Do you have sometimes days at work when you do not feel like doing anything?
I do. And unfortunately, I have a lot of flexibility, with little external pressure and deadlines. My solution was to start doing my own plan with deadlines. However, my nice plan with deadlines has soon become my worst enemy. Sometimes I would rather forget that it is hiding somewhere in the hundreds of open screens on my laptop and return to bed.
When the moment of weakness comes, it is the best time to ask a question:
What would make me happy right now?
Maybe a strange question when I know that I would like to return to my bed. But hold on for a second. I take a little bit of my time and wait for more ideas. Maybe it is just a cup of tea that would make me happy right now, or to talk to somebody or eat a piece of chocolate. After doing it for some time, I suddenly realized that plenty of useful activities would make me happy. Like going for a run, meditate, do my taxes, finish the article I was working on for one month or clean my desk.
All the boring, annoying or difficult activities that I was postponing for a while suddenly became a source of pleasure. It sounds so weird. Do you wanna try?
Here is how to do it:
One caveat, it is still good to make a plan or list of tasks. Then you will subconsciously know what you should work on and you can easily fool your brain that doing those tasks would make you happy.
Stop fighting against the procrastination and make yourself happy instead!