4 Strategies to Take on Procrastination

Most people procrastinate due to an overwhelming fear of failure. After all, you can't fail at something if you never even make a proper attempt towards it. It almost feels that we're wired to resist change. We go out of our way to avoid the inevitable, or do something that even slightly scares us. In our day-to-day lives, there will always be tasks that we don't want to take care of right away. While these responsibilites may not fulfill our constant need for enjoyment, they need to be done. When you finally take care of them, you can't help but feel a huge sense of relief and a little bit of pride. 

With that being said, here are some tips to help you avoid wasting time to take care of the daily things that matter.

Do the Most Unpleasant Things First

Usually, we procrastinate tasks that are seemingly difficult and cumbersome. These are the tasks that require to think about things we're not fully familiar with, or have many steps. The more time you spend not doing these tasks, the more difficult your mind will make them appear.

Time management is, therefore, crucial for overcoming procrastination. Plan your day in advance and schedule the toughest tasks first. Ideally, get them done in the first half of the day itself (if possible). This way, you will feel a natural sense of accomplishment which will boost your morale and confidence for the rest of the day.

Goal Setting

Having clearly laid out goals along with a step-by-step action plan for achieving them is essential for both long and short-term success. A lot of people make the mistake of setting goals are too far-fetched and unrealistic.

You must ensure that you divide all your big and small goals into smaller tasks so that you are taking action on them every day (or at least, regularly). These smaller tasks eventually add up to become a massive success. The Goals.com app gives you the capability to do this with ease.

Parent Yourself

What would your mom do if you spent too much time playing video games or had your eyes glued to your smart phone while putting off your homework. She’d most likely tell you to switch off the video game and go do your homework “right now.”

You might be an adult now, but every adult still needs a great deal of self-parenting. Give yourself a three-second rule to shake off all procrastination. Whenever you sense that you're avoiding any looming tasks or responsibilities, take a deep breath, count to 3 and then immediately start on your tasks for the day.

Think of the Cost

Procrastination costs a lot. Think about the amount of money, energy, resources, and time you are losing with every minute that you spend procrastinating. When you procrastinate, you're literally putting your greatness on your hold. If you have a habit taking on your responsibilities with a lot of trepidation, take a new perspective to your time spent relaxing.

Instead of thinking of everything as time spent, think of relaxation as time earned. Before you unwind by spending an hour looking at online content, do something to earn that time for yourself. If you didn't do anything to earn that time, then do something productive. If you practice this, you will put your mind at ease by taking care of your necessary tasks, and earn a sense of pride of accomplishing something.

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  • Dylan Boor
    Dylan Boor
    Great advice. This is something I battle with on a daily basis.
    May 2, 2019
  • Abby LeBlanc
    Abby LeBlanc
    I like the idea of putting a high value on time. It really is the most valuable thing we have!
    May 2, 2019