Procrastination Prevention

procrastinationIn today’s fast pace lifestyle what is said the most by everyone is that there is not enough hours in a day.  What come next are the whispers in your head saying “I will do it later,”  “I will do it tomorrow,”  ” I will do it next week.”

Procrastination happens when you put off a task because you really don’t want to do it, don’t know where to start or just takes too much of your time.  A lot of times we avoid tasks to feel temporary relief but what is actually happening is you are creating more stress.  The task you are putting off will linger in your awareness until it is completed.

There is no reason to create stress from prolonged procrastination when there are some simple tips you can implement to break you out of this horrible habit.

Face It Fearlessly

You can’t address a task unless you are aware of it.  The shear discomfort alone should be a signal you have problem to solve.  Being present in the moment without judging yourself.  Allow yourself to perceive the insight as a breakthrough not a breakdown.  This opportunity will give you a chance and change your thought process sparking resolution.

Take the First Step

When you start to look too far into the future any task or project can seem close to impossible. And so you shut down because you become overwhelmed.  Focus on taking the first step today that is all you need to focus on, nothing else. By taking the first step you change you mental state from resistant to positive which brings on the second step and third and so on.  Before you know it you are on your way to completing your task.

Create A List

Make yourself an old fashion To Do List, list everything from biggest to smallest then break up the biggest hardest task into smaller ones. Try to set time frames for every little task for example “walk the dog at 12:30” no just “walk the dog.”  You will find that small tweak makes a huge difference.  Continue to re-evaluate your list as you go, update your list accordingly and don’t look back at the small easy task that promote procrastination.

Just Make a Decision

As quoted by Theodore Roosevelt “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”  We feel bad when we sit on our hands and don’t take action because it’s unnatural. The natural thing is to be a decisive human and take action.  Taking the confident actions you want to take over and over again is what really builds your self confidence and a self-image of you being a confident person.

Finish the Task

An incomplete task can be very fatiguing and stressful.  Therefore always follow through even if you get off to a flying start, if you fail to finish or “close the deal,” all the hard work will be done in vain.  Everything you start does not always have to be completed however, using this as an excuse to quit something that feels hard or unfamiliar is not a good idea.  You must use your judgement and  how you feel will dictate you decision.


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