We must be diligent today. To wait until tomorrow is too late. Death comes unexpectedly. How can we bargain with it? -The Buddha
Scattered and confused thoughts are common contributors to procrastination because it’s difficult to stay on track when you don’t have a clear focus. You end up either wasting time with untargeted actions or simply stalling because you’re not sure how to proceed! Even worse is the way mental confusion can drain your physical energy and steal your motivation, compounding the problem.
If you’re struggling to overcome procrastination and take charge of your life again, you may find it helpful to start by sharpening your focus. With a sharper focus comes clarity and renewed motivation – which can provide the boost you need to overcome procrastination.
Here’s how to create a laser-sharp focus:
• Clarify exactly what you want to accomplish.
Whether you’re pursuing goals or working on a project, knowing exactly what you want to accomplish can go a long way in keeping you on track. Confusion and uncertainty will stall your efforts every time! You wouldn’t take a road trip without knowing where you are going, would you?
It works the same way with your goals or any other objective. Know exactly where you want to end up, and you’re much more likely to get there! You can do this by simply writing out your goal in full detail. What do you want to accomplish? By when? Get as specific as you can.
• Come up with clear action steps.
Equally as important as knowing where you’re going is having a solid plan for getting there. If you were taking a road trip, you’d probably use a map or atlas to plan your travel route.
This same process can be applied to your goals by defining clear action steps that will lead to the completion of your goal. If your action steps seem too big or intimidating, you may want to break them down into more manageable pieces so you don’t get tempted to procrastinate again!
• Take one clear, focused step at a time.
One common reason people procrastinate is because they get overwhelmed by trying to take on too much at once. Avoid that happening to you by making sure you’re focusing only on one step at a time! Don’t worry about everything that needs to be done later; just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll make consistent progress.
The more you work on developing a sharp focus, the easier you should find it to keep moving steadily toward your goals. Not only will you feel more empowered by knowing exactly where you want to go, you’ll have a solid plan of action that will get you there – and be less tempted to procrastinate!
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