I’m beating procrastination, here’s how

Goals Infinite: How the eliminate procrastination for goodWe can procrastinate for numerous reasons, but the results are always the same. We do nothing and achieve nothing. Heck, we don’t even start and this sometimes makes us feel guilty. Chronic procrastination is something that can stop you every time, no matter how good your idea is or how detailed your plans are. What if I told you, you can get rid of procrastination with a simple shift of your focus? The goal of this article is to offer a powerful solution to eliminate procrastination once and for all.

Eliminate procrastination with a simple shift of focus

When we procrastinate we push a whole task in front of us. All the steps from start to finish are compiled in one big ball that some of us roll for eternity. When we look at this ball and try to deal with it, there’s a good chance we will be intimidated by its size and make the decision to just keep pushing it. But do we have to deal with the whole task at once?

I got great news, you don’t have to. You only have to do one thing to eliminate procrastination and that is starting. Once you started, you are not procrastinating anymore. So, how about you focus only on starting instead of the whole process? Mountain climbing starts with putting on your shoes, washing the dishes starts with one plate and writing an article starts with turning on your computer.

Focus on the starting, not on the whole process or the finish line. After you start, it is easier to keep on going. The same happens in physics as it is harder to move a still object than keeping a moving object in motion. So simple concept, yet so powerful. This article explains procrastinations biological point of view perfectly, how the different parts of the brain battle each other and why this works. Here’s a comparison of the two different approaches to a task.

How focusing on the whole process or the results will lead to procrastination?

  • Your focus is spread among the different actions you have to do. A whole process is often a big bite that can look scary. The scarier it looks the more resistance you’ll encounter.
  • There are a lot of variables and this causes uncertainty. To face uncertainty with a positive attitude you’ll need a whole set of skills. Lacking these skills or not being confident about them will generate resistance that often leads to procrastination.
  • You not only have to take more steps but also have to know the upcoming steps as well. When it comes to procrastination looking further ahead will often make the tasks look less appealing.
  • More work. Even the term more work can cause a mental obstacle that we often don’t have the motivation to face. dscn2721

How focusing only on the start will help you eliminate procrastination?

  • Pin point focus. You only have one thing on your mind and that is to start working. You don’t have to think about upcoming steps or obstacles, just one thing: to start as fast as you can with the highest momentum possible.
  • Fewer variables, less uncertainty. Since you are focusing only on one thing, there will fewer factors that can cause uncertainty. In ideal cases, you only have to deal with one variable and that is you.
  • You only have to take the first step. It is in your focus of attentions. Take the first step and let the rest follow.
  • Less work is always appealing so it is met with less resistance. Less resistance equals less chance of procrastination.dscn2725

Once you started, you are not procrastinating anymore. Focus on starting instead of the whole process.

Tips and trick to help you focus on the first steps

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  • Make sure the next step you have to take is specific and well defined. The more questions you can answer about this step, the better. A well-defined problem is often 50% done.
  • Scheduled work time. Set yourself a specific time slot, when you plan to work. If you want to you can schedule break as well. Just make sure you limit the length of the breaks. It is more likely to return to work after a 10-minute break, then after a break with unspecified length .
  • Eliminate distractions. Turn off notifications on your phone, close the browser or unnecessary tabs and let people around you know, that you want to work without distractions.
  • Once you started, use the Nothing Alternative productivity hack to make sure you’ll spend your time working. It’s helping me write articles 30-40% faster.

What do you think? How can you apply this simple solution in your life? If you already gave it a shot, what did you experience? Do you have any thoughts on the topic? Don’t hesitate to share it in the comments!

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Gabor

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About the author

Gabor Hosszu is the founder and head article writer of Goals Infinite. Being passionate about personal development and helping others were the main reasons he launched this site. By trade Gabor is a mechanical engineer. His hobbies include being a chilli farmer, a video game nerd and a wannabe beer expert.

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