End Your Procrastination- 18 Easy Tips

Copyright Creating New worlds- Katherine E. Soto 2021

As writers we are well known for procrastinating on projects even those with tight deadlines. Follow these tips to help end procrastination.

The fact is, every single one of us procrastinates or has procrastinated at some time or another. Procrastination can add an element of excitement and motivation to a project or goal by making you rush against a deadline. Some people truly work better under this type of pressure. But if procrastination is just another way that you tend to self-sabotage, it’s a bad habit that serves no good purpose in your life! Best to just try to get rid of procrastination altogether.

There are lots of different methods and techniques that people use to end procrastination, but remember that since procrastination is a habit, changing that habit and replacing it with more positive habits takes time. Consistency is the key here, as consistently practicing the new habits will lead to them being the preferred choice when you have a decision to make – to procrastinate or not to procrastinate.

Chronic procrastination can cause all kinds of problems in both your personal and your professional lives. Imagine how your spouse feels when they’ve been hoping that you’ll do something that needs to be done, but you don’t do it. And how about the fights that happen because they go and do whatever it is themselves? At work, maybe there’s a project you’re working on that needs to be wrapped up, but because you fear you’re not knowledgeable enough, you continue to put it off until there is simply no way that you can complete it. Procrastination causes you to feel guilty, worried, fearful and stressed. And, it is a choice you make.

We’d like to give you some quality ammunition in your war against procrastination. To that end, we’ll discuss 18 different tips, techniques, and tactics to help end procrastination in your life – permanently! Add a few of these to your daily, weekly, or monthly routines, and watch your productivity skyrocket because you’ve chosen not to procrastinate. We think you’ll be amazed at the results you get.

1. Write down a list of the tasks you’ve been putting off. Keep this list in front of you, because “out of sight is out of mind.” Tackle each task, one by one, with intense focus, until you begin to see a reduction in the number of things on your list. Just crossing things off of a to-do list can be incredibly motivating. It’s a visual reminder that you really got to work and did what you were supposed to do.

2. Decide whether your procrastination is coming from fear, anger, or sadness. This might be uncomfortable for you, but will help you get to the heart of why you procrastinate. The reasons are different for everyone, and they may run very deep. Even things that happened to you during childhood can create a tendency toward procrastination. So examine these feelings closely.

3. When you’ve finally pinpointed the emotion behind your procrastination, do something physically dramatic to get rid of it. For instance, if you’re angry because you need to do something you don’t like doing, go punch a punching bag or a pillow, or grab a thick, dead tree branch and beat it on the ground. Doing this gets rid of the pent-up emotion and makes it easier for you to move forward, unencumbered by that emotion.


4. Learn to identify negative thoughts about a task, and when you have a negative thought, stop and turn it around into something positive. There is always a silver lining to every cloud – you just need to be able to perceptualize it.

5. Take the tasks you’re putting off, and break them down into more easily accomplished steps. It’s far easier to stay focused on small tasks than enormous goals, so breaking down your project will allow you to get much more done.

6. Allow yourself rewards for each step you accomplish – even the little ones. Figure out what motivates you, personally, and set up a timeline wherein if you accomplish a step on schedule, you obtain the reward. This is an excellent way to retrain your brain to see action as very motivating.

7. Expect the unexpected, and prepare for inevitable obstacles along the way. Look at the tasks you’ve broken down, and figure out where the holes are and what could go wrong. When you’re prepared, you’re much more able to deal with setbacks.

8. Expect to feel resistance to doing your tasks. You’ll feel tired, or in a bad mood, you’ll get a headache, or something will miraculously happen that puts you off the course of your intended goal. Don’t let any of those mind monkeys take hold. See them for what they are, and respond accordingly by staying on-task.

9. Let yourself feel good when you accomplish a task that’s on your list. Getting work done simply feels good. It’s satisfying. Allow yourself to bask in that satisfaction, and that feeling will spur you on in moments where you’re less-than-motivated. Celebrate your wins!

10. Make others aware of your goals. The more people who know what you’re goals are, the more motivated you’ll be to accomplish them. They’ll inevitably ask you about the goals you’ve told them about, and knowing that will happen will keep you on-track and moving forward because you’ll want to be able to give excellent progress reports!

