How To Stop Procrastinating And Start Making Money Online

Maybe you want to make some extra cash as a side hustle. Perhaps you want to make money online to replace your current day job. Whatever the case…you won’t get far if you’re procrastinating. Answering why people procrastinate is incredibly hard. Everyone is different, and you’ll procrastinate in a way that’s unique to yourself. 

But it’s a strange little word. Procrastinate. Mirriam Webster define it as:

We won’t put off telling you about the origins of “procrastinate.” English speakers borrowed the word in the 16th century from Latin procrastinatus, which itself evolved from the prefix pro-, meaning “forward,” and crastinus, meaning “of tomorrow.” Like its synonyms “delay,” “lag,” “loiter,” “dawdle,” and “dally,” “procrastinate” means to move or act slowly so as to fall behind. It typically implies blameworthy delay especially through laziness or apathy.

– Mirriam Webster Definition.

There it is. Blameworthy delay. That’s what you’re guilty of. In all seriousness, procrastination has bothered and hampered people from all walks of life since the beginning of history. Learning how to stop procrastinating and do some work is something many struggle with. But…you’re here. Half the battle with procrastination is won because you’re actively looking to beat it. If you want to make the most of your spare time to make some good money online, then procrastination needs to be kicked to the curb. Here’s how to do it.

Stop Procrastinating With Your Phone

It’s pretty much guaranteed that since phones have become so smart, procrastination has gotten way worse. If your phone is there it’s so easy to start scrolling through some stupid cat videos on YouTube or reading the latest article on your favourite newsite. Worse…you can end up on social media. The first thing you need to do is put your phone out of sight. Even if it’s your work phone. Don’t make the mistake of telling yourself you just won’t touch it…it won’t happen. This might be on a desk behind you, in a draw, or simply out of your peripheral vision. If you can’t see it the temptation won’t be there. Put it on loud. If you’ve got kids or are expecting an important call you’ll know. However, it stops you picking it up “to check”, only for you to end up losing half an hour in what feels like a heartbeat. Learning how to stop checking your phone is hard when it’s an ingrained habit…but try this for a start because simply not seeing it can go a long way.

Music Can Stop Procrastination

It’s dangerous, because sometimes you can waste a lot of time flicking between artists and trying to find the perfect song. If you can zone out into the music without worrying about song choice it can focus your mind. The key to end procrastination with music is in using the acoustic format. Music with no words. Nothing to try and listen to. Instead, you can just relax and listen to the noise. It might be classical music, drum and bass or a bit of dubstep. A lot of people like to listen to film scores when they work. Again, it’s one of those situations where each person will have their own preferences and there’s nothing wrong with that. Find what helps you. Usually you’ll be better off with longer songs too as then there’s less to ruin your flow. Of course, some work environments don’t like or allow music, but if you can use it it’s certainly worth a try.

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Set Boundaries To Stop Disruption

You can easily fall into procrastination if someone bothers you. Maybe it’s one of your kids, asking you to play with them. It’s so easy to say yes and leave what really needs to be done. Set boundaries where you simply aren’t allowed to be disturbed. If you’re looking after the kids yourself and working then it’s different, but if you can, set a clear cut boundary that isn’t allowed to be crossed. In this time, you know you have to get your best work done. If you don’t, it’s going to become hard to not procrastinate…the pressure works for some people. For others…not so much. Worth a try if it can help you stop procrastinating.

Cut The Noise

Work somewhere noisy? The constant disruption can end up forcing you to procrastinate because it’ll keep interrupting your thought and work processes. If you work in a busy office area the likelihood is you’ll find this distracting from time to time. Same if there’s some construction work occurring in the area or if you’re working from home and the kids are playing games or music. Try to work somewhere quiet when you’re working on something important. Ear plugs or noise cancelling headphones can really help when it comes to trying to focus and stop procrastinating. Being more attentive comes with the ability to pay attention to what you’re working on without distraction, noise certainly is a distraction which can lead directly to procrastination.

Comfort Can Help Stop Procrastination

If you’re not comfortable it’s easy to find an excuse to get up and do something else. To shift position and pick up your phone or even just to stare out of the window. Make sure you’re comfortable to keep workplace procrastination at bay. This, in the main, means procuring an office chair that is supremely comfortable and to your needs. Make sure you’re comfortable in all ways. Use a neck pillow if you need one, think about a wrist brace if all the clicking is starting to hurt. If you want to make money online you need to be comfortable and relaxed. If you aren’t, you are going to be wasting time and not putting your best work forward.

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Try Not To Snack All Day

Feeling hungry is a brilliant procrastination excuse. Even if you’re that tiny bit peckish it’s easy to go wandering to the kitchen. You can combat this attention killer by eating properly. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. As well as those three main events, a few healthy snacks at your desk. Think about a banana or something similar. As it’s at your desk, you won’t get up and go wondering which can lead to many other procrastination opportunities. Ensure you aren’t hungry by eating right and you won’t find the need to eat when you’re in the middle of your new money making project. To get your food habits right, try to:

  • Get into a good routine
  • Eat foods with higher amounts of energy
  • Ensure the food you eat fills you up so you don’t snack
  • Watch out for too much sugar

Get Some Time Away From Work

It’s so important that you take time away from your place of work during the day. If you’re at your desk all day it’s easier to procrastinate. Instead, step away from time to time. Go for a walk to clear your head. Take your lunch away from your desk too. It refreshes and refocuses your brain. If you stay there, with the illusion that you’re working really hard, you’ll end up procrastinating even more because you wouldn’t have had a break nor would you have given yourself time to reset. A lot of places are warming to this idea. People work better then life is more flexible, rather than being sat at your desk all day. It’s even been touted that a four day working week would be more productive than a five day…all because of how important it is to get away from your desk to recharge to a certain extent.

Cut Down On The Caffeine

Maybe you thrive on it. Perhaps it’s something that you totally love and can’t go without. However, you need to remember that everything has a limit. If you overdo it on the caffeine you can end up feeling a bit too tightly strung. It makes it too hard to concentrate and you’ll end up procrastinating. You think it’ll increase work longevity but in reality drinking too much makes things worse. Stick to one or two cups a day. One in the morning as usual…but then try to scale it back. Maybe drink some tea instead of coffee…there’s still caffeine but just less of it. If you’re a big coffee drinker this might be hard at first because you’ll end up having withdrawal symptoms. Cutting back can help with your procrastination problem and allow you to approach the work in a more relaxed manner.

Go Goal By Goal

Make easy to reach goals and you’ll feel a little buzz when you tick it off. Then move down the list one by one. It’s far more manageable than simply having one overarching goal that you’ll hit after a long time. You’ll feel less inclined to procrastinate if the job at hand isn’t insurmountable. Take it one chunk at a time. Just jot them down in your notebook or make something a little more colourful and jazzy…whatever you like.

Something like that anyway…

There you have it. A load of easy tips to stop procrastinating. If you can make the most of your time, there’s no reason why you can’t start making money online in any number of ways, because that’s all it takes. Time. You won’t want to work when you get in from a really busy day. Yet, an hour of top quality work beats three hours of intermittent procrastination any day. Use the time you have and allow yourself to soar. 

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