Procrastination Slowing You Down? 5 Tips to Find Time!

Procrastination Slowing You Down

Does procrastination sap your energy and slow you down?

Procrastination is a huge time, energy and confidence thief.

The habit of putting things off creates a vicious cycle that feeds on itself and fosters a spiral of negativity and discouragement.

It can be difficult to do things we don’t want to do. But procrastination doesn’t solve that problem – it just puts it off. The task always waits for you.

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James

So how can you stop choosing to put things off and start getting them done instead?

Tips to Stop Procrastination in Its Tracks:

1. Use your schedule, not your to-do list. For tasks that you are putting off, it is important to get concrete.

So make an appointment in your calendar for the day and time you’re going to work on the task. This is far more effective than perpetually moving the task from one day’s to-do list to the next!

2. Make it as easy to get started as you can. A lengthy task that you’ve been avoiding can be very difficult to start. So shift your thinking just a bit.

Tell yourself, “I’m going to work on this for 10 minutes.” That’s doable enough that you should be able to sit down and get busy. And interestingly, once you get started, you’ll probably spend more than 10 minutes on your task. Getting started is the tough part.

3. Break the task into smaller parts. Larger tasks can easily feel overwhelming.

When you divide your task into more manageable parts, you are immediately taking a different kind of ownership of it. Both because of the smaller size of the tasks AND because of your fuller engagement, it becomes psychologically easier to tackle the project.

And it’s really true – it’s easier to do 10 small things than one big thing – try it!

Two more tips…

4. Identify the most dreaded part. Often there’s a small part of the task that is holding you back.

Once you identify it, there are a couple of possibilities. Naming it may help you to see that what you dread isn’t really that bad – so you’ll be able to move forward and do it.

Another option would be to outsource that task. If it’s possible to get someone else to take care of that part of the task for you, you can then move ahead with the rest of it.

5. Reward yourself! Give yourself a reward for completing each step of the task. Whether it’s getting started, doing the dreaded part, or completing the smaller steps that you’ve broken the task into, validating your efforts is important.  It doesn’t have to be anything big, but acknowledging your efforts builds self-trust and also makes the whole process more fun!

Imagine your life without the stress that procrastination creates. Unfinished tasks have a profound effect on your sense of well-being and peace of mind. Living like that isn’t necessary, and it’s a change that you can make – that’s the really good news! And here’s more good news.

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