11. Change the physical place where you work when you’re working on your goals. Create a workspace that inspires you, not one that makes you want to go and take a nap. And when you do change your environment, know that the “inspiration” will wear off after awhile, and you’ll need to do it again. Change it up, and create motivation where there wasn’t any!

12. Create a calendar specifically for your big goals. Write down deadlines. Then write down smaller goals and tasks, and the dates you’d like to have those done on. Create a complete timeline for the project at hand. This is going to tell you whether you’re on track at a glance and will help you plan for upcoming tasks so that you’re ready for them. It’ll also motivate you when you see days, and their subsequent tasks marked off.

13. Eliminate all distractions as often as possible while you’re working on your tasks. That means logging off of Facebook and other social media sites, locking yourself off the internet (unless, of course, being on the internet is necessary for you to complete the task at hand), and turning off your phone and email. Trust me, no one is going to absolutely have to get ahold of you right at this very minute. Eliminating distractions is one of the most powerful ways you can increase your productivity. Make it easy for yourself to get work done by allowing yourself the room to focus exclusively on the task.

14. Surround yourself with those who inspire you, and are at a higher level than you are. By doing this, you’ll strive to reach their level, and you’ll also get a first-hand look at how they work, what they do, and how they think. Hanging around inspiring people will influence your behavior and motivate you!

15. Get an accountability partner. Seek out someone who has similar goals as you do, and you’ll learn a lot from each other along the way. Having someone to be accountable to will help you stay on track, stay motivated, and work out problems when you come up against road blocks. It also helps if you have different skill sets, so you can learn techniques from each other for things you may not already know how to do.

16. Is there someone you know who has already accomplished what you want to accomplish? Connect with them, and let them know why you’re doing so. Seeing someone doing what you want to do and living the way you want to live is incredibly motivating, and you’ll learn from them, too.

17. If procrastination seems to be chronic, maybe your goals need to be reviewed. They may not be in line with where you want to be any longer, and you may need to change them to match the work you’re doing. Consider what you want to achieve, what it’s going to take to get there, and whether doing what you’re currently doing is going to get the job done. If the answer is no, realign your actions with your goals.

18. Become acutely aware of your perfectionism and where it thwarts your forward momentum. You may think perfectionism makes you do a better job, but it’s far more likely that you overcomplicate and overthink your tasks so that they’re never really complete. Work to end perfectionism in your life, and you’ll be simply amazed at how much you’re able to accomplish.

What it really boils down to is that you need to simply do it. Do whatever it takes to motivate, pressure, or cajole yourself into doing it, but get it done whatever it happens to be. The only cure for your inaction (procrastination) is you taking action, and we think you’ll find that once you start getting used to being in action, procrastination seems like a waste of time.

7 Reasons Why Raising your Self-Worth is Important

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As writers we often find our self worth under attack. Bad reviews, poor sales, and frustrating writer’s block are battles authors face in their careers. I found a video you might like about keeping your self worth with seven helpful tips.

Watch the video first, then read the transcript. The video will come up in a new window.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/13Tw4ueyFMxRljM3caGhxvC3ypYMySRRF/view?usp=sharing

TRANSCRIPT

Having a healthy sense of self-worth can change the way you feel about your life. Positive self-worth sets you up to have the energy and confidence to be your best you, to take on challenges and seize opportunities when they come up. Self-worth means you can have your best possible life.

The basis of self-dignity is an honest appraisal of your strengths and weaknesses. That allows you to capitalize on your strengths and to be objective, not defensive about your weaknesses. It gives you the tools to take control of your life.

Having a happy, successful life and feeling good about yourself is not a matter of luck. Positive self-worth is a fundamental part of the Law of Attraction – if you feel good about yourself and believe you deserve to be happy or wealthy or have good relationships, you will attract those things into your life. The experiences we’ve had in our lives, starting from a very early age, alter our self-dignity, either improving it or eroding it.

The good news is we can do something about it if we want to have a stronger self-worth. Although it isn’t always pleasant, it’s well worth the time and effort to raise your self-worth.

Here are some key aspects of the positive role self-worth can have in your life.

