Tips for Overcoming Procrastination
Often called the "thief of time", procrastination is the habit of intentionally
delaying work on important tasks that need to be done. Overcoming
procrastination is essential as procrastination will start to interfering with
your goals in your work and personal life.
There are many reasons that you may procrastinate. Poor time management, anxiety
about a certain task and being bored by a certain task are just a few of the
reasons that people procrastinate. In the end, procrastination usually leads to
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Do you frequently find yourself putting essential tasks off until tomorrow,
later, or never instead of doing them today? If
procrastination has worked its way into your life, it may be time to change the
way you think about your tasks and goals and begin to utilize better ways of
tackling those things you've been procrastinating on.
As you can imagine and probably know from
personal experience, when you procrastinate it not only affects the task but it
can also affect you emotionally and bring on feelings such as guilt, inadequacy
Here are some tips for overcoming procrastination and building momentum:
Can you approach the task differently? Always be mindful of how you
approach tasks. Ask yourself: Do I need to use a different technique? Will a new
way of approaching this task make me feel better? How can I get some JOY out of
starting this project? We all work in different ways and are inspired by
different things. Find what works well for you and go with it.
Be sure you have what you need: Make certain that you have the right
information, equipment and energy level to enable you to complete the task.
Plan, plan, plan: Did I say Plan? The time we spend in preparation and
planning to see a task to completion is imperative. Set a time limit for
yourself. Put a deadline on your tasks and work to reach that deadline.
Break it down: Big projects can feel overwhelming. Break them down into
the smaller subparts. You'll get more done if you can do it piece by piece. Even
the most dreadful tasks can be done in small increments.
Boost yourself up: Give your own motivation a good boost. Trust in your
strengths. Take a moment to reflect upon other tasks that you have accomplished
and feel good about! Keep reminding yourself that you can be successful!
Reward yourself: Celebrate and let yourself enjoy the completion of your
tasks (large or small). It is important to never minimize your accomplishments.
Overcoming procrastination can be done and it usually involves both better
organizational and time-management. You can start overcoming procrastination now
and in the process, feel much better about yourself. Once you get the hang of
it, you’ll be surprised at how much joy, exhilaration and sense of
accomplishment is on the other side of procrastination.
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