We’ve all been there. You’ve had a long weekend, and by the time Monday morning comes around you let your plans fall to the side and give in to your bodies desire to sleep. Or, if we’re being honest with ourselves here, and I’d like to believe we are. Even after you awake, you decide to lounge in bed for an hour, and the next thing you know it’s 2 p.m. and you haven’t even brushed your teeth.
We’ve all been there. If you’re anything like me, there’s nothing worse than finding out that it’s 8 p.m. and you can’t recall doing anything with your day besides binge watching your favorite show on Netflix.
Every day you aren’t productive is a day you’re holding yourself back from YOUR dreams.
But, how do you get out of that lazy slump? How can you say “audios!” to procrastinating?
The most successful people are not people that never feel lazy. They do! The difference between them and everyone else is they find a way to get over it, and get shit done.
In This Article You Will Learn How To:
– Get out of bed in the morning
– motivate yourself
– stop procrastinating
The best feeling you can have is knowing each day you are getting one step closer to achieving your dreams. Let me tell you right now, you sure aren’t going to get there sitting on the couch, eating popcorn, and watching all 6 seasons of Games of Thrones. Even though, and trust me when I say this, I wish that was the case.
Hard work pays off though, and almost anything that takes effort is worth it in the long run. Think about it, all the frustration you may have had while assembling your Ikea table dissipates when you finally finish it. Instead, the table becomes your favorite piece of furniture, because you had a hand in building it and it brings you pride.
When you accomplish something, whether it’s big or small, YOU did it, and there is no single better feeling than that.
How can you get out of our slump though? How can you get the motivation you need to accomplish what you want?
Start Your Day Off Right
Getting up in the morning can be hard. Especially, if you are faced with the task of working as soon as you get up. This would make anyone not want to get up!
So, even if it means getting up an hour or 30 minutes earlier, get up early enough where you give yourself time to have a daily morning routine. The days I give myself time to eat, and replenish my body before rushing to get ready or start on work are the days when I feel best and am most productive.
Work can be daunting and stressful, so the last thing you want to do is make that the first thing you have to do. It will be so much easier to get up in the morning if you know you have time for a shower, coffee, breakfast, or even a 20-minute Ted Talk or even a TV show before you get started on your days work.
Then once you’ve had a chance to ease into the day, suddenly doing something like work won’t seem so bad.
Set Goals for Yourself
Chances are, if you don’t have planned out goals you aren’t going to be fulfilling any! You need to have goals and desires that you are aware of to achieve them. Most likely you aren’t just going to fall into success. It takes work, and it takes intention.
Be mindful of where you are, and what you want to accomplish next. When you don’t set goals for yourself, you have nothing to follow and nothing to hold you accountable.
Finding the right way to motivate YOU is key. You can set goals and reward yourself when you hit them, or you can place visual reminders (e.g. sticky notes) of your goals around your house and not remove them till you’ve accomplished them.
Don’t beat yourself up if you tried your best and didn’t succeed at your goal the first time either. There are plenty of successful people that started off with countless failures. Instead, take the initiative to learn from the experience by revising and honing your craft. It’s okay to set new goals if you have to.
Don’t Get in the Way of Yourself
You have the power to be one of two things. The first is to be the key to your own success, and the second is to be the downfall. The only person that can stop you from having crazy wild success is yourself. You don’t have to be the smartest person, or the most clever. You just have to have determination and resilience.
One of the biggest reasons why people, or I myself procrastinate is out of fear. Fear on how long or how hard it will be, or fear that you won’t be able to do it right.
The best way to beat procrastination that’s rooted out of anxiety on how long it will take is to chunk up the tasks. Don’t expect to write a 5 page essay with no breaks an hour. It’s not going to happen, and you’re going to put it off. Instead, plan a schedule that actually works.
It’s fine to finish the essay in one day, but give yourself a reasonable schedule so you aren’t crunching the last 50 minutes before it’s due. Something that works for me while I’m doing homework, or writing a blog post is setting increments of time for work and breaks. Try out 40 minutes of working followed by a 10-minute break. This way your work to break ratio is well balanced and you’ll be getting a lot done still. Yet, the steady break will help you to not feel overwhelmed and let you focus better when you get started back on your task.
“Fear stops more dreams than failure ever will” – Suzy Kassem
In order to beat procrastination you have to overcome yourself. You are your biggest critic, and your singular biggest obstacle to finding success.
Failures are common, believe it or not. So don’t let a few stop you from getting back on the horse and giving it a-go again! Or even worse, don’t let fear stop you from trying at all.
I’ve always been fascinated with social media and mass media. I’ve grown up with technology, and have been using it heavily for the majority of my life. So, when I was younger I came across Youtube and decided that I wanted to do that. I created one or two videos, and got a whopping 60 subscribers. Because I wasn’t getting the growth I wanted, I felt kind of rejected. Instead of doing something to better my content, or trying to reach more people, I quit. Looking back, I really regret quitting, and it was foolish of me to be so hard on myself.
Like I said, I only had about 2 videos and 60 subscribers. For 5 years ago, and no advertisements that wasn’t so bad. I was being my worst critic, and I gave up on myself without even trying to change the outcome I was disappointed with.
Now flash forward to 5-ish years later I’m 19 and just starting this blog, trying to hop back into the saddle of internet success. If I would have kept at things back when I was 14 I’m sure my life would look a lot different now. We are the only ones responsible for delaying our success.
If there’s one piece of advice I could give anyone, it would be to stop getting in the way of yourself. Be vulnerable to failure and rejection, and most importantly learn how to rise above it and get better each time.
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