Here are three thoughts that can target the source of your procrastination:
1. “It can be flawed.”
You need to give yourself permission to act imperfectly. If you want to write a book, your first draft will never be up to scratch. It’s four or five drafts later where you see the real improvement. So until you give yourself this permission, you’ll stay inactive.
It will help you close the gap between what you want to do and what you can do – it also enables you to take action.
Perfectionism can be the root of procrastination. So when you stop aiming for perfection, you will become more productive. Give it a try.
2. “What’s the best thing I could be doing right now?”
As we’ve found out, procrastinators tend to be perfectionists and this is why trying to find the best course of action is such a prevalent time steal. Trying to pick the best way to complete a task can paralyse us. Instead, think of something actionable that you can do right now – this will take the pressure off finding the perfect way of doing things. Doing something good now beats thinking about doing something perfect.
3. “How can I make this easier?”
So far our solutions have targeted the internal barriers of getting things done. One of the easiest ways to increase productivity is to change the goalposts. For example:
- Instead of aiming to write 2,500 words, start with 100 (you can always increase your target).
- Instead of pressuring yourself to find a new partner, try to find a new friend.
- Instead of trying to start up a whole new business, maybe try to sell one service or an item at a time.
You can accomplish many things in small steps.