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No-Nonsense Ways to Overcome Procrastination

 

What brought you here today? Are you feeling held back and are interested in how to overcome procrastination? Are you reading this post to procrastinate on something?

 

Procrastination is as old as mankind. Everyone has been procrastinating something, and having a lazy day in itself is not the issue. However, it can become a severe issue for some if it is in the way of progressing towards our goals.

 

As William James once said, “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task.” I certainly can relate to the bad feeling of procrastinating important tasks.

 

So why are we doing it?

 

I asked my friends and colleagues in business, and the reasons seem to be always the same. We procrastinate because: things we are not good at and/or don’t feel confident with, we cannot manage distraction, we don’t have the mental capacity, something is more important, and so on.

 

Often I also hear from my own team that they perform better under pressure. That might be true but I would argue that the quality of what we do suffers and it causes stress. So is it really worth it?

 

I am certainly not immune to procrastination, but I am also quite good at getting over it. Therefore, I am sharing my top tips on how to overcome procrastination in this post.

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3 No-Nonsense Ways On How to Overcome Procrastination

 

1. Get In the Zone - Manage Distraction

Distractions can come in many different forms such as the TV, family, and noise. So you need to find a way to get in the zone to complete the unwanted tasks as quickly as possible. It might take a while to figure out what works for you, but it is definitely worth exploring.

 

Personally, distraction is my biggest issue leading to procrastination. It is my phone more specifically. I find myself scrolling my socials every few minutes, just to get a quick break from what I am actually doing. And this is a difficult one to handle as we treat our phones as an extension of ourselves.

 

As I am writing this post I am actually on a plane to Miami. There is no internet and no social media. Surprisingly, I feel less distracted and more focused. And writing these lines is almost bliss.

 

2. Control the Pressure - Impose a Deadline for Yourself

As long as there is not an immediate effect on our lifes, we tend to push tasks away.

 

Therefore, many people work best under pressure. So break down the unloved task and create smaller, more manageable work packages with personal deadlines.

 

Is this so unrealistic? I think it is not. If you have complex tasks to manage, there are many things that can go wrong. And if your deadline is tomorrow, there is no way of resolving the issues. Especially, work professionals, such as your boss, will be less than impressed if you bring excuses which are based on procrastination.

 

If tasks are broken down, often the subtasks don’t take much time. And with the right amount of pressure they are done in a heartbeat actually.

 

3. Keep Your Eyes on the Prize - Prioritise Long-Term Over Short-Term Gains

Procrastination focuses on short-term gains by avoiding tasks that you don't enjoy. However, at the same time, these tasks are of importance to your long-term success. A good example is developing skills we need to be promoted in the future.

 

You need to have a vision for your future to find the motivation in the now.

 

Is there a big goal you have in mind? Write it down, add a deadline to it and then break down the substeps and the according deadlines you need to arrive at the goal. Put the plan somewhere visible and remind yourself. It will help you to hold yourself accountable to overcome procrastination.

 

I am certainly not immune to procrastination, but I am also quite good at getting over it. Therefore, I am sharing my top tips on how to overcome procrastination in this post.

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