You know that feeling when you can’t get on with anything useful. You find yourself getting to the end of days on end with that gut-wrenching, “what did I accomplish today, helplessness.”
Putting off things you know you should do will create that. Even when they’re not staring you in the face, there’s a part of your brain that just knows they’re there and their very presence weighs you down.
With the ease and flow of social media, procrastination is on the rise. According to a study on the impact of social media on behaviour, social media is distracting us more than ever and contributing to procrastination on a massive scale (Source: Hofmann, 2016).
This, in turn, leads to increased feelings of guilt and stress. In fact, even when you’re using media just for pleasure, the increased guilt you experience can actually undermine the pleasure you might take from a little scroll down the Facebook newsfeed or a Netflix binge session (Source: (Lavoie & Pychyl, 2001; Meier et al., 2015; Myrick, 2015; Reinecke, Hartmann, et al., 2014).
If you find it hard to tear yourself away from the screen, and you’re looking for some inspiration to beat procrastination, here are 10 top resources that might help.
If you’re a reader, the following resources might be helpful for you:
Inc.com has many blog posts and resources on beating procrastination. Here is a collection of articles on the topic: https://www.inc.com/search?searchkey=procrastination. There are literally over 325 articles on procrastination alone. Inc is primarily aimed at startups but the lessons can be applied to small business just as well.
Entrepreneur is a similar magazine-style blog that delivers a lot of awesome content on procrastination. The website has over 11,000 articles on beating that pesky urge to delay.
There aren’t actually a lot of current, dedicated podcasts on procrastination but here are two I found that would be worth your time and attention.
The Miracle Morning
Hal Elrod is the author of The Miracle Morning, a book that has spawned a worldwide movement to motivate and inspire people all over the world. If you’re looking for some inspiration to get up get over the procrastination bug, listening to Hal would be a great start.
The Productivity Podcast
The Productivity Podcast is a side-gig for entrepreneurial traveller Paul Minors. It covers time management, goal setting, motivational tips and more.
Although YouTube can be a major enabler to procrastinators, it also has great resources to get back on track, such as this very entertaining TED talk by Tim Urban.
Helping people overcome procrastination is an important part of assisting them grow their businesses. Here is a presentation I have delivered to help improve people’s understanding of procrastination and how to stop it hindering productivity.
Eat That Frog by Brian Tracey
Brian Tracey is famous for such books as Chicken Soup for the Soul and Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life. In Eat That Frog, Brian uses eating a frog as a metaphor for breaking through procrastination so that you can do the things that will have the greatest positive impact on your life. He helps you get critical tasks done and dusted quickly but, importantly, helps you focus on the right tasks as well.
The Now Habit by Neil Fiore
The Now Habit is not quite as focused on business, but it offers readers a plan on how to lower stress and reclaim their time.
Freedom helps tackle the social media scrolling and notification problem head on. It literally blocks apps and websites on your devices so that you can focus on a task at hand and minimise disruptions.
Tomato Timer is great for beating the feeling of overwhelm. Instead of viewing a task as one epic, daunting endeavour, this app breaks tasks up into smaller, more manageable chunks that help you get started, stay on task, and run over the finish line.
The Time Is Now
There probably isn’t a person on the planet that hasn’t felt the guilt and anxiety that procrastination brings. Done in small bursts, an entertaining delay can actually provide a refreshing distraction that sharpens our focus when we recommence work. However, longer, spiralling periods spent delaying our to-do list can seriously impact on our productivity. If you are an unhappy procrastinator, you are not alone. The upside of this is that there is bountiful help available such as the 10 top resources I have listed. Even if the lessons of just one of these resonate with you, it could make a significant positive change in your work habits.
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Hofmann, W., Reinecke, L., & Meier, A. (2016). Of sweet temptations and bitter aftertaste: Self-control as a moderator of the effects of media use on well-being. In L. Reinecke & M. B. Oliver (Eds.), The Routledge handbook of media use and well-being: International perspectives on theory and research on positive media effects (pp. 211- 222). New York: Routledge.