Do you have a job to finish but you rather spend an hour talking on the phone or scrolling on social?
Well, procrastination is what you choose to do when you avoid doing something else that you must do or is of great importance to you. People usually choose to ignore important tasks that are less pleasant in favor of other tasks that they enjoy. However, those tasks are important for a reason, and in this post, we are going to share some of the best tips to help you stop procrastinating.
All people are prone to procrastination, thus there is so much talk about this issue. We are all guilty of looking out of the window on a beautiful summer day instead of working on a boring excel sheet full of numbers. Some people, though, give in to this impulse of avoiding the important tasks far too often. People who are most prone to procrastination usually are less productive and hardly ever accomplish their goals.
Although procrastination is something common for almost all of us, when it becomes a habit, it might be the source of more serious problems. In these cases, procrastination might lead to loss of motivation for life, depression, and anxiety. Once procrastination leads to such issues, looking out for some professional advice might be the right choice.
However, in most cases, procrastination could be dealt as another bad habit. Hard to beat as all bad habits but yet not unfeasible. It just needs willpower, determination, the right guidance, and, of course, consistency in your attempts to win. So, what are those tips to help you stop procrastinating?
“The scholar’s greatest weakness: calling procrastination research.”Stephen King, 11/22/63
Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating
1. Understand That You Are Procrastinating
Apart from the fact that procrastination itself means we ignore one important task in favor of another more pleasant one, we are usually also tempted to ignore the fact that we procrastinate.
We usually find silly excuses we say to ourselves like “once I eat an ice cream I will have more energy” and then “once I make another coffee I will be ready” and so on. Whatever you choose to do instead of that important one, understand all you do is procrastinate.
2. Understand Why You are Procrastinating
Why do you procrastinate? Is it that the task is really that unpleasant or you just don’t know how to do it and where to start from? Could it be that you need to look into it before you work on it? Do you simply find it boring? Do you worry you are not good enough to pool it through?
Whatever it is, just identify why you don’t wish to work on it and you rather do something else instead.
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3. Accept That Sometimes You Are Not That Productive
Sometimes you understand you are in lack the energy you need to accomplish something. You might have had poor sleep or you have a headache. You might have other issues in your mind that you simply cannot concentrate on anything.
Well, it happens to all. Understand that these days, you are just less productive. Procrastination is something different. Even on those days that your energy levels are low, you can still work on important tasks. Maybe doing some organizational work or just some simple steps of the process. Whatever you find most feasible.
4. Start Working
In my opinion, the best of all tips to overcome procrastination is to start working on this task you try to avoid. Just commit yourself to work on it for 5 minutes. Usually, the hard step of the process is the first one. Once this first step is made, usually, you will find yourself working for more than 5 minutes and having already accomplished something.
5. Work Clever, Not Hard
If your energy levels are high in the morning and you spend this time of the day procrastinating and doing all the fun stuff, probably you will spend the rest of the day feeling overwhelmed by this important task you cannot pull through.
Choose to work clever rather than hard. Use your more energetic time within the day to work on this task that you procrastinate, even if it is just for 5 minutes. If you offer this time during your more productive time of the day, you will make progress. After all, once you are done with the important ones, you can then have the rest of the day available for all the pleasant ones.
6. Take it Easy
Most of the tasks you procrastinate working on might probably seem hard or too difficult. However, even the most demanding tasks can be broken down into smaller, more manageable, and easier to handle tasks. There is no need to start with what you do not know. Start with the steps you already know how to pull through.
Take those first easy steps and after completing them, you would have already made some progress. This progress could become your motive. You could then dedicate the rest of your available time to figure out the rest.
7. Take Breaks
Make sure you take enough breaks while working on something you procrastinated on for too long. Working endless hours on a task you were already trying to avoid will only make you want to avoid this task even more next time. Work on small productive chunks of time and see your task progressing.
8. Overcome your Fears
When I talked about understanding the reasons you procrastinate, I made some questions. Most of these questions show some kind of fear, fear that we know little, fear that we are not enough to pull something through.
All these fears are equal to the well-known fear of failure. Everyone is afraid but yet some people move ahead and overcome this fear. Fear of failure usually makes people over-analyze things instead of taking any action, which leads to paralysis by analysis.
Some other people might even be afraid of the fact that they might succeed. They actually feel like they are not worthy of success and all they do is self-sabotaging themselves.
9. Identify that Procrastination is Not Laziness
Everyone procrastinates now and then. Some people do it more often compared to others, yet that does not mean that someone who procrastinates is lazy. If you think so for yourself, maybe you have also believed it and convinced yourself that this is how things are and you are lazy.
Procrastination does not mean laziness. Thinking of yourself as a lazy person because you do so is another wrong perception that you should change.
10. Reward Yourself Each Time You Beat Procrastination
Promise yourself that if you work on this boring important task for one hour, you will have a small candy or buy yourself a coffee. It does not have to be something big. It could just be a small motive. Something you can long for while working on something you do not like that much.
11. Validate Your lifestyle
Could it be that you really have a lack of energy, thus you always prefer to procrastinate the important tasks you must work on? Do you get enough sleep every night? Is a healthy diet and exercise part of your life or not?
Maybe you do not procrastinate because you prefer to do something more enjoyable instead. It could be just that you should blame your lifestyle for this lack of energy.
Final Thoughts on Tips to Help You Stop Procrastinating
For most people, procrastination is mostly a bad habit they must work on in order to change. Be aware of the fact that you are procrastinating and identify why you are doing so.
I hope the tips provided in this post will help you deal with procrastination and start working on all your important tasks.
“Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone”Pablo Picasso
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