How to stop procrastinating

Posted on June 16, 2011


stop procrastinatingWe’re all guilty of procrastination, some more than others. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been stuck in the procrastination mode for a while. I know I need to find a job. I know what I need to do in order to find a job. I write about finding a job. Yet, have I consistently worked towards finding a job? Nope.

Instead of trying to analyze what’s holding me back, I’ve decided to try something new. No job yet, but I’m feeling much more energized and positive.

Here’s what I’m doing:

1. Schedule quiet time.

For me, quiet time entails prayer and meditation. I understand that prayer isn’t for everyone, but we all can benefit from quiet introspection.

2. Get out of the house every morning.

This may be as simple as buying coffee for my Mom and dropping it off at her house. My Mom really loves the coffee and it makes me feel good to know that I can brighten her day. This errand takes me all of about 10 minutes.

3. Ask for help.

I’ve reached out to several of my friends and asked for their help on different things. My help requests vary from helping keep me accountable, to being on the look out for opportunities, to help practicing interviews. Asking for help was tough for me since I pride myself on being self-sufficient.

4. Just start!

Whenever I don’t feel like exercising, I tell myself to do it for 10 minutes. If, after 10 minutes, I still don’t feel like exercising, I give myself permission to stop. Inevitably, I start to enjoy myself and keep moving.

The same is true for blogging. It is also true for the job search. I usually get so engaged in what I’m doing, that the time flies by.

What tips do you have to stop procrastinating?

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