Procrastination - we've all struggled with it. Whether you have writers block or just don't want to look at that to-do list that has been on your fridge for two weeks. It seems that as soon as you start getting something done, you find a million other things to do. It can always get done tomorrow, right? You just can't stop procrastinating!
If you struggle with procrastination, you need to take action now! The longer you procrastinate fighting your procrastination, the worse it will get. Here is how you can get started.
Make a plan. Write it in stone - either on your cell or on a piece of paper - just make sure it is there to remind you of what you need to do. If you have an alarm feature on your cell phone, use that to set a time. If you have a large project, plan out all the steps you will need to take to completely finish it. This will make sure you get it done in time.
Set a deadline. If there is no deadline for your project or job, set one. Make sure it is reasonable but don't give yourself so much time that you can put it off even more. Write it down so it becomes real for you. If there is already an official deadline set, make a personal deadline so you get it done sooner. This gives you extra time to fine-tune instead of rushing it the night before the due date.
Get others in on it. Let others know what your doing. Make sure that if you log on to facebook, they tell you to get off and get to work. This will hold you accountable for your job. Make sure to tell more than one friend, so that it is more likely you will get caught on the internet.
Get rid of distractions. Unplug your wifi router, put away the book your reading, and close the door. Get rid of your i-pod and anything you don't need to complete your project, because - you don't need it! Check your Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and whatever else before so you know there's nothing new. Go to the bathroom and grab a sandwich. Make sure there is NOTHING else you need to do.
Do it. Do it now. Stop reading this article, and go finish your job. It won't finish itself, you know!