13 Tips On How To Stop Procrastination
How To Take More Action In 2012!
1. Set Aside A Specific Block Of Time For Consuming Info On The Web
It's time to end the wasting of hours upon hours of your valuable time mindlessly on stuff that really requires no more than 30 minutes each day.
I'm talking about everything on the Web that you do to consume information -reading emailschecking Facebook, Twitter and digg, reading blogs, the news - everything!
Give yourself 30 minutes to an hour each day to do nothing but enjoy it, take care of it, or however you look at it. But once you've used up your time, don't go back to it at all until later in the day or evening, once you've accomplished a number of other tasks.
Keep these things in their place and quit letting them control your life!
Give up checking this stuff every 10 minutes. Not only is that a momentum-killer, but chances are, the rest of the world isn't going to sit at a standstill waiting on your next Facebook update. :)
2. Take Control Of Your Inbox
A whole book could be written on the topic of managing email (there have been, many of them), but these would likely be the highlights:
Immediately answer any email that can be replied to quickly. Quickly means less than a couple minutes.
Keep your replies short when possible. Loose the 'small talk' and get to the point (but maintain sincerity). As much as you don't like writing lengthy emails, the person receiving one probably likes reading them a lot less. Delete any emails you haven't responded to after a month. Holding on to them does nothing but make you feel guilty every time you open your inbox. Guilt is an action-killer, so get rid of the old emails and get rid of the guilt!
3. Work As Disconnected As Possible
This means, turn off your phone (you can do it, I know you can), close your instant message program, and close your office door (use a Do Not Disturb sign if necessary).
You have got to get momentum on your side, because once you work in a state of 'flow', you're able to take action much faster, with greater results.
When working, eliminate all distractions!
4. Focus On One Thing At A Time
Think of driving in your car with the destination being the other side of town.
How much faster are you going to get there driving a straight road with your foot constantly on the gas as opposed to starting, stopping, changing directions, starting again, stopping again, changing directions, and so on?
If you take that straight road with your foot constantly on the gas, you'll get to your destination at least 10-times faster than if you're constantly starting, stopping, and changing directions.
Focus has the same effect on your life - it gets you to your destination or goal much faster when you practice it. Loose the 'multitasking' mindset of trying to do several things at once, and you'll begin scratching things off your to-do list faster than ever!
5. Do Plenty Of What You're Supposed To Do
What this means is to make sure you spend a good part of your day, every day, doing what it is that you do, and less time on secondary, time-wasting tasks.
If you're a consultant, then consult. If you're a writer, then write.
Quit wasting your days on things that take away valuable time from your main purpose.
Delegate secondary tasks to someone else to take care of, or at least consider trimming down the time you allow for them.
Bottom-line: The majority of your day should be spent taking action related to your chosen profession or passion.
6. Keep Your To-Do List In Front Of You
Don't make a to-do list on an old dog-eared notepad and then throw it in a drawer you might look in every couple of months.
Post it somewhere you can look at it daily - on your desk, the fridge, the ceiling in your bedroom, it doesn't matter.
The clearer you are about what needs done in your life, the more likely you are to take care of it. Keeping your to-do list in front of you is a great way to maintain your clarity of what you need to take care of.
7. De-clutter On A Regular Basis
A confused mind always says 'no'.
This means that if your life is full of clutter, your brain is probably overwhelmed and confused (even at level you may not realize) and it sees all the things you need to do and is constantly saying, 'NO!' - slowing you down BIG TIME!
On a regular basis, clean your work environment, and clear out the junk in your life you no longer need or use - give it away. This includes books, magazines, DVD's, clothes, stuff in your garage, junk under your bed, and so on. Let it all go.
In addition, keep your cyber-life de-cluttered as well by clearing out old emails and rarely visited bookmarks occasionally.
Schedule a time once a month to de-clutter and you'll find your brain saying,
'YES!' a lot more often.
8. Increase Your Personal Speed
When you observe the way someone who takes a lot of action carries themselves, you begin to see one of the underlying reasons how they get so much done - their personal speed.
Seriously, action-takers seem to move faster, talk faster, make decisions faster - everything faster than everyone else!
You need to become consciously aware of your personal speed and determine whether it's hindering you from getting things done. If it is, the fix is simple; start doing things faster and with more energy behind them.
This doesn't mean you become an overworked, stressed-out, hyped-up, caffeine- guzzling maniac!
