what steps to stop procrastinating and reach your full potential?? heeeLP
hi friend! first and foremost I would advise you to stop punishing yourself for procrastination and feeling bad about lack of productivity. im not just saying this to be nice (though you SHOULD be nice to yourself) but because it is the first step in being able to do work. stop thinking of your “procrastination” as procrastination, stop thinking of time you spend not working as some sort of wasted bad thing that you do. Admit to yourself it is not possible to work all the time and create modest blocks of time for work.
this is the secret: doing a tiny bit of work is better than promising yourself you will do 10 hours and doing 0 because it feels impossible to start. If you tell yourself “I will do 30 minutes of work or finish one task today and then i can fuck around for the rest of the night” then it becomes a lot easier to start because you can think “it’s just 30 minutes! I can do it and then I’m free” and then you don’t feel guilty for falling short of some unrealistic goal. I intentionally build in lots of time in my work schedule to scroll tumblr or whatever.
it’s all about developing good habits. you start with baby steps like: I’ll work for one hour a day, even if I don’t feel like it, and then I don’t have to do anything else. OR I’ll start working on this project three times today even if I stop after ten minutes each time I just promise myself to start it three times (you’d be surprised how much you get done that way). set small goals and force yourself to do just a little bit. reward yourself for doing that little bit. gradually it becomes easier, it really is just a habit.
as someone with adhd who relied on deadline adrenaline until literally last year and loved it and did really well with that system…there is no such thing as full potential. If procrastinating and doing things last minute works for you just do it that way and stop feeling bad. since you’re asking though I assume you also feel anxiety or dissatisfaction with procrastination, in which case I’d advise patience, kindness, small goals, a nice work space, lots of built in free time, the recognition that it will take a while for this to become a habit