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Breaking the Procrastination Habit

Apr 2, 2008
Procrastination is a common issue that if gone unchecked can create for you a situation of constant dread and playing catch up. It sounds easy enough to quit. Just don't put the work off if you are able to do it now. Unfortunately it is not that easy but understanding why we do it and a few pointers will have you on your way to overcoming procrastination.

Understand why you procrastinate. Self doubt and fear are the biggest reasons. You worry the results might not be good enough or your work may be rejected. Big deal. You get even less points for incompletion. Fear of imperfection is not noble; it is a cop out, so just get to work!

A positive attitude is essential to avoiding procrastination. Saying you hate a certain task or dwelling on the amount of time it will take to finish it will only make it even less appealing to you and encourage you to put it aside for another time. Plan to enjoy a favorite, not often enjoyed, snack as you begin a dreaded task. Give yourself something to look forward to rather than avoid.

A good organized place to work is easy to come by and has a huge positive effect on your productivity and attitude. When you're focused and feeling good it will be easier to attack those pesky tasks that you might otherwise set aside.

Beware the time wasters. If you like to play Tai Pai, schedule it at your break time. Schedule time to read and manage your email and surf for research and news. If left unchecked, these things could eat hours of your day.

Big projects cause anxiety and procrastination. Small projects are easy to tackle and get finished quickly leaving us with a sense of accomplishment. So break those big projects down into a series of smaller ones that are more manageable and keep you excited as they are completed.

Work with a buddy. A like minded person with similar goals cheering you on and vice versa will go a long way toward keeping you both on track to success.

The temptation to procrastination will not disappear over night, but with the right attitude and tools to overcome it, you are on your way to increased production and success.
About the Author
The Author, Elliott Roberts, writes for Becomng, a Personal Development blog that covers issues from software to meditation. Read more Overcoming Procrastination articles here.
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