mind can’t dive into it with ease. Earlier than I do an essay, there are numerous issues my mind is subconsciously stressing about: What’s going to I write about? What number of arguments will I make? How do I get an A+?
Because of this, your mind will get clouded, turns into daunted by the duty after which tries to keep away from eager about it. If you wish to cease procrastinating, you must discover a approach round this.
So, to consolation your mind, you must tweak the wording of your job by utilizing easier, actionable phrases to interrupt it down. Breaking such an enormous job down until you may generate actionable sub-tasks will encourage your mind to truly do it proper now.
Going again to the essay instance, take into consideration the issues that finishing it requires — you could brainstorm your factors, perhaps have about four physique paragraphs, an intro, a conclusion, and so forth. These will be damaged right down to change into extra actionable. For instance, once you get the essay homework, begin with a sub-task, “Draw a thoughts map for the essay construction in 20 minutes”. This appears extra doable than “Do your essay” as a result of you already know precisely what you’re alleged to do and for the way lengthy you could do it. In different phrases, attempt to make the sub-task straight-forward and time-bound. That is one other takeaway you could keep in mind.
Additionally, psychologists say that after getting began on a job, you usually tend to proceed committing to it. Breaking down an advanced job into actionable sub-tasks makes you extra more likely to do the primary sub-task. Doing the primary sub-task gives you the momentum to proceed with the next sub-tasks until you truly see the entire massive job by way of.
Tweaking phrases to remodel a job into an actionable one takes follow. Turning an advanced job into smaller, straight-forward chunks shouldn’t be simple to do. I’m not excellent at doing it myself. However, perceive that for any job, the easier and easier-to-do it appears, the extra probably you’re to do it! So, you may cease procrastinating and get issues achieved!
Only a free-spirited individual with a want to share every thing that has helped me change into a extra productive and aspirational individual.