Banish Procrastination Forever With These Top Tips

We’ve all procrastinated in one situation or another. You might find yourself setting aside doing something that you regard as not important, only to be confronted with your lack of effort later on. Did you know that you can banish procrastination from your life forever! Rally your efforts now to get things done effectively and efficiently.

Banish procrastination for good by adopting these useful strategies:

  1. Admit that you look for diversions. Instead of paying attention to the task at hand, a lot of those who procrastinate do it by finding something else to focus on before doing what should have been done.
  • For instance, your lawn needs to be mowed, but here comes your neighbor and you decide to go chat with him first.
  • If you can acknowledge that you purposely look for interruptions to avoid what needs to be done, you’ll be on your way to curbing your procrastination.
  1. Think about how you’ll feel when you finish the task. What will be different when you’ve completed the thing you’ve been avoiding? Of course, you feel relieved when the task is finally done! These thoughts can motivate you to take action.
  2. Consider how you’ll feel when the job isn’t finished.  If you continue to procrastinate, then imagine how you will feel about not doing that job. Use those negative feelings as motivation to get the job done straight away.
  1. Stop making excuses. sometimes you might think that you’ll do a poor job or you convince yourself you’ll do a better job when you’re down to the wire. Some excuses can be, “I’d really like to get that done, but I’m in a time crunch now.”
  • Admit to yourself that these are empty and lame excuses that just contribute to your procrastination.
  1. Just do it. Nike made the saying famous and it applies here. Rather than spend time avoiding a task or wishing it was already done, just start it now.
  2. Set goals and make a list of what needs to be done right now, right here.  Set a time to list down the things you’ve been procrastinating about. Next to each task, write down your completion date.
  • Use your calendar and make sure you have enough time. Divide larger tasks into a series of smaller tasks and list each of those tasks on your calendar too. That will make it easier to see at a glance which tasks you need to do each day. This way, you don’t overwhelm yourself and can schedule a reasonable time in which to complete each task.
  1. Celebrate your successes. When you complete a task you’ve been setting aside for some time, it is time to reward yourself. It might be a dinner out with a friend, a trip to see that new museum or a relaxing pedicure. Be proud of yourself for stopping the cycle of procrastination.

For many of us, procrastination is the bane of existence.  Remember, you have the power to change from procrastination to action. Make a list of the things that need to be done and complete those tasks immediately. You’ll feel less worried and stressed in your life if you learn to get things done in a timely manner.

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