It means that every day you focus on adding a little more energy into everything you do, until your mind and body gets into the habit of being in a state of action.
9. Just Start!
It doesn't matter if it's for just 5 minutes, you NEED to start doing something toward your goals and dreams right now!
When you start with a goal in mind, it's easy to become overwhelmed by the realization of all the steps you're going to have to take to reach your final destination.
What you may not realize is that with each step you take, no matter how small, you move a little bit closer to your end-goal and as a result, it gets just a little clearer. In addition to that, the scope of things you need to do to accomplish it, narrows.
In other words, your ability to reach your goal faster and easier is compounded with each step, no matter how small.
Start your journey today!
10. Write Things Down
Give up trying to keep ideas, to-do's, goals, and plans all in your head!
Doing this causes unneeded stress because of a sense of being overwhelmed with 'all the things weighing on your mind.'
When you get in the habit of moving things out of your head and onto paper (or your computer), it not only frees-up precious brain power for the sake of taking action, but it also gives you a clearer picture of all the things you need to to. Typically, this picture looks a lot more manageable when it's on paper.
11. Listen To Music
Music has a way of altering your brain for action. Why do you think so many people use music during their workouts?
If you can find music that 'pumps you up', but isn't distracting, it can be a powerful tool for juicing-up your productivity.
12. Create And Use Checklists
Anytime you can offload things you need to remember from your head onto paper (or your computer), the more you set yourself up for taking action.
Your brain hates stress, and having to remember all the details related to preparing your taxes, or everything you need to schedule, reserve, and buy for a vacation just weighs you down.
Checklists help you get rid of a lot of this stress by acting like a 'mini-blueprint' you can easily follow anytime you need it, without the worry that you're forgetting something important.
For any process or sequence of actions you perform on a regular basis, take a little time to create a checklist for it and use it as needed. It may take a little time to create initially, but it will save you gobs of time and energy in the long-run.
If you need a bit of inspiration when creating your checklists, just search Google for some ideas. For example, to create a travel checklist, begin by searching Google for travel checklist. You'll find plenty of ideas for things to add to your own.
13. Use Time Boxing~(The Powerhouse Technique) Up to this point, we've talked about a lot of ways to take more action every day. Each one being an important step to becoming a human action machine.
But probably THE most important skill you can master is that of managing your time for maximum productivity.
There are a lot of 'systems' out there for helping you do this, but many of them require you to live almost like an automated robot with a set of instructions that need to be followed precisely or the system collapses.
This is probably why time-management continues to be a big problem for a lot of people. But it doesn't have to be, because it really boils down to some simple concepts that you can begin using immediately.
You see, in your life, you have:
Things to do!
The ability to do your things to do What you need in order to bring this all together to produce some results is order and structure. That's it!
The way you get that order and structure is to:
Identify the things you need to do
Assign a specific amount of time each day to complete them
Focus solely on the task at hand and take action! That's the golden-ticket to being a human action machine!
The reason I think it works so well is because it gives your brain 2 key ingredients that drive it to taking action: Clear definable goals (even if they are very small goals), and specific time-frame to accomplish them.
This is what time boxing is all about. Each day you:
Create a list of things you want to get done for the day
Assign a box (chunk) of time for each one, from 15 minutes to 2 hours Select a task, start a timer (like an egg timer or you watch ), and work on getting that task done, without distraction, until the timer goes off. Afterwards, take a break, and move on to the next task for the day.
The structure, order, and mysterious driving-force this simple process creates in you, often produces mind-boggling results!
A Machine Built For Time Boxing
I believe that this powerhouse productivity technique can propel you forward in your life so fast, that I recently set out on a mission to create a simple and intuitive software-based tool to help make using the time boxing process a total no-brainer for you!
The software I created, known as The Action Manage 2.0 software does only one thing - time boxing, but it does it really well.
Don't let the simplicity fool you, this is a beast when it comes to helping you take action!
Before wrapping up, I'd like to express my thanks for you allowing me part of your day to share all these great tips and tools with you.
Best success to you, and for God's sake...ENJOY your new free time and life!
Dan J. Brown
Author Dan Brown is involved in many Internet ventures, including blogging for one of the world's largest domain name owners. Dan is currently interested in providing helping information to make people realize how much of the time in their lives...just seems to go by, without the results we all want. Time Management has now become "Action Management"! Get your life back in 2012. Action Manage Software Special