  • You will be more satisfied with life because you will see the good things in life, rather than focusing on the things that are disappointing. 
  • You won’t be undermining yourself with negative self-talk. The Inner Critic will always be there, but you will know how to keep it in check and how to harness that analytical capability to keep increasing your self-awareness.
  • Self-knowledge is a key part of good leadership. You are more likely to be successful at work when you have a healthy sense of self. You will be able to deal with problems before they get out of proportion, for example.
  • You will be less needy, less reliant on other people’s good opinion of you. You will be strong enough in your self-worth not to compare yourself with others.
  • Your relationships will be stronger and more fulfilling because you’ll be building them with honesty and self-knowledge.
  • It will be easier for you to be flexible when situations change. The result is that fewer external circumstances impact your happiness.
  • You will be more compassionate with yourself and others. When you make mistakes, you’ll be able to view them as lessons rather than failures.

Why Creating New Worlds?

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There is a theory that we live in a multiple universe. Each decision we make spins off a different world that lives on its own. Every now and then we step through to a different sphere and our lives change. With this theory in mind, it becomes possible to create new worlds every day.

I am a writer. I created an entire new world in my books about Grey Dawn of Dharaven. New characters and places come to life under my fingertips on my computer keyboard. Writing is an art form that creates within itself.

I also draw and paint. I enjoy doing it and it helps keep me in a creative flow. I like to see colors blend together to create background on which I can paint anything my heart or brain desires. It does not matter if it is a large piece or a small card piece, art begats creativity.

How can you create new worlds every day?

Get up, get dressed, and face the day.

Create a piece of art.

Write something.

Clean and organize a part of your office or home.

Read a book.

Research something new.

Spend time playing.

Do something fun.

Do something good for yourself.

Doing one or more of these things can create a new world for you. It improves your life and increases your happiness.

Go ahead, pick one of these ideas, do it, see if it helps you create something new. You can step into a new universe you create.

What am I reading?

I am a writer and I like to help other writers, so I post a lot of things for writers to use on my blog.  I also have readers of my blog, so I must serve then also with things to read about.  I am hoping that my readers are writers, and my writers are readers.

I am a reader, too. Last year I read over 52 books.

What do I read? I read a lot fantasy and science fiction novels.  I will read an occasional romance.  I like the Reader’s Digest for a quick read. I like the San Diego Zoo’s Zoo News. I have a zoo membership, so the magazine comes for free. It hs information about the zoo’s animals and horticulture, plus upcoming events.

What authors do I enjoy reading?

Mercedes Lackey is one of my favorite authors. She has strong female characters in her books. Jolene is her latest. It is a book set in the old coal producing times of Tennessee. The title character is not the main character in the story, but she does cause some trouble for them when she tries to help.

Anne McCaffrey’s Dragons of Pern is an excellent set of books to read.  Her son Todd McCaffrey cowrote with her and has written several books in the series himself. Find a timeline on line and read the books in order of the timeline.

Terry Goodkind writes the Sword of Truth Series.  A series of books that takes world building into a new realm. I fell in love with his main characters Richard and Kahlan. Goodkind puts them through hell as they try to save their world several times from villains that either want to take over the world or want everyone dead.  Excellent fantasy adventure reads starting with Wizard’s First Rule.

What I am reading right now?  I finished The Lion of Cairo a few nights ago, then plunged into the military sci fi adventure Death Lands. 

What’s next?

It depends on what I find on my bookshelves. I have two bookshelves I am attempting to empty of the one book authors I have bought. I also have ARCS to read for other authors. I also have books on my Kindle app. I get a lot of free books on it.

2021 Goals

Goals are an important part of the beginning of a new year. Goals give you broad ideas to reach for during the year. They provide guides to where you are going during the year. They often give a jumping off place and a finish line.

My Goals for 2021

Author Goals

Publish Book 1

Market Book 1,

Book 2 into queue

Edit book 2-4

Anthology short story edited and turned in

Continue writing Book 5

Keep Author Platform running smoothly with weekly blog posts and daily media posts.

I want to learn how to write non fiction.

I am also a poet and would like to put my poems together.

I want to enter contests with my poetry.

Personal Goals

Organize my office and house

Stay as heathy as I can this year.

Exercise each day as you can

Go through Clothes Closet

Take already read books to Goodwill

Stay Mentally healthy, avoid depression

Watch anxiety, keep it low

Social Goals are on hold due to Covid 19 pandemic

Stay in contact with family and friends by phone and computer

Media you need to Use as an Author

The list below is not an end all be all list for authors. It is a place to start developing your skills in using the web to make your author kingdom bigger and better a little each day, Develop each until you have a system in place so each one is visited at least once a week.

