Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Five Easy Ways To Beat Procrastination

Hands up, I am a serial procrastinator. I will do anything other than getting on with the task. Last-minute, the panic sets in and I wish I had just stopped procrastinating and just got on with it. Does that sound familiar? If so, I have come up with five easy ways to beat procrastination. 

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“Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things.”– Gene Hayden

Procrastination usually involves ignoring an unpleasant, but unusually a more important task. Instead, choosing to do something that is more enjoyable or easier. 

The odd bit of procrastination will arguably do us no harm. Long term it can make us feel guilty or ashamed. Procrastination can lead to reduced productivity and result in us failing to achieve our goals.

1. Find out why you are procrastinating 

Is the task too hard to too easy? Maybe it just isn't something that you find interesting. 

Once you establish why you are procrastinating over a certain task, it will make it easier to overcome the hurdle and get the task in hand done. 

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2. Break down larger tasks 

If the reason you are procrastinating is that the task appears too overwhelmingly large, look at how you can break it down. 

Divide your tasks into small tasks and give yourself deadlines for fulfilling each of them. 

You may also find by breaking down tasks, it boosts your motivation to get it done! I wrote a post about 15 super simple ways to feel more motivated and just get stuff done, you might enjoy. 

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3. Minimise distractions

I say minimise distractions, as I am sitting binge-watching This Is Us on Amazon Prime. Don't do a me!

Pause that episode, close the browser tabs and put your phone on silent. If you are still tempted to check the internet, you can always turn it off completely. Once you have completed your task, you can check your social feeds as a reward.

4. Allow yourself 'Procrastination time' in your day 

If you know you like taking the time to tidy your desk or get ready for certain tasks, then set a timer for it. 

Just make sure you don't feel guilty for this allocated time. 

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5. Celebrate your wins

Give yourself something to look forward to! You should celebrate your victories no matter how big or small. It might seem trivial, but it actually keeps you motivated. 

Small rewards will also help you to get better at not procrastinating.

How do you deal with procrastination?

Lots of love, 
Helen x

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  1. Defeat distractions, defeat distractions, defeat distractions.... and defeat procrastination... Until the next cup of coffee... and biscuit... and ok, I will just use a type writer, disconnect the internet and put the fridge in the street.

    1. Hahah!! Yes, it feels like that is the only way to beat procrastination sometimes, doesn't it!!

  2. Hello there Helen,
    I am so inspired by your advises and I think your blog is beautiful. So I nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award. You can find the nomination in my post: https://ricatography101.wordpress.com/2020/11/01/sunshine-blogger-award/

    1. Aww thank you so much!! That is so kind!!


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