How to Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination is an act of delaying or avoiding a task. In simple words - it is a form of laziness that resists us to complete a task. All of us faced the experience of procrastination at many stages of our lives. I personally struggling with procrastination, delaying or avoiding a task that matters to me and I was completely sick of this habit of mine. I was unable to complete my work on time. 

So, I decided to get rid of my habit of procrastination. I tried many methods to avoid this laziness. Some worked for me and some did not. Here in this article, I will tell you those tips that worked for me. I am not telling that I do not procrastinate at all. Sometimes I do feel laziness but not as much as in the past. Now I complete my work on time by using these tricks. If you also procrastinate at every moment of your life then do follow these tips and you will feel a change.
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1. Change Your Thinking:  


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Procrastination is nothing but our mindset. If you want to free yourself from the habit of procrastination then you have to change your mind. Repeat these lines many times in a day - 

Do it now... Do it now... Do it now... 

So that these lines set into your subconscious mind and your mind automatically forces you to work done. After practicing this you can get yourself free from the habit of procrastination.


2. Plan Each Day in Advance:

Take time to plan your major goals every morning. List all the things you have to do on that particular day. While making your list, set priorities so that you cannot skip to those important tasks. List those tasks first that take you closer to those goals. Work according to your list to complete your tasks. Your to-do list should be flexible to add some new tasks because by the passing of day there might be chances that you find some tasks that are more important than the tasks on the list. 

You can use a planner to plan your day or you can also use apps for this purpose. When I started to plan my day then I used any.do app but after some time I was switched to the app named Trello because it is very manageable. You can create boards and cards related to those boards in this app. You can also move the cards to prioritize your task.

3. Take Action:

After making a plan, look at the work to be done. Pick your most important task and ask yourself a question, "What is the next step that I can take toward the goal?" After getting an answer from your inner self, just jump right into the task. 


4. Difficult Project First:

Usually, tougher the task is, more we procrastinate. So, try to finish your toughest task first. If you feel resistance to do this then again ask yourself how beneficial this task for you and your life. This question will surely motivate you to complete your difficult task.


5. Divide a project into small parts:

We feel resistance to complete a large project and the result is that we can not accomplish that project on time. By dividing a task into smaller parts will make that project easy to finish. When we complete a part of that task then we feel happiness. This happiness gives us a motivation to complete other parts and at the end, we finish the whole project by working on its parts. 

6. Set a Time deadline:


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We work as per our mindset and our mind does not let us work for a longer period of time and we humans are slaves of our mind. It is a harsh reality 😶. Then what to do??? Work as per your mind but with a little trick. Set a time limit (such as half an hour or one hour) of your work. Set up to what time you have to work in baby steps. After that just stop working. In this way, you will make your mind to be happy and you will also able to finish your work.

7. Use Music to Set the Mood:

It is a powerful way to boost productivity. We are more likely to finish our work when we are in a good and happy mood. Our mind is also able to generate new concepts in a good mood. So, try to listen to the uplifting music of your choice. This will help you in your everyday jobs.

8. Minimize Distraction:


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We can not work in a noisy environment because we got continuously distracted from our work. Not just the environment but our mobile phones are also a big hurdle in the completion of work. When we got notification from social media or got an email then we stop our work to check those notifications. If we resist doing so then we can not fully concentrate on our task. So, try to avoid distraction while working. Always try to sit in a quiet room and place your phone away from you. You can also mute notifications from the phone or use productivity apps available. I personally recommend you to mute notification rather than using an app because sometimes these apps prove a big reason for distraction.

9. Change Your Working Environment Frequently:

If you feel sleepy at your working place then it is the time to change that place. There may be a chance that a working environment that inspires you to work hard before may lose its effect after some time. If you do not feel productive on your working desk then switch to another place and you feel a new energy in yourself to complete your work.

10. NNN To-Do List Method:

I have listened about this method from a youtube video and it proved like a blessing to me. I started to complete more work as compared to the past. As per this method, we have to divide our work into three lists:
  • Now
  • Next 
  • Not yet
All essential and absolutely necessary tasks come under now list i.e. the tasks that can not be postponed. In the next list, you can put those tasks that are not so important but still important to finish after the tasks in the now lists. Lastly, not yet list includes those tasks that can be delayed for one day.

By making these lists of your work you can definitely complete your project on time without the feeling of laziness.

These are some tips that work for me to beat my habit of procrastination. I hope this will also work for you. You can also tell me about your experience of procrastination in the comment section. If you like this post then share it with your friends too so that they can also get help from it. 

Tada...


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12 comments:

  1. This is a really insightful article to help with procrastination. It can be very overwhelming when you procrastinate, and you’re left with a mound of things to do at the last minute. I find lists to be extremely helpful. And, reminders in my phone too!

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  2. I have a problem with procrastination too. But I'm trying to left that behind me. Thanks for the tips.

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  3. I feel procrastinating is the biggest stumbling block to success. Really thoughtful tips to get over this very harmful habit.

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  4. I procrastinate a fair bit. It’s so easy to get distracted! Thanks for these tips.

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  5. I always set deadline and also goals / checklist so I can track it. It's also nice to be organized.

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  6. haha this is a big one for me, these tips might actually help me out, thanks for sharing!

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  7. Those are some great tips, it's quite hard to get back once you've started procrastinating. I usually make a list and divide it to groups and do the hardest part first.

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  8. Procrastination can be such a REAL thing. In university, especially toward the very end when I was so close to graduating, I often felt the desire to procrastinate. Overcoming it can be difficult, but it's definitely a must.

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  9. If it's something around the house that needs done, that I just don't want to do, I'll pick up the phone. Talking allows me to get things done in no time at all. :)

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  10. I have always been a procrastinator! Ugh.... it has always been an issue for me personally since childhood when at school and I appreciate these tips as a few sound like they may work :)

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  11. This advice is super practical for everyday life and even for work. Especially your tip on tackling the most difficult project first! Thanks for creating this awesome post!

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  12. Tip number 4 is everything!! And I have been learning lately that I have to switch up my work environment often because I tend to get bored mentally of the same work space!!And I have never heard of the NNN to do lists! I am definitely going to start doing that!

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