10 ways to stop postponing everything – Lotus & Bouche Cousue

Resorting to procrastination is perfectly human and normal. But sometimes it can lead to a guilt-ridden and counterproductive cycle. Here are 10 tips to stop procrastinating.


1. Stop feeling guilty

The first instinct will be to feel guilty and incapable. The second stage is self-flagellation, which then leads to loss of confidence. A vicious circle harmful to any motivation. You postpone 6, 7, 8, 22 times the task to be done, so what? It is that this one is not vital!

2. Understand the hidden benefit

In most of the failures that we encounter, in each of our self-scuttling steps, conscious or not, there is what is called a hidden benefit. It means that deep within us, thehe non-achievement of the objective has an unacknowledged advantage which suits us. For instance, constantly postponing the resumption of sport, every Monday I am supposed to get back to running, and have been for 2 years! Why can’t I do it? Perhaps because it would involve reducing, or even stopping, smoking and this addiction is already a response/comfort to another problem I have. The resumption of sport is therefore unconsciously the indirect deprivation of this comfort linked to an untreated underlying problem.

3. Agree to let go

Finally, if we procrastinate it is because, as seen below, we have an interest in it. So ask yourself this question: And even if I postpone this task all my life, what will be the real impact? Sometimes, with a little emotional distance, we realize thatthere was really no issue to this burden that we inflicted on ourselves, that even without being accomplished, it will not change our life.

4. Set yourself 1 final objective that you segment by level

It wouldn’t occur to anyone to participate in a marathon without having never practiced any sport! Indeed, the idea will be to start by practicing a cardio sport, to gradually increase the sessions to then approach a physical condition in phase with the requirement of such a challenge. It’s exactly the same approach for the missions that we set ourselves, whether professional or personal. The objective is to report to a strategic prospect in 2 weeks? For it, I delineate the steps : I work 2 hours tomorrow on the design I’m going to choose, I work the next day 2 hours on the plan, then on the first point, etc. Each day has enough of its objective to finally achieve it gradually in its entirety.

5. The 2 minute rule

This rule is simple: any task that takes less than 2 minutes must be performed immediately and without leaving the choice to think about it (calling a supplier, taking out a trash can, reading your mail, etc.). This is how the parasitic missions do not accumulate, you can stay focused on the real end goal. We neglect too much the mental load of the little things to do!

6. Dare to ask for help

Maybe you just don’t know which way to take the task at hand? In this case it is easy to expose the problem to a third party in order to have a track of analysis on his part. His answer will give you new thoughts and it is quite naturally that your mind will be interested in the subject and will begin to structure it.

7. Stop intellectualizing everything

Procrastination often comes from the fact that we see the task in its entirety and therefore its far too important consistency: the path to achieve it, the involvement it requires, the consequences, etc. Stop! You have to stop giving too much importance to the thing and just start it without thinking for the moment. It’s a job to do, period. A bit like the doctor could see a pathology and not a sick human. He does not think about the impact of the disease on the life of this individual, the emotions of his parents and children, how he will have to review his schedule and his priorities, etc. he sees a pathology to be treated. You just have to do what needs to be done.

8. Stop comparing yourself

The idea of ​​feeling “inferior” to such and such a capacity of other people can demotivate and prevent you from achieving anything. Focus on you and your qualities. I let you read here my article with 8 tips to stop comparing yourself to others.

9. Renounce perfectionism

A mission done properly is better than a perfect mission not done. Often, the need to reach an ideal simply prevents you from achieving anything. You probably know this quote fromMichael Audiard: A seated intellectual goes less far than a walking idiote ” . Leave the right to be a mere mortal, learn to be frustrated certainly that it is not as ideal as in your imagination, but satisfied that it is concrete and done in reality.

10. Stay focused on 1 task

Often, procrastination takes the form of a diversion: we will favor any other occupation before the one yet to be carried out. The idea is to focus on a single task and get away from it under no circumstances!

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