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Overcome Procrastination

Overcome procrastination

Do you want to accomplish something in a specific time, but you always have the urge to procrastinate? Do you have to write a term paper, but you always seem not to have the time to do it? Procrastination is one of the main issues that affect productivity in people’s lives. Studies show that more than 75% of the people consider themselves procrastinators and usually these people end up stressed, depressed or feeling guilty for not accomplishing the specific task that they want to accomplish.

To eliminate, overcome, and stop procrastination follow the below guidelines:

1. Ask yourself “why do I procrastinate?” Do you procrastinate because you are afraid of the results? Do you procrastinate because you find the task boring? Do you wait for the right mood? Once you find out the root cause of why you procrastinate, you have finished the first step which is analyzing the cause of your procrastination.

2. Change your thoughts about the root cause of the type of procrastination. For example, if you want to write a term paper, but you can’t seem to start because you find it boring, then say to yourself “I love writing. Learning writing improves my writing skills and helps me achieve my goals and in the process I am learning something new.” If you procrastinate because you are afraid of the result, then you have to change the way you think about the root cause. Ask yourself, “what is the worst that can happen to me if I do this specific task?” Usually, you will find that the answer will be trivial and does not have any truth to your fear. Stop thinking negatively about your task and do not let your thoughts take your energy from doing the task.

3. Manage your time correctly. Set a time every single day to accomplish your goal. You can set an hour every single day working on the task you want to do. Say to yourself that during this hour, nothing will take your attention from getting it done. It does not matter if you don’t feel like doing the task. Some times, we don’t feeling like getting up to make a sandwich for ourselves, yet we get up and do it because we feel hungry, so JUST DO IT!

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5 Comments

  1. […] overcome procrastination […]

  2. Tim Wilson says:

    Procrastination occurs when we’re faced with a project or task that is hard, boring, scary or overwhelming.

    One method to overcome it is to fool yourself into action. Act for whatever length of time or level of intensity isn’t threatening.

    So, for example, working on that term paper for three minutes is achievable, right? Once you’ve made a start, you’re free to stop after three minutes are up. But the likely outcome is that you continue for longer.

    Reduce the perceived ‘threat’ increase the likelihood of taking action.

  3. Great tips, Dia!

    I often find myself procrastinating as well. I like your suggestion to change the way we think when we procrastinate. Most of the time, I’m afraid my efforts will be a waste of time if I complete a certain task, or I’m afraid of the work involved.

    In order to overcome procrastination, I could simply obtain a more optimistic mindset – “The work that I’ll do won’t be a waste of time,” or “I love working on this task and, if it gets accomplished, I’ll be so much closer to my goal.”

    Christina

  4. These are excellent ways to work on getting out of the procrastination habit. I love the idea of mantras. Those, alone, can work to change the way people think about getting things done. I’m a procrastinator from way back. It hits me when I’m faced with something that I just don’t WANT to do. Your suggestions just might do the trick to turning me around! Thanks!
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  5. Mika Castro says:

    Procrastination occurs when you suddenly when you do not prioritize things and putting your important task at later time.
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