8 Steps to Help Fight Procrastination

  1. Maintain a positive attitude about life.  Accept the fact that life can be difficult and problems are inevitable.  Your life then will seem easier because you’re less apt to worry or waste energy complaining about how life “should” be.
  2. Define the problem.  You can’t solve a problem until you fully understand it and why you might be avoiding it.  Often we exaggerate problems and find it hard to accept that they aren’t as difficult as they seem.  If you feel burned out from “fighting the same battles,” maybe your weapons aren’t adequate or you’re battling “symptoms”” of problems and not “causes.”  Once your realistically define your problem, the options become clearer and solving them, easier.
  3. When life gets difficult, simplify.  Break a large project into smaller, more manageable tasks.  This way you won’t feel overwhelmed and can enjoy a sense of progress as you accomplish each task.
  4. Reduce stress when possible.  Under stress, we often delay creating or implementing simple ideas because anxiety turns them into bigger problems and major projects.  This is where good organizational skills come in handy.  Organize projects according to priority and in some cases you can tackle the smaller tasks first.
  5. Create a nurturing environment.  In what kind of environment do you work best?  Do you like bright room, quiet music or being surrounded by others?  If you’re in a comfortable, positive environment that encourages productivity, you’re more apt to enjoy working.
  6. Control interruptions.  Interruptions are part of our lives.  HOwever, if you embark on a particularly tough problem-solving session, eliminate or at least reduce interruptions.  Otherwise, you will continue to combat the “start-stop” syndrome.  A rich source of deceptive procrastinations, interruptions provide opportunities for escape and cause us to stop.
  7. Allot adequate time for tasks.  If a task realistically requires an hour to complete, don’t play to do it in just 20 minutes.  If you don’t allow yourself enough time to correctly complete a job, you’ll feel rushed and the quality of your work may pay the price.  You could defeat yourself from the start.
  8. Act.  We all procrastinate to some extent.  However, the above steps make it easier to solve the problems of procrastination.  Prehaps, the decision-makers we procrastinators admire most are people with the skills and confidence to work through problems.  You, too, can be a decision-maker and manage the stress in your life by controlling procrastination.

Adapted from the Kay Simpson Newsletter

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