Recently the subject of procrastination has come up a lot in my coaching. I’ve done some
research and come across some key tips that can help and support some of the struggles with have
with procrastination, myself included.
Procrastination, it is a feeling that most of us can relate to from time to time. You have lots to do,
but you would rather do anything else than the task at hand. But why do we procrastinate? Is it a
case of being lazy? And how can we stop avoiding what needs to be done?
Even though we recognise it and rationally understand we should do something. But what and how to start?
5 tips on how to avoid procrastination
If you sometimes struggle with procrastination, the tips below can help you make progress and stay
on task. Remember, sometimes, being aware of the problem can help you take steps to overcome
1. Set small goals
Often, the thought of completing one large task can seem overwhelming. Getting from the
beginning to end can seem an impossible. However, breaking such tasks down into much
smaller steps can be useful.
Having a list of small and achievable goals can help you tackle each one in turn, meaning that you
make gradual progress towards completion.
For those familiar with the principles and processes of project management can help you
with setting these small goals.
2. Organise your tasks
This point feeds into the one above. Having a detailed timeline and deadlines for when you will
complete each of your small goals can keep you motivated to reach your main goals.
As well as setting daily goals, you can also have weekly and monthly aims that all tie into them. This gives you the urgency to act and make progress in your work, whether it’s course work or a focusing on your business and even your personal and home. Try using a planner and scheduler to help here.
3. Focus your attention
Another way to overcome procrastination is to focus on some of the easier tasks you must finish.
Hopefully, by setting small goals and organising your tasks, you will be able to identify those that are easy to finish.
By doing this, you will start to build your confidence and gain some momentum. Giving yourself a
purposeful focus can help you tackle one small task at a time.
4. Remove distractions
Your environment may not be helping with your procrastination. Distractions can easily derail your progress, whether it’s having your phone next to you on your desk or having the TV on in the background or playing that game on your computer or phone. These distractions can add to your stress levels and increase procrastination.
5. Forgive yourself
It can be easy to punish yourself for procrastinating. You may tell yourself that you are being lazy or
unproductive. Picking on yourself in this way only serves to make you feel more frustrated
and anxious and doesn’t add to getting things done. By being mindful of your situation, you can develop self-compassion and forgiveness. Not only can being kind to yourself reduce procrastination itself, but it can also reduce some of the negative effects of procrastinating.
I am hopeful you will find these helpful, and remind yourself you have already started using some of
these tips. If you’d like to know more about my coaching and seeking help in overcoming your procrastination, please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
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