How to Kill Procrastination in 10 Easy Steps | Author Jan Moran
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How to Kill Procrastination in 10 Easy Steps

how to overcome procrastinationProcrastination kills many ideas and projects. Why do we do it? Maybe it’s ADHD, maybe it’s disorganization or distraction, or maybe it’s simply that you’re facing an uninspiring project. Aside from preparing a tax return, many creative, entrepreneurial people suffer from the inability to begin or finish projects—we’ve all heard of writer’s block.

So how can you stop procrastinating and kickstart yourself to do what you know you’re capable of doing? Here's one of my productivity hacks on how to overcome procrastination. To set yourself up for a successful session, try these simple steps. You can overcome procrastination or distraction (recognizing it is truly the first step). And cheers to your success!

How to Overcome Procrastination & Be More Creative

  1. how to overcome procrastinationHolistic Balance – For peak performance, keep the body and mind in healthy balance. Eat, sleep, exercise, meditation, journaling.
  2. Bribe / Reward – Create your own system for bribing yourself to begin, then give yourself a reward when you finish.
  3. Brainstorm – Create synergy of ideas by talking with a friend, tutor, fellow entrepreneur or writer, or professional. Banish your inner excuse-maker. Listen, make notes.
  4. Make the Appointment – Schedule your projects on your calendar with yourself—your most important client. Work in 1.5 to 2-hour chunks for maximum brain efficiency.
  5. Set the Scene – Use sensory elements to set your work session scene. Hear: Appropriate instrumental music (try different rhythms for different types of tasks). Smell: Scented candles, incense, aromatherapy. Taste: Prepare an energy drink or therapeutic tea before your appointment with yourself. Follow a routine—this will be a signal to your creative mind that it is time to shed outer influences and devote special time to your goal. Feel the relaxation and positive energy that sets in.
  6. Feel Gratitude –Feel gratitude for your opportunity to learn or produce. Mentally close the door on past issues. Tell yourself that in this session, you will be successful. Always be moving forward.
  7. Visual Mapping – Create visual connections between ideas with mind mapping techniques (drawing bubbles to connect ideas –> this can later feed into an outline).
  8. FreeWrite Flow– Turn off your internal sensor. Begin writing anything (such as your goal for the session, what you plan to accomplish, an idea, short scene, or memory). Forget perfection. Write and be playful!
  9. Transition – Now that you are in the creative flow, transition to your project and feel your energy flow.
  10. Stop at the Right Point – When your time is over, stop only when you know where you are going next –> make notes. This will make it easy to begin your next work session.

Finally, if you'd like to test your creativity and learn how to be more creative with appropriate novelty, listen up to this Ted Talk…

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