The simple reason why you procrastinate while you’re working is because you haven’t killed the access between you and the thing that distracts you.
If you didn’t have internet access, you couldn’t check Twitter or Facebook. Simple, right? But so many are afraid to disconnect their internet for an hour or so or just turn off their WiFi.
Every time you check your phone for no real reason, and you wrote down a check mark, at the end of the day would you be surprised how many times you did it? (not counting the ones you failed to write down).
Step 1: Differentiate what needs to get done and what is simply a distraction.
As a writer, I must write. So the thing that need to get done is under the category of “Essential.” I use are post-its. I write down what needs to get done and do it until it’s finished. When it’s finished, I crumple up the paper and throw it out. It feels great every time, but of course, that methodology may not work for you.
Find something that works. Experiment. There’s plenty of ways for you to feel that small success.
Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram doesn’t help me write. Those are now under the category of “Distractions.” I can access those things on my break, sure, but when I’m required to get things done? It can wait.
Step 2: Turn it off
Turn off your internet. Turn off your phone — not put it on silent and face down. Turn everything off. Kill the very access that allows you to refresh the page or touch your screen to access an app.
Whatever your distraction may be, there is something that allows it to be accessible. Remove it completely.
You will feel uneasy at first. Life without your distraction is always a weird feeling. Don’t worry, you’ll live. Get your work done.
It’s as simple as this: If you care enough, you’ll find a way to maximize your time efficiently to get the work done; you will do what is necessary, at any cost.
If not, you will do what the rest of the world does: find an excuse.
Up to you.