How To Break Procrastination
Procrastination has been one of my biggest obstacles to success. It’s something that I battle with everyday. Procrastination is a daily battle.
Procrastination has one daily mission; to stop you just for today.
It’s so easy to rationalize because you tell yourself, “I’m not stopping working on my goal forever, I’ll work on it tomorrow.”
I’ve written a couple blog posts on how to break procrastination:
1. The Surprisingly Effective Approach To Overcoming Procrastination
2. 1 Surprisingly Simple Thing You Can Do That Will Stop Procrastination
But if we can all stop procrastinating, there would be more advances in technology, more amazing books to be read, more incredible music to listen to, more value in the world and life would be better for everyone.
I’ve recently found another way to overcome procrastination.
In order to understand procrastination, we must understand Parkinson’s law.
According to Wikipedia Parkinson’s Law states: “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”
If you have a 10 minute task and you have 2 hours to do it, then you’ll probably take all 2 hours to get it done.
That’s 110 minutes of procrastination and wasted production.
I learned about the Pomodoro Technique on the Entrepreneur On Fire Podcast and its a great way to overcome procrastination.
The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. ~Wikipedia
So if you have a task that takes 10 minutes to accomplish and you have 2 hours to do it, use the Pomodoro technique to help you get it done. Set a timer and give yourself 10 minutes of focused intense effort to and when 10 minutes are up, whether you are done or not take a break.
This will help you get some long term goals completed as well.
We all have either a fabulous book within us or a long term project that we want to complete but in order for us to complete it, we must learn how to break procrastination. Use the pomodoro technique to help you get there.
If you gave yourself 2 hours to work on a project like writing a book, you can do what most people do and sit down at your computer and spend 50% (or more) of your time, checking email and social media and not getting much accomplished or you can use the pomodoro technique.
Set a timer for 40 minutes and work with focus and intensity and at the end of 40 minutes, you can take a 20 minute break to get lost in email and social media. Repeat that again and your 2 hours are done. The great thing about doing it this way is that you’ll discover that you can get more done in those 80 minutes of intense focus than you could have in an entire week of procrastination.
What projects have you been procrastinating that you want to finally complete with the Pomodoro technique?
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