We’ve been procrastinating for years. Some people think that they are actually more productive when they wait to the last minute. For some, that may be true, but at the end of the day, better planning and time management is more effective.
Overcoming procrastination isn’t easy, but it can be done. You need a little determination and a few tips to help you get on task and stay on task.
The first step to solving any problem is to admit you have one. The second step is acknowledging you want to solve that problem and will do what it takes to overcome the issue. It may sound like a 12 step program, but this really is the first thing to getting past it.
Basically, there seem to be three reasons one procrastinates. First, none of us want to do something we think is unpleasant. Another reason we put off tasks is there are so many other things we would rather be doing. The final reason we procrastinate is because a job or task seems overwhelming.
Even when you can bring yourself around to doing that which is unpleasant you will find a million other excuses why the task can wait. Whatever your reason for procrastinating you must find a way to overcome the excuses.
If the problem facing you is a job you don’t want to do, then think of some way to leverage your best interest in favor of getting the task done. Offer yourself a reward once the job is done. Do something for yourself.
If you really want to do something else, then make that your reward for doing the task you are avoiding. Find a way to gratify yourself. Immediate gratification seems to work wonders as a motivator for overcoming procrastination.
When a task overwhelms you, try to break it down into smaller jobs or tasks. It will help you overcome procrastination when the job seems doable. Breaking the task into smaller jobs makes each of them achievable. Pretty soon, the entire task will be done.
Get organized and practice time management. Spend a few minutes planning every day. Set a schedule and stick with it. If a job is running over its time, then stop. Add it to your list to work on tomorrow. You aren’t going to overcome procrastination overnight, but with a little practice you’ll soon be doing everything right on time.
If you fall back into the same habit again, don’t get frustrated. Learn to forgive yourself. Recommit, and get back on the wagon. You can do it. You just have to believe in yourself.
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