How to overcome procrastination in eight easy steps

How to overcome procrastination in eight easy steps

Most of tend to put off duties and tasks. Everybody sometimes spends time doing unimportant things only to delay taking care of the important ones. They say one in five adults even procrastinates chronically. What can we do to avoid this pattern?

Procrastination doesn't mean lazy in the first place. Your brain needs time off to stay focused and creative, and letting your thoughts fly away from daily duties is just the perfect way to relax. Yet too much of anything ain't ever good. This is what you can do to beat procrastination.

Learn to know yourself
The first thing to do if you suffer chronic procrastinitis is to understand its negative affects on your life and the habits or reasons that cause it. Especially if you procrastinate regularly it's not about rather caused by anxiety or fear of failure. Watch yourself to learn at which times you are the most productive and whenprocrastination sets in.

Get a good time management
Organize your tasks and carefully estimate how much time you need to accomplish each of them. Plan breaks so you don't get exhausted. Today getting organized is as easy as it never was – you can choose from a wide variety of applications that help you to stay on top of things. Go for a tool that most matches your individual needs and is simple to work with. Check out our respective tutorial. In any case planning improves the quality of your work and life while reducing stress.

Change your perspective
Stop focusing on why it can't be done and rather think about how it can be done. Avoid fantasizing about the results of what you have to do and better concentrate on how to achieve them. Also divide big tasks into smaller parts when possible. This way the whole project seems less overwhelming and it's usually easier to successively handle it than to do all in one go.

Find again commitment
Think about what attracted you to your work and other assignments. Find again Identify your personal goals you can relate to in order to feel motivated again. Seeing how you progress will make you confident again in your work and abilities.

Reward yourself
Reward yourself after completing tasks and look back on the daily or weekly duties you already accomplished. Similarly you may also punish yourself for having fallen back into your procrastination habit. These small incentives are a surprisingly effective motivator.

Adapt your environment
If you can't get yourself  movin' you should definitely reduce all that distracts you. Tell your colleagues not to disturb you when you really need to concentrate. Check your e-mails rather in dedicated times than constantly, and mute the damn phone if you file like it.

Expect obstacles
When setting up a plan or to-do-list always expect that some tasks may take longer than estimated or a new duty may come in your way.

Be realistic
Set reasonable targets you are confident to actually be able to accomplish. Not sure about your how much time you really need? Determine this by measuring your past achievement. Remember unrealistic goals make you frustrated and demotivate you, effectively feed procrastination. And once you start to fight this vice, be patient. You may have introduced the best ever time management method, but it's full adoption still needs some time. Change won't come overnight.

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