Sometimes I’m a pro-procrastinator, and what I’ve come to believe is that planning to stop procrastinating is one of the dumbest ways to do it. Some while ago, I made it a daily habit to observe my habitual activities. I wanted to find out what was keeping me from actually doing the work. I decided to observe and make a list of all the possible things that came in between me and work. A real little thing I discovered was this…
I procrastinated a lot more when I intentionally planned a lot. I never stayed with the plans anyway. The more I planned, the more I wasted time doing something else. So, I stopped planning hectic schedules. I stopped making hour to hour time limits and deadlines. I ignored all the things that overwhelmed me about my work and decided to do just one simple thing – stay with the work for just 25 minutes, no strings attached.
The Promodoro Technique already suggested 25 minutes, so I kind of adapted it from there. But don’t make it more than that, at least not when you’re simply deciding to work. For the next 25 minutes, your job is not to think about how you’ll complete the work or how slow you’re making progress. All you got to do is stay stuck with it.
Of course, you should have long term goals and maybe a huge activity list to achieve those goals. Just that, you can not schedule and plan to stop procrastinating when you’re already procrastinating. It never works.