The Most Powerful Method for Beating Procrastination: The Do It Now Habit
Procrastination is a habit that affects millions of people worldwide. Despite reading numerous articles and tips on how to overcome procrastination, people often find that they still fail to get things done. It’s because procrastination isn’t something we’re born with, and it isn’t something that can be solved with a simple hack or a few rewards. The truth is that procrastination is a habit, and like any habit, it can only be changed with a concentrated and proven method. In this article, we will explore the most powerful method for beating procrastination: the Do It Now habit. Here are three steps that can help you change any ingrained habit, from smoking to nail-biting to unhealthy eating to procrastination.
Step 1: Commit Thyself, Big Time
The first step in changing any habit is to commit yourself to it. Commit fully to yourself and write it all down. Don’t say, “I think I’ll change” or “I should stop procrastinating,” but say instead “I WILL stop procrastinating, and I WILL start the Do It Now habit.” Put it on paper, precisely which habit you are changing and what habit you are replacing it with. Write down a deadline and a plan to help you create this new habit and kick the old one. Commit yourself to doing this for 30 days, and commit to doing it publicly as possible. Tell your family and friends, put it on your blog, post it up in your workplace, commit yourself to daily email updates on your progress.
Step 2: Monitor Yourself
Before starting the 30-day challenge, take a few days to monitor your current habit. For instance, don’t try to change your habit, just monitor your impulses. Keep a piece of paper with you, wherever you go, and try to put a tally mark on the paper for every single urge. When you get the urge to check your blog reader instead of doing work, write down a tally mark first, then go and check your blogs. After a few days, you’ll be very aware of your urges, and then you can begin to change them.
Step 3: Practice and Practice Some More
Do the Do It Now habit every day for 30 days. Try not to make any exceptions, ever. If you make any exceptions, you are weakening your new habit. But if you make mistakes, do not beat yourself up about it. Just start again. Track your progress, reward yourself, post up a sign with the words “DO IT NOW” wherever you work, plan for ways to beat your urges and obstacles before they happen, and visualize success. The most important tip of all is to always think positive. If you have negative thoughts or doubts, squash those thoughts immediately. Do not let them stay in your head and fester, or they will win. Replace those thoughts with positive thoughts: I can do this!
In conclusion, procrastination is a habit that can be changed, but it requires a concentrated and proven method. The Do It Now habit is one such method that can help you break free from the shackles of procrastination. Commit yourself to the plan, monitor your impulses, practice it every day for 30 days, track your progress, and always think positively. By following these three steps, you can create a new habit that will help you achieve your goals and beat procrastination, once and for all.