In our last blog, we discussed some of the ways that we can keep our spirits higher in order to help us stay motivated. Now, let’s talk about motivation’s biggest foe – procrastination. We have all done it before – maybe you are doing it now by reading this article! If that’s the case, let’s look at some of the best ways to defeat procrastination to keep our motivation up!

Eliminate Your Distractions
This seems pretty simple, right? Identify anything that is distracting you and isn’t something you need to achieve your goal and get rid of it. Right now. Go on! Put away that newspaper, turn your phone off, or move away from anything that might be distracting you. If it’s the internet that is distracting you, there are numerous “productivity” extensions you can install in your web browser that will allow you to block certain sites or even set time limits for recreational net use.

Raise The Stakes
Hold yourself accountable for your own choices in your eyes as well as the eyes of others. Set personal penalties. Maybe if you don’t finish your current task in a certain amount of time, you have to give away your favorite cookies you have been saving as a reward. Or maybe you could even make a “procrastination jar” you have to put money into every time you miss a deadline due to procrastination. Whatever the case may be, do it, and hold yourself accountable!

Caffeine!
Sometimes you might need a little extra boost to your energy levels to stay on task. Only you will know how much you can have before you have to draw the line on dosage, whether it’s one cup of coffee or an energy drink. A moderate dose of caffeine can help you to feel more alert, oriented, and focused. Just don’t abuse it!

Break It Down
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Sometimes when we look at a large task or goal, we might begin to feel overwhelmed. So one of the best things you can do in this case is to simply break it down into several smaller pieces so that you can measure your progress more easily and not get overwhelmed.

No matter the excuse you make for dragging your feet, you are ultimately responsible to take the steps. Don’t procrastinate. Focus on the task at hand, eliminate your distractions, raise the stakes, break down the task into smaller and more manageable chunks, and enjoy your cup of coffee. You can beat procrastination!