How to kill procrastination in five minutes
If you are sat procrastinating you’re not alone. Plenty of people put off the things they have to do until ‘later’. Procrastination kills productivity. A lack of motivation can stall any task, no matter how trivial or small it might seem. Those tasks never get done.
I read about the five-minute difference some time ago. If you can’t break out of an unproductive rut and find yourself struggling for motivation, do something that you can complete in five minutes. Then move onto the next task, and the next until you have completed all your five-minute tasks. You can then look back on all the tasks you completed instead of ruing a missed opportunity to get things done. This technique, it was proposed, increases waning motivation levels and it definitely works for me.
Sometimes, a little momentum is all you need. The most difficult part of any task is getting started and we all know how difficult that feels. Often, tasks seem more daunting before you begin them because you still have it all left to do; get started and find your flow and that problem goes away. By building on the tasks you can get done in a short period of time you then find yourself on a roll and much more motivated to tackle bigger challenges.
The key to success is to start the process. We all know that if we continually postpone tasks until tomorrow, tomorrow never comes.