Tips to Overcome Procrastination

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Overcome Procrastination

It’s Sunday evening, and the clock seems to tick faster than it should be. You’re working tirelessly to complete an assignment of six o’clock deadline, while still scolding yourself for not starting it any sooner. How did this happen to you? What went wrong? Why didn’t you start sooner? Procrastination is something that we’ve done at some point in our lives. Whether you’re a college student or a grown adult, we tend to put off important work until we can no longer put it off. No worries! The following tips can help you overcome procrastination.

Realizing there is no perfect time to start anything

Count the number of times you’ve put off a task, saying you’re going to start it at a particular time. But the truth is, there’s no right time to begin. Trying to get to your job as soon as you get it, rather than putting it off for your weekend or the time you get home. We must learn not to give in to the urge to procrastinate in the first place. You might be surprised how much easier it was to finish the job once you get started.

Avoid distraction

It is hard to get any real work done when you have a phone that pings every minute someone sends a message. There’s a tendency to check who’s seen your Facebook status every time your phone’s screen lights up. Try switching off your phone till you work or get a quieter place without any distractions, such as phones, TV, music, or people.

Create a schedule

Having a schedule to do your task works best to overcome the procrastination habit. Not only does it help you to focus better, but it also makes you accustomed to daily working habits. Try making a To-do list of the work you need to do, estimate how long it might take you to complete that task, and double it to overcome the cognitive trap of underestimating how long the project could take. Every day accomplishing them will give you a sense of success every night when you to bed.

Reward yourself

Compensation encourages one to achieve goals and boost self-esteem.

You could try to reward yourself by giving yourself a chance to do something you love doing that could be a treat, watching a movie, or playing video games. It is vital to associate the idea of working with something that gives you pleasure.

Take breaks

It’s perfectly normal to feel tired and exhausted while completing a big project. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day” take a break time to give rest to your body and mind. One may be inclined to the idea of completing everything in the first sitting, but the truth is that you will end up exhausting yourself. Once you’ve put together a work plan, try to detail the process you need to get through while you’re doing it. These tiny tasks act like “baby steps” that lead to a larger target.

Overcome ProcrastinationConclusion

Breaking the habit of procrastination is not easy. If that were the case, why would an estimate of 80% -85% of students struggle with it? The urge to put things off can be very persistent, especially if you have so many distractions around you. We can not always avoid procrastination, however, being mindful gives us a level of control over procrastination. Being organized certainly helps to get started in the process of overcoming procrastination and live a productive life

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18 Replies to “Tips to Overcome Procrastination”

  1. These are really good tips for me to learn that will help me to do away with procastination. I didn’t think that it would be possible for mentor do away with it so easily but you have shown me how here and this is surely something that I would really love to use to my own advantage. It’s a good one and I will try the tips and also share with friends too.

  2. It is very thoughtful of you to share this interesting and very resourceful information, if is very helpful to make and it’s been really useful. Thanks for the nice and interesting article, very understandable to read through. Reading through this article has been a great opportunity for me because it is really understandable and it will be of immense benefit to me.

  3. Hi Diana. Thank you for great post. I think most of us have habit of procrastination, and to be fair Im fighting with it whole my life. It was a challenge during studies and its even more difficult with work. Especially now, when working from home and have so many distractors around. I think most important thing is creating good, detailed plan of the day and keep to it. Also rewarding myself for achieving goals (short break or something sweet) is very helpful. I guess at the end of the day its all about discipline and strong will, and we need to work on these every day.

  4. Procrastination is a huge problem for me for sure. I will try to apply your tips, so I don’t get too stressed out about deadlines. My biggest issue that is holding me back from my work , seems to be social media. I waist for to much time on Facebook or Twitter. Do you know how to avoid it or take a step back? thanks for this information!

    1. We have to realize social media is a business, the more time we spend on those platform, the more time we are investing in someone businness. Your main priority should be you, invest in yourself instead. Start by cutting down on the time spent on socail media, unfollow sites that do not add value to your sucess, turn off the constant notifications. Take small steps you will get there.

  5. Great topic Diana. Procrastination has always been my biggest problem. Putting things off or doing something that’s not important rather than do whats needs to be done always puts me in trouble. Over the last few years fortunately I found ways to reduce it. I try to think about how my life will get better after I get things done rather than leaving unresolved matters piling up. 

    1. Looks like yo have it under control, you have realize there is a problem and you are working on getting it solved. Thank you very much for commenting

  6. Thank you so much for the tips on overcoming procrastination!  This is a very good article for people like myself, because I am constantly doing this.  I love the schedule idea, but the problem is, sometimes I have things on my schedule and they end up taking longer than I planned and it always messes up my schedule.  Also, with breaks, how long should I take a break?

    1. Breaks should not be longer than necessary, make a schedule you can work with. Do not be too hard on yourself, you will improve with time

  7. Hi there, Procrastination can have a negative effect on our life and well-being. Procrastination is the enemy of our success.

    Procrastination will leave you with no drive or motivation in challenging yourself to move forward in achieving your goals and to be a successful in your life.

    The act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute, or past their deadline will put your vision, desires, and goals on hold.

    Thank you so much for sharing the tips of breaking the habit of procrastination. Much appreciated.

  8. This looks like a really good article you have written on stopping procrastination. I think i’m going to read this tommorow. Hahaha. Onluy kidding! I think rewarding yourself can work really well, especially by delaying gratification by arranging your tasks so that the most rewarding taks of them all  comes last.

  9. I am starting to overcome procrastination. I can’t celebrate quite yet, but I feel happy with my progress. One of the things that has helped me is to get excited about the tasks I’m doing. When we do an effort to become emotionally involved in them, then we don’t have to struggle to start working on our tasks.

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