How to Stop Procrastinating
You need to approach your goals like a job.
You don’t hear too many people procrastinating about going to work in the morning. Sure, you might procrastinate at a task or two once you get there, but your boss expects you to be at work, on time, and when the day is done your tasks for the day are expected to have been completed.
If you don’t get your work done, there are usually consequences.
On the other hand, there are no obvious consequences if we fail to complete a task or goal we set for ourselves in our personal lives. Most people talk about doing something for weeks or months or even years without ever actually doing anything. While your quality of life may not be what it could be until you lose weight, go back to school, or complete some home DIY project, we don’t think of our uncompleted goals as a job. We don’t face any impending doom if we fail to lose 50 pounds by the summer. Sure, this will be yet another summer being self-conscious at the beach, but we can worry about that later, right?
You’re never going to reach your goals if you only get around to working on them when you have the time and motivation to do so. Reality check: you might have sporadic pockets in your life of one or the other, but you’ll never have both of those at the same time. You will always procrastinate as long as you treat your goals like a hobby, something that can be kicked down the road to the weekend.
Do you want to know how to stop procrastinating? Make losing weight and all your other goals priorities in your life. Make losing weight your job, something that you have to work at every single day. Much like if you miss work one day, you better have a damn good excuse if you miss the gym. Those cookies better have been worth it, too — it better have been your kid’s birthday party.
The really amazing thing is that you can literally stop procrastinating today. Right now, even. All of the procrastinating you’ve ever done in your life can be washed away by taking your first steps today. Today is always better than tomorrow.
Stop procrastinating and get to work.