Career Warrior Podcast
#54) Learn How to Stop Procrastinating | Get More Done
Today, we are going to punch procrastination in the face and get more stuff done.
Why would you want to listen to this episode?
- You need to get some big projects done.
- You’re just getting started on making some behavior changes in your life - or changes in your routine.
- You need to confront your fears about communicating something (e.g. ask for a promotion).
What I am about to discuss with you today has come from many other authors and experts who have helped me in my journey.
Setting the Context
- Why do we procrastinate? Newton’s First Law of Motion and the perfectionist standard.
Four Things We Can Do to Stop Procrastinating:
- Focus. In How Memory Works, memory expert Robert Madigan discusses the principle of how we can pay better attention. And since attention is directly related to our productivity, I thought this was a perfect example. Start with asking yourself why you’re procrastinating. Also, knowing why you are doing the task will keep your energy high. (What is possible if I achieve my goal? Why do I want this?)
- The principle of “Just One Step.” Just focus on taking the first step. Decide for yourself if it’s going to be the hardest or easiest step.
- Chunking aka the Chris method. I’ve heard this from coaches online and published authors who have a tough time writing content. (Yes - even they get writing blocks). Let your drafts be drafty. Let your work be crappy at first. Then revise, revise, revise.
- Accountability. You want to find a way to make sure you actually get this done and do it according to a deadline? Get someone else involved.
Resources Mentioned in the Show:
- Do the first three steps mentioned in this episode, and then email us at email@example.com. We will be your accountability partner --and check up on your progress!
- Read the Psychology Today article by Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D. She discusses how to beat procrastination and the perfectionist standard in this episode.
- Learn more about focus and improving memory in Robert Madigan's How Memory Works -- And How to Make it Work for You.