5 Clever Ways to Ward Off Procrastination

Can you believe this year is more than half over?  Where has the time gone.  If you are like me, you started this year with high expectations and goals – things that you were motivated to accomplish this year.

My question to you is:  How’s it going?  Have you moved closer to completing those tasks or have you been procrastinating? 

We all procrastinate from time to time, and the reasons can vary greatly.

Here are 5 tips to help you stop procrastinating and finish the year with a bang:

  1. Break Bigger Projects Down into Smaller Steps. One of the biggest reasons we procrastinate is because the project is so big it’s overwhelming.  Rather than tackle the whole project at once, break it down into simple tasks that are easy (or at least easier) to accomplish.  Once you finished that first step, you’ll feel like you are making progress and look forward to completing the next task.
  1. Develop a Deadline Within Your Deadline. Do you remember waiting until the day before a book report was due to even read the book?  And do you remember the stress it caused – not only for you but also for your parents and everyone else living in the house?  Having one deadline is just an invitation to procrastinate!  Instead, once you’ve broken your project down into smaller tasks, assign a deadline to each of them.  Work backwards from when the project is due and be realistic with your deadlines!
  1. Get an Accountability Partner. Nothing stops procrastination like having someone to keep you on track.  It really is amazing what happens when you have to report your progress to someone else and explain why you didn’t meet your promises.  Choose your accountability partner carefully – they need to be able to hold you to the fire to meet your goals and be willing to give assistance when you are stuck.
  1. Tell Others About Your Plans and Goals. A cheering section to spur you on to success goes a long way to squelching the procrastination bug.  Just make sure that those you tell will be supportive and not negative when it comes to your plans.
  1. Don’t Overcomplicate Things. This is my own biggest problem. Sometimes our procrastination is due to waiting for the perfect time or for the stars to align before we can work on the project.  Realize there is never a “perfect time” or “perfect circumstances.”  Start where you are.

When all else fails, to borrow a phrase from Nike and “Just Do It!”  Taking that first step toward your goal is monumental.  Once you’ve accomplished that, all the other things you need to do will fall in line and before you know it you’ll be done!

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