Make Procrastination a Thing of the Past

Almost everyone procrastinates, one time or another, right? There are always things you simply might not want to finish, even though you know it may be necessary. The good news is you can avoid living like that. You can change the way you look at your tasks.  You can make procrastination a thing of the past, a distant memory!

There are all kinds of reasons why people procrastinate. Some do it because they don’t like the task.  Others do it because other things mean more to them.  Still, other people might be struggling with depression, sickness, or just feeling down. No matter what your reasons for procrastinating, you can take control and get things done.

Find What Matters to You 

It’s important to be able to do things that you want to do.  However, the reality is that someone has to take out the garbage, wash the dishes, or complete that long-winded business report. There should be a healthy balance between the things you must do and the things you do simply for pleasure.

Of course, what you like to do won’t necessarily be the same as what someone else enjoys. Well, that’s perfectly fine. Some people like to clean their homes. Others prefer to pay someone to clean so they can do something else. Neither person is wrong, nor should they try to convince the other person to change. They are both focused on what they enjoy doing.

If you want to stop procrastinating, your first step is to determine:

  • The things you absolutely have to do
  • What others have told you that you have to do
  • Or what you can get others to do for you – either volunteer or paid

When you’ve been honest with yourself and determined what matters to you, you can focus on the tasks that you truly must accomplish.

Be Sure to Reward Yourself 

Ensure you get something when you give something. In other words, avoid doing a lot of tasks that you don’t enjoy without treating yourself.

It’s important that you reward yourself for doing things you don’t like doing. The reward should be simple and realistic, but also something that you can look forward to. A treat can be anything from a scoop of ice cream to your favorite movie to taking a walk under the stars – whatever brings you joy.

For example, you can tell yourself, “When I finish cleaning the kitchen, I’ll read another chapter in that book I enjoy.” You’ll be more likely to finish cleaning faster if you know you can do something fun afterward.

More Tips to Stop Procrastinating 

Rewarding yourself is only one good way to stop procrastinating. You’re more inclined to get things done by making unwanted tasks more enjoyable.

Try these techniques to convince yourself to complete those tasks:

  1. Get others involved.
    Need to paint your house? Get your family or friends involved and then enjoy some time together afterward. Order a pizza. Watch a movie. Play in the yard. Do something that makes you feel joyful and connected. This way, you can actually look forward to it!
  2. Do one thing each day.
    Divide the task up into more manageable bits. For example, rather than cleaning your entire house in one day, just clean one or two rooms each day, on a schedule of your choosing. When you do that, the smaller tasks seem much easier to handle and you won’t spend your entire weekend cleaning.
  3. Set realistic deadlines and goals.
    If you set unrealistic goals, it’s easy to get discouraged. Avoid discouragement by setting goals and deadlines that are attainable. You can achieve what you set out to accomplish when you know your confidence and when your motivation soar. 

Overcoming procrastination takes work, but it’s something that anyone can do. Make a commitment today to stop procrastinating and start moving forward with your life. You can take control, and you’ll be glad you did as you find yourself accomplishing your goals and enjoying more free time.