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5 Ways To Stop Procrastinating

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Procrastination can be detrimental to your health, wealth, and relationships.

Procrastination can be detrimental to your health, wealth, and relationships.

We all know firsthand what procrastination can do to us. It usually occurs when we’re faced with a task that we don’t want to face, but then there is a voice within our head that tells us not to do it. And so we postpone it until tomorrow. Then, we repeat this cycle day after day, and before we know it, we have this mounting pile of things that we need to get done and it feels overwhelming.

Everybody procrastinates. It's just part of human nature. I know, I do it too. See, I think doing things you don't like to do isn't the fun part. But if you focus on how to stop procrastinating you might find ways to make what needs to get done more rewarding. And that's where the fun begins!

Identify Underlying Causes of Procrastination

Procrastination can leave you feeling frustrated, embarrassed and even a bit lost. You may tend to avoid difficult tasks that have been put off for far too long.

Some people are more likely than others to find themselves in situations where they’re tempted to procrastinate. They may feel nervous about what they’re doing. They might be unsure of what their boss wants or what the outcome of their project will be. They may have unrealistic expectations for how long something will take. These are all common reasons why people procrastinate.

Get Rid of the Distractions

Once you’ve decided to start creating and making things, it might be hard to focus on your work without the distractions of the outside world. Here are 5 things that can distract you from creating:


  • Social Media: If there’s a Facebook app on your phone, chances are you’ll look at it. You may even post something on Instagram or share a photo with someone on Snapchat. These social media apps pull your attention away from your work, and they can make you feel like you’re falling behind on it if you don’t check them constantly. Check them less often and give yourself some breathing room to get into the zone of creating.
  • TV: Don’t sit and watch TV while working, this is a direct distraction from your work and can lead to procrastination. Instead, turn off your TV and go do something else until you’re ready to get back to work.
  • People: Some people can be so distracting that they make your work process harder than it already is! It helps to set some boundaries with these people so you don’t become distracted by them during the day. Set some boundaries for yourself so you can focus when the time comes.
  • The Internet: Even though the internet is a great resource when it comes to information, for many people it can be an uncontrollable distraction when they are trying to create something for themselves or others in their home business. If you're easily distracted online, consider blocking everything except for your work-related websites and apps.
  • Your Phone: You may think that having your phone nearby will help you create more, but in reality, having it too close to hand can distract you from what you're doing when working within an app or desktop program, or even while writing an email or text message! It's best

Set Realistic Goals and Time Frames for Completing Them

The most effective way to stop procrastinating is to set realistic goals and time frames for completing them. The more realistic your goals are, the less likely you will be to procrastinate. If you have unrealistic expectations for yourself, you are setting yourself up for failure.

Do you aim to become a millionaire? Good luck. Then don't wait until you're thirty to start saving. If you want to be a good student, make sure the classes you choose will help prepare you for your career and give you opportunities for personal growth. If you want to be a competent parent, learn how to raise children and focus on what's important.

Sometimes we procrastinate because we don't know when it's time to do something. That's when deadlines are useful, they force us to make decisions and take action even if we aren't in the mood to deal with things right then and there.

Break Big Tasks into Actionable Chunks

We know the best way to get work done is to break it into smaller, simpler tasks and then work on each one until it is done. The problem is that we don't always follow this advice; we procrastinate instead of taking action on big tasks.

By breaking a big task into smaller, achievable pieces, you can get more done in less time. For example, instead of scheduling all your gym workouts for one day or even one week at a time, you might spread them over several days or weeks. That way, you can get more exercise while still keeping up with your other commitments.

Focus on What You Want, Not What You Don't Want

The most effective way to stop procrastinating is to focus on what you do want, not what you don't want. If you focus on what you don't want, your thoughts will go around in circles and you'll accomplish nothing. But if you think about the thing you do want, your thoughts start working for you.

This works because it challenges our natural tendency to think about what we don't want, which usually makes us feel bad and therefore disengaged from the task at hand. Instead, focusing on what you want makes you feel good about your work, so it's easier to stay engaged and focused until you finish the project.

In other words, if you're having trouble getting started on a project (or finishing it), try reframing your thoughts and thinking about what you do want (not what you don't). Doing this will help improve your state of mind and make it easier for you to focus and work through your procrastination.

Many of us procrastinate at least once in our lives. We all face the task of having to do something, but simply find excuses for not doing it. Procrastination can ruin your ambitions and backfire by making you feel bad about yourself. It wastes time, which means it squanders opportunities.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Tantowi Gilang

Comments

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 20, 2021:

Good article. Nice points

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