How to stop procrastinating? How to get things done?
This is one of the biggest problems that we face in today’s world.
“I’ll do it tomorrow” mindset is the one that will set you up for failure.
The problem is, tomorrow quickly becomes today, so you set a new tomorrow task. This tomorrow task eventually becomes a next week task, then a next month task, then a next year task.
Definition of procrastination
Procrastination means the act of putting off something until a later time, either by not starting a task or by not finishing one you’ve started.
Most people live as if they are sure that they will get what they want. You don’t know!
So if you’re putting off what you should be doing, you will never achieve your goals.
If you knew that you only have five years left, one year left, one day left, I don’t know, and you don’t know, and that’s the point.
How different would you live your life if you knew that you only have one year left?
“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today. You are arranging what is in Fortune’s control and abandoning what lies in yours.”
Think about what you did yesterday. How much of it was pointless? Probably a lot.
How much of your time have you spent on Facebook? How many videos on YouTube have you watched?
It’s all wasted!
After reading this article, you will know how to overcome laziness, be more productive, and achieve your goals.
Let’s dive in.
How to stop procrastinating and get things done:
1. What’s the end game result?
What’s the best way to avoid procrastination? Simply stop thinking about the work that you have to do.
Too many people focus on when and how. Forget about that.
At first, you only have to think about what you want. What’s the goal? What’s the end game result?
I loved what Robert Kiyosaki said in his book ”Rich Dad Poor Dad.” He said, ”So what is the cure for laziness? The answer is a little greed.”
So how to stop procrastinating? Focus on the reward!
I was reading ”Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold was a man who got everything that he dreamed about.
- A little kid decided to dream about going to California. Pulled that off.
- Dreamed about being able to be the world’s top bodybuilder. Pulled that off
- Then he dreamed about being a millionaire. He started a business and learned real estate.
- Then he decided to become an actor. He could hardly speak English. He had that big accent. He kept going forward. And of course, he became a top actor. He pulled that off.
- He became a governor of California.
Imagine If you and I could pull off even a half of the achievements. That would be great.
So what was his formula?
This is what he said in his book.
‘’My dad’s answer to life was discipline. We had a strict routine that nothing could change: sports, exercises were added to the chores, and we had to earn our breakfast by doing sit-ups. In the afternoon, we’d finish our homework and chores, and my father would make us practice soccer no matter how bad the weather was. If we messed up on a play, we knew we’d get yelled at.’’
For Arnold, an action like working out was rewarded with the food. So he focused on reward, not the process.
If you’re worried about starting out and worried about what if it doesn’t work out, you’re focused on process.
You have to stop that and focus on your goal.
2. Get rid of your to-do lists
Most people spend their lives organizing their lives. Do you spend your life in organizing your life?
Putting things off is the biggest waste of life. The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy.
You see, we are planning our lives, but we’re not living our lives. Life is short you better act quickly!
Let’s say you want to clean your room. Next thing you do is probably you write it down on your to-do list.
Don’t create lists, because lists create cognitive loading, internal or on paper.
Because of the lists, you will be less effective. Your brain won’t function that well, you won’t be able to do deep thinking, you won’t be able to innovate like you should.
What you should do is this – get things done as soon as possible, don’t put them on your to-do list.
Clean your room right now! Boom!
When it comes to health, don’t set time when you’re gonna lift weights or workout. Do 10 pushups, 20 burpees while you’re reading this.
Don’t tell me what you’re gonna do tomorrow, because tomorrow is not promised.
So how to stop procrastinating? Take action right now!
3. Non-refundable minutes
You probably have heard the saying that life is short.
But Seneca says, ”It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much. … The life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully.”
If you look back at your life and think why you have not accomplished your dreams, here’s why:
- Greedy activity
- Dedication to useless tasks
- Drinking (drugs)
- Worrying what other people think you
- Self-imposed servitude to thankless people
- Pursuing other peoples money (making someone else rich)
- Going after NO FIXED goal.
(From the book ”On the Shortness of Life” by Seneca)
I was watching 10X Growth Con hosted by Grant Cardone, the best salesperson in the world, and one of the speakers said, ”Non-Refundable Minutes.” That means – value your time, every minute costs money and not only that.
What is the scarcest of all things? It’s time and energy.
Every day you live, and those things are diminishing.
You know, if you’re in a movie and it sucks, get up and leave.
If you’re in the party and there’s no endgame goal, and you’re around horrible people, get out and leave.
Be stingy with your time, because you can’t get it back.
Are you a fast learner or are you slow? This is one of the most important question of your life.
Check out ”How to Learn Faster and Remember More.”
If you have other tips on how to stop procrastinating, leave a comment below.