My calendar is writing once a week to the website. I post something to my social media sites each day.

I read ARCS for other authors and post reviews to Amazon, Goodreads and Bookbub. I also send my reviews to the author for approval and corrections.

My Featured Author blog goes out on the 2nd of each month.

The Newsletter goes out the 21st of each month. I work throughout the month on it.

I am in contact with my ARC readers on my team of readers at least once a week to say hello and remind them they have an ARC to read and review for me.

See the blog article about resources I use regularly to help me in my work. https://katherineesoto-author.com/index.php/2020/10/05/8-internet-places-i-use-regularly-with-examples/

Achieving A Life Balance

Achieving a life balance means you have time for all aspects of your life: work, relationships, writing, family, and recreation. Sometimes you get overwhelmed with everything you feel you must do to be successful. However, successful people use a system in order to create a life balance.

4 things to do right now.

  1. Write out your goals. Sit down with apiece of paper and pen or your computer and write down goals in each of these areas: work, relationships, writing, family, and recreation. Think about what you want to accomplish in each area in the next 6 months. Goals need to be attainable.
  2. List your daily schedule. You need to find time to work on each of your goals during the day or week. Listing your daily schedule lets you see where times are where you can work on a goal.
  3. Use your goal list and your schedule to prioritize your life and work goals. You have to make time to work on your goals.
  4. Stick to your new schedule unless you run into an emergency. Use your new planned time to work on your goals. If you put down gym time on your schedule for certain hours, then stick to it. Sometimes you can work into your schedule unsinkable days. These are days where you plan working on your goals all day. You can pick one or all of your goals. Schedule your work time during that day to work on one or two, or all of your goals.

Using these ideas and your own schedule and goals, you can begin to work on your goals. You will see a change as you attain goals and set new ones every six months. It takes work to make change in your life.

Accountability

As a writer you are accountable to yourself and maybe to an editor.  How do you keep on top of your own writing? Is it a difficult thing to do each day?  Not really is my answer.  You must take into account your life and the many things that pull on you each day. 

Be accountable for your own writing.

Many writers have full time jobs and a family to take care of. It is not easy to write every day.  I do not believe that you, as a writer, have to write every single day without fail.  I think you need time for your imagination and storyline to catch up with your story.  However this does not excuse you from the grind of writing on your projects.  Things must get accomplished.


Be accountable to yourself as you work on your writing projects. 

That is the real reason you write, for YOU.

Do You Expect Good Things to Happen in Your Life?

Research has shown that if we expect good things to happen in our life they often do. Feeling positive isn’t some magic formula that guarantees good, but there is a direct link between our feelings of positive expectations and the release of endorphins in our brain that act as natural painkillers. These in turn help us to deal with the stress and difficulties and to think clearly enough to be able to create possible solutions to them.

The reverse happens when we have low expectations of positive outcomes. If we think negatively about things, the release of these same endorphins is inhibited. We tend to feel more depressed and it becomes difficult to think about positive outcomes when the situation appears hopeless. Once this cycle continues, we need something to happen to change the perspective and provide us with some optimism to kick-start the flow of hormones again.

The influence of others positive expectations of our performance and us also influence our expectations on ourselves. Teachers and parents who have positive expectations on a student’s ability to produce a specific standard of work that is within the capability of the student often see continuous improvement in their work. Low expectations often produce low results.

There are numerous examples of underachievement in our schools. Those same students, when provided with teachers gifted to help them believe in themselves, often can improve their grades and excel. This same attitude can turn a failing business into a profitable company if those charged with strategic planning believe in the products and services they are marketing to customers. 

A motivated person with high expectations of themselves and belief in what they want to achieve, will seek ways to achieve their goals and dreams and this in turn produces endorphins that help to maintain the focus even when there are barriers in front of them. Each small success increases the positive expectations and outcomes. An unmotivated person is weighed down by self doubt, risks focusing on negative outcomes and expectations and often cannot see the small successes as necessary stepping stones to more significant ones.

If you are in a state of low self-expectation and negative thinking, surround yourself with positive people who can help you to re focus and believe in yourself and in what you want to achieve with your life. Do you expect good outcomes in your life?