It’s a looming thing that lingers around even the best of our agendas… Procrastination. Whether your the ‘wait till the last minute because then it’ll only take a minute’ kind of person or you just get tempted by the thought of putting something off, these tips from successful people below will help you overcome procrastination once and for all:
1. They keep themselves accountable.
Show yourself commitment to getting things done. Making a commitment to yourself helps keep you accountable. You can do this by writing your goals down, keeping a to-do list with you, and creating reminders in your phone and on your calendar.
There are other more creative things you can do to keep yourself accountable: Change the wallpaper on your phone or computer to something that says “get work done”. Write your tasks and goals on a whiteboard or large sticky you keep on your monitor. Set the new tab screen of your browser to something that reminds you of the day’s priorities using Momentum or Limitless.
2. They make themselves accountable to others.
If you can’t stay accountable to yourself, you might have more success staying accountable to other people.
Tell everyone what you plan to do and talk about your goals. Tell friends, employees and employers your intentions and you won’t want to let them down. For example, if you want to go to the gym every day, ask a friend to text you every evening asking “did you go to the gym today?”
Another suggestion is to start documenting and sharing your journey. A blog or vlog where you share the projects you’re working on and your progress will encourage you to get things done. Allowing yourself to be under public scrutiny can help light a fire under you.
3. They tie themselves to the mast.
In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus has his ship’s crew tie him to the mast so that he could hear the Sirens’ song without being drawn in and tempted to jump into the sea. If you’re a chronic procrastinator and simply can’t resist the temptations of things like Facebook and Youtube, it might be time to tie yourself to the mast.
There are tools such as Rescue Time, SelfControl and Focus that will temporarily block access to distracting websites like Facebook so you can work on the things that matter. It’s an extreme measure but also very effective.
There are less aggressive tools such as Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator andDistraction Free Youtube. These will allow you to have access to Facebook and Youtube but block the distracting parts of these websites (such as the newsfeed) so you can still use them for business purposes, like managing ads.
Have you ever wondered if you have what it takes to start your own business? Maybe it’s one of your goals, your just not sure you have the characteristics to make it. Watch the video below to see what exactly it is that makes an entrepreneur, an entrepreneur:
If your looking to step out into the workforce again or simply looking to escape your current job, it is important to know what the recruiter, who holds the key to the door, is actually analyzing… It’s a vulnerable feeling having someone evaluate your expertise and strengths, so why not get a little insight on them and find out exactly what they analyze:
It is very important to be in tune and mindful of the one activity you spend the majority of your adult life doing… Work. As a lot of the days activities may have negative connotations (too much to do with too little time, naggy coworkers, daunting tasks), there is a way to bring peace throughout a chaotic day…
Below are 12 tips that The Zen Buddhist master Thich Nhat Hanh, who is credited with being the father of mindfulness in the West, has developed to ensure not only that we stay in balance but also are able to see our work in the context of creating a better world:
Start your day with 10 minutes of sitting in meditation.
Take the time to sit down and enjoy eating breakfast at home.
Remind yourself every day of your gratitude for being alive and having 24 brand-new hours to live.
Try not to divide your time into “my time” and “work.” All time can be your own time if you stay in the present moment and keep in touch with what’s happening in your body and mind. There’s no reason why your time at work should be any less pleasant than your time anywhere else.
Resist the urge to make calls on your cell phone while on your way to and from work, or on your way to appointments. Allow yourself this time to just be with yourself, with nature and with the world around you.
Arrange a breathing area at work where you can go to calm down, stop and have a rest. Take regular breathing breaks to come back to your body and to bring your thoughts back to the present.
At lunchtime, eat only your food and not your fears or worries. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Change environments. Go for a walk.
Make a ritual out of drinking your tea. Stop work and look deeply into your tea to see everything that went into making it: the clouds and the rain, the tea plantations and the workers harvesting the tea.
Before going to a meeting, visualize someone very peaceful, mindful and skillful being with you. Take refuge in this person to help stay calm and peaceful.
If you feel anger or irritation, refrain from saying or doing anything straight away. Come back to your breathing and follow your in- and out-breath until you’ve calmed down.
Practice looking at your boss, your superiors, your colleagues or your subordinates as your allies and not as your enemies. Recognize that working collaboratively brings more satisfaction and joy than working alone. Know that the success and happiness of everyone is your own success.
At the end of the day, keep a journal of all the good things that happened in your day. Water your seeds of joy and gratitude regularly so they can grow.
You know that saying, “If you don’t chase your dreams, someone else will hire you to chase theirs”? Well which side of this quote are you on? If you aren’t on the hiring side, maybe you’re tired of being micromanaged and underpaid because your worth isn’t recognized? If so, get inspired by just of the few perks of being an entrepreneur:
You have the ability to build something of value.
Beyond the financial benefits, owning your own business gives you the ability to create something that adds value to your community. This can be an incredibly rewarding experience.
You not only have the ability to help others, but you also can create jobs and give people a chance to learn and grow.
You have the ability to grow exponentially.
Climbing the corporate ladder is incredibly slow. Think about all the hoops you have to jump through just to get a raise or promotion.
Now, imagine you could give yourself a raise or promotion.
One of the biggest issues I had with getting a “real” job was being managed. It made me incredibly anxious knowing someone was constantly looking over my shoulder, critiquing my work and telling me what to do and when to do it.
As an entrepreneur, you set the rules.
Feel like sleeping in? Do it. Want to work on a passion project? Go ahead.
The control and freedom entrepreneurship gives you is what most of us work our entire lives for.
It’s a common understanding that the struggle is real when it comes to getting back into the workforce groove. Whether you took a break to travel, continue your studies or for other personal reasons, trying to find a job again can be discouraging and can quite honestly, feel like a maze. But have no fear! Nicole Williams, Career Expert, Bestselling Author, ‘Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success’ offers elite tips for returning like a pro:
Create a résumé that is functional rather than chronological. Focus on your skills and successes rather than the precise dates of your employment. Create headings like “marketing experience,” “sales successes,” or “benchmarks met” and then list your achievements accordingly.
Be bold. A killer résumé may not be enough. To land a great interview, you may have to take the phone into your own hands. Consider making polite and focused calls to companies you are interested in or HR departments. Inquire about jobs you saw posted, express your interest, and ask for an interview. Making a good personal connection might help your résumé get moved to the top of the pile.
Be an interview superstar. When you land an interview, arrive ready to outshine the competition. If asked about it, discuss your time away briefly. Don’t get bogged down in the details of your year in Belize or become emotional about a loved one’s illness. Emphasize your skills and work ethic rather than your time away. Sell yourself as a “blank slate” ready to jump in and work hard in a new work environment. If it makes sense, draw concrete conclusions between the job you’re interviewing for and the things you learned while coping with real-life situations (travel, illness, graduate school) that the competition may not have had to deal with.
To learn more from Williams, view the original source here.