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Practical Tips to Stop Procrastination

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Hey guys,

Are you struggling to overcome the chronic procrastination habit? Just apply these tips and you will boost your levels of productivity… I guarantee!

There is a massive pile of work waiting for you… Instead of working, you are busy having a good time on various social media platforms. You plan to work on the tasks later despite the looming deadline. This is a situation that most of us find ourselves in, human beings are very good at procrastination.

While a little bit of procrastination is not that bad, there are levels when it is considered extremely harmful. Constant procrastination can have a direct impact on the quality of your life. In most cases, you will find yourself working under duress with the aim of beating the deadlines. If you are a serial procrastinator, working during odd hours may be part and parcel of your life. This is because you will always try to compensate for the lost time.

So, how do you cure procrastination? Here are some powerful tips that you can use to stop procrastination

1, Break your work into small manageable tasks

The decision to postpone a task is mainly made by the subconscious part of the brain. It will assume that a task is too big and you won’t be able to handle it easily. This will motivate you to postpone it. The best remedy to this problem is dividing your main task into smaller chunks. From there, try to focus on one task at a time. If a task still seems to be big, do not be afraid to break it further. At the end of it, you will be able to accomplish something that you perceived as impossible.

2, Tweak your working environment

Your working space can contribute to your chronic procrastination habit. Certain aspects of the office or room can demotivate you from focusing on your work. A poorly-lit room won’t motivate you to get down into your work. You should consider changing various aspects of your working space. This can include adding innovative interior design features or getting better furniture.

3, Create small timelines for every task

One broad deadline can be very misleading and is a perfect recipe for procrastination. After breaking down the work into small chunks, give each chunk it’s deadline. It is from these small deadlines that you will create one major deadline. Your small deadlines should be robust in a way that you will be pressurized to work within them. Failing to meet one small deadline should throw the rest of the tasks into chaos.

4, Don’t be too hard on yourself

Don’t punish yourself for being a perennial procrastinator. Being too hard on yourself will make you stressed up. It will be impossible to deliver quality work when your mind is not at peace. The guilt of postponing several tasks will drain the little energy that you may be having. The zeal to work will be replaced with negative energy.

5, Eliminate the distractions

While in the process of working, you keep checking for the latest updates on Facebook or refresh your browser for new emails after a few minutes. In fact, these websites are just a click away. One way of curing procrastination is by getting rid of these little pit-stops. They keep eating into your working hours and push you to postpone some tasks. The best solution to this issue is making the distractions inaccessible. You can use some software that will block you from accessing social media sites during certain hours. Although this is one of the most difficult moves to take, the results are quite rewarding.

6, Share your goals with others

External forces can keep you in check and prevent you from postponing crucial tasks. Tell your friends and family members about the projects that you are working on. By doing so, you will be inviting external pressure. They will keep asking about how you are progressing with the project. To avoid such questions, you will try to stay focused and complete the tasks within a stipulated timeline.

7, Get a mentor

Apart from the pressure, you can also seek for external motivation. Find someone who has succeeded on a similar project and study how they managed to do so. learn their working habits then try to implement them. You will realize that your goals are achievable and with this mind-set, you will remain focused on the tasks at hand. Spend your time with people who inspire you to work hard. Whether it is friends or colleagues, choose your company wisely. Avoid staying with people who are always pushing you to postpone your crucial tasks.

8, Self-motivation

Do not sit back and wait for other people to motivate you. You can be your own source of motivation. before starting a task, have a pep talk that will keep you energised. say things such as, “I am going to achieve this”,  and many other affirmative statements. Self-motivation can play a crucial role in helping you to stay focused and avoid procrastination.

Out for now guys

Captain Ketch

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