One of the most common challenges I hear from other creative people is how to stop procrastination. It can be so frustrating, right?! No one likes to get their coffee brewed, their mindset prepped, their workplace settled… and then realize they just spent 30 minutes watching cat videos on YouTube instead of growing their business!
The good news: Over the past 15 years in communications and marketing, having started a podcast, written a best-selling book for women in business, I’ve learned a few tricks to stop procrastination. I’m sharing them with you today!
Read below or watch the video on how to stop procrastination to break the cycle today!
3 Tips to Stop Procrastination Today
1. Set Small Time Intervals
If you’ve ever set out to spend the next two hours working on something, you know how challenging it can be to remain fully focused. So break it down! Try staying heads-down until you write three paragraphs or stick to just 15 minutes of nonstop focus. You’ll find you can accomplish things fairly quickly when you’re focused on small chunks of a project (or small periods of time). That momentum creates more momentum, and projects get done pretty quickly when you conquer three paragraphs at a time.
2. Turn Off Notifications
This tip isn’t super fun but it IS effective! When I need to get in the zone, I silence my phone, turn it over, or put it in another room. I get through whatever I’m working on (see Step #1) and THEN I get my phone back. Which leads to…
3. Give Yourself a Small Reward When Done
We’re not talking anything huge, but if you have an urge to check social media, the news, or emails, tell yourself that you can once you get through Step #1. Or give yourself a small break to refill your coffee, stretch, or take a few deep breaths looking out your window… ideally something that encourages you to be even more productive when you get back, with a clearer head for the next round.
This cycle is simple but helps me massively:
- Decide what I am going to get through in the next 15 to 20 minutes.
- Turn off all distractions.
- Give myself a mini break or reward when done.
Rinse, repeat. Bye, procrastination! 👋
I would love in the comments if you have any other tips or tricks, too!
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