Productivity is something the majority of us struggle with as human beings, but “procrastinators” are a special breed. And if you’re an entrepreneur, blogger, or creator working for yourself, you’re likely even more prone to procrastination. That being said, it comes as no surprise how many self-help books and podcasts exist out there on productivity tips and hacks.
What most of these tools fail to address though are productivity tips designed specifically for procrastinators. After 14035894 failed attempts later to implement all the tricks & routines I was learning, I realized a chronic procrastinator like me would require special help. Procrastination loops can act somewhat like a drug- it’s a hard behavior to break if you don’t address the root of the problem.
That’s the problem I noticed with all these productivity books and podcasts- They never addressed WHY we procrastinate in the first place! If we don’t understand the “why” of the problem, all the remedies to fix it just become bandaids that eventually fall off. And this is often why we experience so many failed attempts to change our procrastinator ways. 🙈
After a year of research and digging into the WHYs behind my chronic procrastination- it was only then that I could successfully implement the productivity tips and routines I read about. Without that digging, I had too many mindsets, habits, and systems that acted as road blocks.
So before you even think about implementing all those productivity tips you’ve read about in the past, complete the following steps first! The clarity you gain will allow you to open yourself up to a world of productivity!!👊
Here’s 5 unexpected productivity tips you need in your life to put an end to procrastination!
1. Establish WHY you’re struggling with procrastination
As mentioned, first you must do some soul-searching. Psychologists note several different reasons for why we procrastinate. Here’s some of the most common contributing factors:
- Lack of confidence and self doubt
- Unrealistic goals and impossible perceptions of success
- Excessive planning to avoid failure
- Striving for perfectionism
You may suffer from 1 of these or you may suffer from all! No matter what the case is, THAT’S OK. This self-awareness is the first step in putting an end to procrastination!
2. Make self-care a daily morning ritual
Simply put: Productivity will never be achieved without self-care. They go hand-in-hand and one cannot exist without the other.
There’s a quote I came across this year that changed my life:
“If you put yourself at the top of your to-do list, everything else will fall into place.”
Prioritizing your self-care will not only give you the self confidence to tackle your to-do list, it also allows you to do so at your fullest potential. This is almost impossible to do when pouring from an empty cup!
If possible, try scheduling your self-care routine for the morning. Kicking off your day with this sense of accomplishment sets a positive tone for the day and gives you the momentum to tackle the rest of the day’s tasks. One of the hardest things for procrastinators is simply getting started on a task, but checking off this routine will get the ball rolling!
If you’re new to the world of self-care, download my free checklist to get some ideas! Self-care looks different for everyone, so play around and see what works best for you 🤗
3. Design a work environment that cultivates productivity
Did you know our environment plays the biggest role in determining how productive we are? Most people believe it’s our internal motivation, however our environment is #1!! Motivation doesn’t even stand a chance if distractions in your work environment are stealing your focus.
Just think how easy it is to procrastinate for hours when surrounded by all the cues that encourage the behavior in the first place. I personally just quit the bad habit of working from my bed, and it’s made the BIGGEST impact on my workflow 🙏
That being said, it’s incredibly important to first design a productive work environment BEFORE you try to implement any productivity tips. Use this checklist below to make sure your space supports your productivity & hinders procrastination:
4. Analyze everything you’re “lazy” about (& make replacements!)
This video below by Gary V may just make you reconsider those tasks you keep putting off. Whether it’s related to your job, relationship, a hobby, working out, ANYTHING! “Laziness” can instead be seen as things in our life that don’t genuinely interest us.
Analyze the things in your life you feel laziness towards and use this newfound self-awareness to replace those things with PASSION in your life! Don’t waste your effort (and your life!) on work, people, and things that don’t bring you joy.
With this mindset, I healed my relationship with both my job and my health. I always thought I was too lazy to workout regularly until I realized I just don’t like going to the gym. Now that I discovered boxing, I look forward to working out every week! Similar to my job, I deemed myself a “lazy blogger” this year because of my lack of motivation to write travel guides. However, I realize now it’s just the topic I was no longer feeling passionate about. When it comes to blog posts like this one, I can lose myself for hours writing!!
5. Clearly hone in on your goals
Ever feel like months or even years go by and you’re still nowhere closer to achieving your goals? The biggest reason for this is because most of us aren’t even clear on what these goals actually are. For instance, say you want to be a successful blogger. What exactly does that mean to you and how do you measure that “success.” Be specific and make sure your definition is measurable and realistic.
Maybe you do have a clear vision of your overall goals though. The second leading reason we don’t make any progress is because we fail to break them down into smaller, actionable steps. It’s too easy to procrastinate when we have no mental timeline of when things should be completed and how they should be completed. By breaking your goals down yearly, monthly, and weekly though, it will give you that fire under your butt that you often crave as a procrastinator!
This breakdown should look something like this:
- Yearly goals (try to limit it to 1-3)
- Quarterly goals
- Monthly goals
- Weekly goals (3 things you will accomplish that week that will help you accomplish your monthly goal!)
Click HERE for a worksheet that will help you map out and break down your goals!
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I’m personally still putting in the hours to master my own advice on this list. It takes a lot of time and discipline to relearn behaviors you spent your whole life doing! But the beauty of being your own worst enemy as a procrastinator is that YOU have the control to flip the narrative. I may be an “Expert Procrastinator”, but I also know that I have the choice to change that part of my identity
My only regret is not learning what work had to be done sooner in order to shake this title for good. So whether you too identify yourself as a “procrastinator” or just have your human moments and do it from time to time, I hope these tips remind you the power’s still in your hands! Be patient with process and if you ever need an accountability partner or a sounding board, you know where to look!!
Xx ❤️, Carly