Updated: Jun 27, 2020
The problem is that we are programmed to procrastinate. In general, we all tend to struggle with tasks that promise future upside as compared to an immediate gain. The pleasure of eating an ice cream now or sleeping one extra hour is much more than getting fit and active over the course of a few years.
However, the costs of procrastination are often considerable. Evidence suggests that the habit of leaving things until the last minute generally results in low-quality work performance and reduced well-being.
So why when so many problems arise out of Procrastination do we still indulge in it? And how do we deal with it?
Here are 5 powerful and easy ways to kill the habit of procrastination:
1. Cultivate Self Discipline
Children almost always finish their homework, eat meals that are right for them and sleep at a fixed time. They live under a structure and follow a discipline to be able to make the best and achieve the most from their day. Over the course of time, as we grow older we tend to develop a rebellious attitude towards this structure. As life throws challenges at us we become laid back and tend to let go of the most important teaching of our youth, which is self-discipline.
Self Discipline is the only skill required to master any other skill.
People with a higher degree of self-discipline spend less time debating whether or not to indulge in behaviors that are detrimental to their growth and are able to take action more easily.
You will be amazed at how much you can accomplish by simply following this rule.
2. Two-Minute Rule
If it takes less than two minutes, then do it now. It’s surprising how many things we put off that we could get done in two minutes or less. For example, sending out that email, cleaning up the clutter on your desk, making that courtesy customer call to take feedback and so on.
Can all of our goals be accomplished in 2 min? Obviously not. But the two-minute rule works for bigger goals as well, because every task can be started in two minutes or less. Allow me to explain.
Want to eat healthier? Just eat one piece of fruit (Two-Minute Rule)
Want to make reading a habit? Just read the first page of a new book (Two-Minute Rule)
Want to never miss a workout? just get your sports shoes on and get out the door (Two-Minute Rule).
Taking the first step will often inspire you to go all the way.