1 Simple Tip How to Deal with Procrastination and Feel Happier

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:

  1. You feel like not doing anything at work.
  2. Ask yourself a question: “What would make me happy right now?”
  3. Wait for some ideas. At the beginning, it could be the same simple thing, like “A cup of coffee would make me happy”. You can decide to make the coffee or wait for other ideas.
  4. If you have more ideas, play with them around. Choose the one which truly excites you and you will feel happy after you have done it. Allow yourself doing any stupid things because once you feel satisfied and happy, you will feel more energy to do activities that are more demanding.
  5. If all works well, you should start feeling like doing activities that you have been postponing for a while. Activities that you are not usually into them.
  6. The Holy Grail is the moment when you feel happy doing activities that you have been procrastinating for a while.

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!

Lenka Grackova
Bringing more passion in any type of work. Always on the hunt to find a playful and enjoyable way to create and embrace change, develop new skills and discover oneself through challenges.
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