How to stop procrastinating

Hey readers,

Sometimes I am guilty of procrastinating – where I want to put off things and makeup all the excuses under the sun just simple in order to not do the task. There may be many reasons why people procrastinate and it his hard work to change that mindset. So, here is some of my tips that have helped me to get in touch with motivation and get stuff done.

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Write it down.

Sometimes, I have so many things I want to do that I simply get overwhelmed and don’t know what to do. Therefore, I have always found it good to start with writing down all the things I need to do. Then put them in order of importance and follow that list accordingly. It doesn’t matter if I don’t do all the things on the list, it is the starting of the tasks that are important. Once I have achieved this I can feel less dread and more inclination to carry on the next day and so on.

Smaller goals.

If you have one big goal a way to move forward is to break it down into more measurable chunks. Small steps lead to big things and knowing you have reached levels can spur you on to the end. Rather then simply seeing something big it can be better than to visualise and be inspired to get going on it.

Timetable.

Have a timetable that is split up into smaller times. For example, don’t just think about doing all the work in a three-hour block but maybe do one hour in the morning, one hour in the afternoon and one in the evening so it is broken up giving you that break. It is actually better to do work in smaller chunks throughout the day as your concentration will be better and then in turn production will be much better quality.

Environment.

Sometimes, I go and change my environment to give me that fresh scenery to work in. I have worked in the library and been much more productive because of the people around and got more done when there are fewer distractions at home.

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Buddy up.

working with someone else can be a real motivator as they kick you up the bum to get work done or the social pressure is much stronger there for willing to do the work rather than doing on your own and you use all the excuses inside your head. At least with someone else they can encourage you to do the work and challenge you if you are feeling like you have an excuse to step away from it.

Reward.

We all know rewards can be a great way of achieving a goal because it gives that incentive to do that work. So, maybe have a reward chart that you can treat yourself to something small such as a hot chocolate or an episode of your favorite programme.

What kind of thing helps you get out of procrastinating?

Cheers for reading X

 

38 thoughts on “How to stop procrastinating

  1. Oh this speaks to me right between the eyes. I always say I work better under stress but the reality is I don’t have a choice because I put so much off. Time to follow your advice. #anythinggoes

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  2. Great tips. Writing stuff down really helps me. I’m a bit of a list maker, and for some reason just seeing it written down in front of me helps me organize my thoughts, motivate myself and get on with what needs doing. #MMBC

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  3. these are some good tips. Procrastination isn’t always a bad thing though. Sometimes, the best ideas germinate during periods of procrastination. For some people procrastination is an important part of the thinking process. Thanks for your tips though. I always love a good to do list. Pen x #AnythingGoes

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  4. I swear by a list and being kind to myself! It doesn’t matter if you don’t get stuff done off it but agree the starting is so important! I should send this to my mum I’m forever getting annoyed about her lack of doing! She often looks at what I’ve got done and feels sad that she just sat around procrastinating all afternoon!! ‪Thank you for linking up to the #familyfunlinky‬

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  5. I’m a real procrastinator at times and for me I live by diaries. If I know I have something to do I commit it immediately to a specific day or time in my diary and then I’m quite disciplined in following my diary to the letter. If it’s in that day then I have to get it done. I agree that buddying up is also so good for giving me a much needed kick up the bum at times. Thanks for linking up to #DreamTeam x

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  6. I do find that setting myself goals helps me to keep going. Occasionally I go and work in our local coffee shop, like you said a change of scenery is good now and then.
    #FamilyFun

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  7. It can get overwhelming when you have a lot to do. I’ve taken to putting things in my calendar with an alert and this prompts me into doing it. It’s also nice to have things scheduled in. I also try to think about how good I’ll feel when I’ve got the things done I’ve not been looking forward to. Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales

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