Blogger: Rachel Kent
Location: Books & Such main office, Santa Rosa, Calif.
I am a procrastinator, but I am able to overcome it! Do you procrastinate? I’m willing to bet that more than half of you do. I have a hard time believing there’s anyone out there who doesn’t procrastinate, but I know these people exist because I’ve met some of them.
If you are like me, this week is for you. I’m going to share tips to help keep procrastination under control.
Today’s tip: Set small goals along the way. If you are undertaking a big task, like writing a book, it’s best to set daily goals (or even hourly goals) so that you aren’t overwhelmed by the task. I find I’m motivated to work even when I set a goal like: If you do this, then you can fold that load of laundry.
Typically the laundry folding would be a procrastination tool, but instead I’ve turned it into a motivator. After the laundry is folded, I get back to work with a new goal in mind.
Make sure your motivators are brief rewards. Fifteen minutes at the most!
Also, when it comes to food motivators, be sure you balance that out with exercise. Often a fifteen-minute walk is just what the brain needs to be re-stimulated anyway.
Fortunately, I work out of the main Books & Such office most of the time, so I don’t always have household chores calling to me, but I know that’s not the case for most of you who write from home.
At the end of the day, I treat myself to something fun only if I accomplished my goals. 🙂 This something fun usually involves ice cream or coffee or coffee ice cream. Thankfully caffeine late in the day doesn’t keep me up at night.
What things do you usually do instead of your work? How can you can use your procrastination methods as motivators? Do you work best on an hour-to-hour basis, or can you motivate yourself with a daily goal?