Are you tired of putting things off? Procrastination can be a real challenge, but it’s not impossible to overcome! Just imagine how amazing you’ll feel once you finally tackle those daunting tasks. Whether it’s a sense of relief, accomplishment, or satisfaction, holding onto that feeling can give you the push you need to beat procrastination.
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Now it is time to overcome the habit of procrastination. So let’s take a step-by-step approach to break that habit and get things done!
Tips for Overcoming Procrastination
Procrastination is a behavior that can be managed and overcome—with the right knowledge, tools, and support.
Here are a few tips to help you cope.
1. Just Start
Just start, no matter what it is. The key to beating procrastination is to begin. Stop overthinking and dive right into the task you have been dreading. Kick the analysis to the curb and just jump in and work on it.
You can start with just 15 minutes of focused work and see how it goes. Set a timer and begin. Once you get going, you’ll find that the next steps come more easily than you expected. When the timer goes off, reevaluate whether you want to continue.
2. Break the Task Down Into Small, Manageable Chunks
Sometimes we procrastinate when we feel overwhelmed. If you’ve been procrastinating a specific project because it feels like “too much,” make a plan.
Instead of putting off a project because it feels like too much, start by breaking the activity into smaller, more digestible parts.This makes the overall task seem less daunting and helps you get started. Your mind registers that the tasks are small enough to be handled.
Take it step by step and watch yourself move forward without procrastinating. Your stress may also slowly be replaced with a feeling of satisfaction that comes with letting go of fear and moving forward.
3. Organization Is Key
Feeling like you have too much to do can sometimes make you put things off. Implementing organizational strategies can be a game-changer.
Try managing your time better by making task lists, setting priorities, and scheduling deadlines.
Creating designated workspaces for specific tasks can also help you stay focused and motivated.
You can limit distractions by closing applications on your computer. Placing your phone in another room or turning notifications off also helps you focus.
4. Increase Your Motivation
Negative thoughts and emotions can hinder your progress. Instead of resenting a task, shift your mindset by introducing positive thoughts to increase your motivation.
Reward yourself for completing tasks, even if it’s something small. Find meaning in activities you tend to avoid and focus on the ultimate goal or outcome.
5. You Are Not Lazy
Understand that procrastination doesn’t make you lazy. It’s a behavior rooted in stress, fear, or negative beliefs. Give yourself some grace and don’t be too hard on yourself if you tend to procrastinate. Instead, explore if there are underlying issues, such as anxiety or ADHD, that may be affecting your productivity.
Don’t let procrastination control your life. Start taking steps towards breaking the habit and achieving your goals. You’ve got this!
What is Next?
Procrastination is a habit, and if you understand how it shows up for you, you can replace it with a better one. You can work to prevent and overcome procrastination and help with success.
I Am Here To Help
I would love to speak with you to determine if I can help you accomplish your goals. If you need guidance on your career, I am here to help. If you find yourself in a situation where you need career advice or support and want to talk about planning for your future, reach out to me, Rachel Schneider, at Career Find, for a free Intro Call.