The action of delaying or postponing something.
“Your first tip is to avoid procrastination”
Procrastination is an easy way that all of us get stuck. And yet, we may not even realize we’re doing it. When we unknowingly act like an Avoider, we create reasons in our heads that supply us with enough logic that we can delay the task at hand. The results can be very negative for yourself, friends, family and your work.
Here are more tips to stop procrastinating…
- Remind yourself that there’s always more to be done than can be done. Then ask yourself if you’re getting the right things done.
- Make a smart to-do list by including only the items that you’re avoiding, not the ones you know you’ll do anyway. Then set deadlines and stick to them. And remember this quote from Confucius “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”
- Break the task down to lessen the sense of being overwhelmed. Once you start to enjoy an accomplishment or two, you’re more likely to keep going and finish.
- Eliminate temptation to do something else so you can concentrate fully on the matter at hand.
- Bargain with yourself. If you finish the business plan now, you can go treat yourself to something you love and enjoy.
- Focus on the success you will achieve and the joy you will feel and a clear , guilt free mind.
- Come up with a consequence that will deter you from avoiding the task. If you don’t make dinner at home twice a week, you can’t go out on the weekend.
- Ask someone to help you complete the task, accept that letting someone help you isn’t weak: it comes from a place of strength. Let someone in today. Let someone help you.
- Make your intentions public. This will add pressure, but for some of us, avoiding embarrassment is the mightiest motivator.