Use routine to beat procrastination

easy ways to beat procrastinationDo you ever get those moments where you realise you have wasted the morning procrastinating and not really getting anything done? Have you ever wanted to be more creative?

I’ve just been sent a great article as part of an on-line course offered by Lateral Action with a great way to beat procrastination. And once you beat that, the course will equip you with essential skills to succeed in the 21st-century creative economy – whether you’re a freelancer, independent artist, entrepreneur or employee. (For all the info on this Creative Pathfinder course click here)

This gem is a few weeks into the course and here is the part that I couldn’t go past. It jumped out and grabbed me!

Routines are great for beating procrastination. If you know you’re supposed to start work at 10, you can’t kid yourself that you’ll do it ‘later’. After a while, a routine becomes a kind of ritual, priming your unconscious mind to produce the creative goods on demand. Remember William Faulkner: “I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at nine o’clock every morning.”

There are lots of articles out there on beating procrastination and sometimes you need to deal with the underlying reasons but reading about using routine really helped me. I can use my love of routine to help me be more creative and out of the box – not a combination that would have sprung to mind but once it does it just makes sense.

What’s your most effective way to beat procrastination?