5 Strategies to Help you Stop Procrastinating
- Stop over-complicating things
- You must always start with the tough stuff first
- Break your work into little steps
- Put a desirable reward for completing the big project
You have a deadline to meet, but you just don’t feel like doing anything. And, this is not a rare phenomenon. You are a procrastinator if you put off doing a task for "later". Many of us struggle with this perpetual habit. While procrastinating gives us a short-term satisfaction,, it hinders performance in the long-term.
Here are some simple strategies you can employ to stop procrastination.
It is us who make things complicated, thinking of a right time to do the things. Tell yourself ‘there is no perfect time; right now is the right time.’ Don’t give yourself X, Y, Z reasons and just dump that thought of the perfect time. If you keep giving yourself reasons to not to do something, you are never going to accomplish anything. Seeking perfection is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination.
Start with the Difficult Part
This will be annoying. However, you must start with the tough part of dealing with procrastination. This way you develop your willpower and use the resources to your best to make finishing your tasks easier. This strategy gives you the strongest chance for success. And, no longer will working on a task prove troublesome.
Break Work into Little Steps
When you are looking at a big task, you may procrastinate. The same task will seem doable when it is divided into parts. It’s natural to be overwhelmed by the size of more than a few tasks. But, don’t get disheartened when you look at something you can’t do, instead look at how much you can. That’s how you should go about it.
Get a Buddy
If you have someone to work with you for the same set of goals, you are more likely to perform better. A mere company makes the whole process much more fun. In that case, both of you will hold each other accountable. Needless to say, it spurs one to keep taking action and finish the task in hand.
Set Rewards and Consequences
It is great when you put a desirable reward for completing a project, big or small. Doing so will provide you the motivation to get started on that task and a much needed push to get moving.
Use these strategies to get rid of the bad habit that eats us away and keeps us from achieving greater results in life.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Oct 16, 2017
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