Monday, October 11, 2010

5 Signposts on the Road to Avoiding Procrastination

Staying motivated or simply avoiding procrastination is a common situation that everyone faces when the excitement of any task is overcome by the boredom of its execution.  Any motivated activity starts with a need. This need creates a drive and then the drive activates a response designed to achieve a certain goal. Sometimes obstacles look to be overwhelming and avoiding procrastination seems impossible however with signposts pointing in the direction of goal achievement, placed firmly on the road to success, there is no need to give up.

 Your living room wall color is faded.  This observation creates a thought in your head generating a need for color change. Thinking about changing the color of your living room walls is the drive and the fading of the color is the need. Buying the paint and other products is the response designed to achieve the goal of a new coat of paint on the walls. But what happens when the excitement of the new color is overshadowed by the reality of physically moving a very heavy chair and coffee table. Avoiding procrastination and staying motivated after realizing far more work than anticipated is ahead, and the football game looks to be a better Sunday afternoon project, can be easier than you think.

It is important to keep track of your focus.

 Create goals you want to achieve. Create an objective you want to accomplish. What is the end result? What do you want out of doing this? These questions may seem obvious but many people do not have a good enough goal when avoiding procrastination becomes a problem. It is easy to give up when the incentive value of the new paint pales to the incentive value of the football game. If painting the wall is not something you really want to achieve you will never finish the job. This is also an important point- you must want to achieve your stated goal.
 Create Benchmarks. What is step one, two and three? This is one way to avoid procrastination and overcome obstacles associated with goals that are not as appealing for personal satisfaction reasons, but equally important to complete. Avoiding procrastination when your boss asks you to create a report or your wife insists you paint the living room regardless of your opinions on the matter, becomes as easy as 1-2-3. Step one may be clearing the room.  Step two can be buying the paint and so on.
 Follow through.  Now that you have a plan-DO IT- this is the action part. Avoiding procrastination will be important.
 Reward yourself-nice job! This is the easiest way to make sure you are staying motivated. Once you have completed predetermined benchmarks, reward yourself.  The hard work completed while reaching your benchmark will be well worth it- watch some of the football game after you have finished the first wall.  
 Tell people.  Accountability is important  and with it avoiding procrastination becomes easier.  You must let other know about some goals so they can hold you accountable. Staying motivated is easier if you are not the only person that knows what you are doing.  If you let your wife know that you are going to paint the living room walls she will hold you accountable for your statement every day until you complete your stated goal.

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1 comment:

  1. wow this is great info. thanks alot and i will return again.