5 Steps To Turn Procrastination Into Motivation
When it comes to picking between working and slacking off, we’re easy to fall under the trap of the latter. Here’s the thing: I’m such a good procrastinator that most of the time, I don’t even realize I do it. Sound familiar?
It’s easy to put off things – even when you know that “the earlier, the better” is the golden rule when it comes to completing tasks. We’re only human – but if you’re easily susceptible, best to stay away and stay productive.
Mine usually comes in phases of the year. And now’s the season where you’re at your busiest, but also at your laziest. Like you’re just in dire need of some vacay time. So to help you cruise through the weeks until then, here are some hacks you can do to motivate yourself when you’re at your laziest state.
1. GET YOUR SHIT TOGETHER
I’m not saying you need to have your life together (although that would be great). I’m literally telling you to get your shit in one place – your laptop, earphones, notebook, other working essentials, and everything.
Now sit down with all of these – and you’d have no reason to leave your seat. Try to get your phone out of the way and open your work chat apps and shit on your laptop. Everything in one place.
2. SET THE MOOD
Set the tone for your work environment. If you like listening to music while working, then listen to something fun, something that puts you in a good mood. Plug in those earphones and get that playlist started.
And if you’re the type that needs a no-fuss, no-distractions kinda place, then just find yourself a small corner where you can work from. Give yourself enough room to zone everything else out
I’m a 90’s kid, so I always prefer to write things down and actually make lists. Whether it’s errands, shit I need to buy, or work stuff that needs to get done – you’ll find it in my notebook.
This way, it’s easier for me to keep track of everything without having to search too many places for it. It helps me figure out deadlines, priority tasks, and what needs to be addressed in the coming weeks.
Having an overview of how much shit I need to do helps me focus on completing one task before starting a new one. Completing more things on my to-do list in a shorter amount of time is always easier than chilling and then panicking to finish everything on the same day.
4. START EASY
Make it a habit to do the easy tasks first and the more tedious ones for later. It’s really a double whammy: you get to finish more tasks, and you get bonus time to work on the more difficult ones.
Start with emails, or following up with colleagues. Work that’s more on the creative side can tend to take up a lot of time. Do research if you need to get some inspiration or learn a little bit more about what you’re doing.
Once the easy tasks are over, the best way to get motivated on a new thing is to make it more fun for you. Find joy in what you’re doing. Create diagrams, draw to show what you’re envisioning, or write those ideas down. Keep welcoming them; don’t shut them out.
5. GIVE YOURSELF 5 MINUTES
Now when the time comes when you can’t put off that task you were supposed to do – well, sucks to be you. Haha just kidding – here’s a hack I learned from Instagram’s CEO, Kevin Systrom:
“If you don’t want to do something, make a deal with yourself to do at least five minutes of it. After five minutes, you’ll end up doing the whole thing.”
Either that or you’re so into it already that you don’t realize five minutes have passed. It’s called the five-minute rule (obviously), in case you wanna look that up.
Words by Martha Ignacio