Are you a Procrastinator?

7 Tips on How to Stop NOW!

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, etc. You know you should be working, but just don’t feel like doing anything! Yep, we are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. Here are some tips to ditch this habit:

  1. Break Your Work into Small Steps

Part of the reason we procrastinate is that subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into small parts, then focus on one part at a time.

  1. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impacts on our productivity. Does your work environment make you want to work, or does it make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should probably look into changing your workspace.

  1. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just one deadline for your work is an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back until it’s too late. Don’t fall into this trap!

  1. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to people like Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with truly do influence our behaviours.

  1. Tell Others about Your Goals

This is a sure-fire way to hold yourself accountable for your plans.

  1. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

  1. 7. Get a Grip and Just Do It

In the end, everything boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategising, planning and hypothesising, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen.

You’ve got this!

Virtual Pursers co-founders, Bec McKeever and Dominique Smit offer their top tips for how to take action and finally stop procrastinating. Virtual Pursers provide yacht administrative assistance to all vessels, no matter the size of the yacht or the extent of the need.  

Written by Bec McKeever and Dominic Smit

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