Do you have a Procrastination Protocol?

Here are 7 ways to bust the procrastination bubble that having nothing to do with “powering through it.”
A procrastination protocol is a series of pre-defined steps & strategies that you can turn to when facing a period of procrastination.

Here are the tactics I use listed in the order that I deploy them.
1 - Embrace the resistance

When we resist the feeling of resistance —we freeze it in place.

Instead, stop running from your procrastination and just embrace it. You’re procrastinating, so what.

Realize that this is a temporary state and you’ll be back in action in no time.
2 - Pop open twitter

If you’re not going to get anything done, you might as well take a mental break.

Give yourself permission to kick your feet up and browse the feed a bit.

Set a timer and make a mental contract with yourself — when it goes off, you’re back at it.
3 - Make a to-do for your to-do

We often procrastinate because we haven’t been explicit enough about what needs to get done.

In other words, our To-Do’s are too vague.

Outline the EXACT steps you need to take to complete this task and watch that resistance disappear.
4 - Set an impossible deadline

Make a game out of it.

Challenge yourself to get the task done in record speed.

Take the estimated required time, and set a timer for 1/3 of that.

The trick: with an impossible deadline, you're actually turning the pressure off.
5 - Shake up your scenery

If it’s still not working, you need to get out and change your environment.

Maybe you go to another room in your house or hit a coffee shop nearby.

I’ve even been known to park my car on the street and work from my hotspot for an hour or two.
6 - Take a walk

Who says you need to be at a computer to get the job done?

You’d be surprised at how much you can accomplish from your phone.

At the very least, use the time to brainstorm, research & outline exactly what you’ll do when you get back to your desk.
7 - Remember why

It's easy to forget why we’re doing something.

But most tasks should be in service of a greater goal.

Open up your notes and write until you have drawn a line from this task to that goal. This reminds you why it's so important and will propel you forward.
Procrastination is a natural part of life and nobody is immune to it.

So instead of kicking yourself when you’re slacking on your tasks, have a counter-defense plan ready to go.

Let me know your favorite procrastination tips in the comments!
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