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How to Stop Procrastinating

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How To Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination can be very destructive. Procrastination can cause damage to your relationships, career, and ability to reach your goals.

Procrastination is the thief of time, collar him.

Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

Imagine the following: It’s 4 p.m. and you have work to complete by 5 p.m. However, you haven’t completed any of the work so you are stuck trying to finish a 4-hour project within an hour.

What happens next?

Several things could go wrong:

  • Working outside the home can lead to you staying in the office and limiting your time with your family.
  • Don’t lose a client if you don’t complete the job.
  • You don’t finish the work. This results in you being late for work the next day and feeling overwhelmed.
  • You bring work home and take time from your family or your personal time.

Overwhelm and stress are bad for your mind and body. Often, the work you do is not the quality you would expect.

This is a serious problem and can quickly spiral out of control.

What can you do?

These are just a few suggestions that might help.

Begin with the most enjoyable task first

You can find some motivation to get moving if you procrastinate because you don’t like this type of work. It can be hard to motivate yourself to do the work you hate. However, if we put it at the end of a task or project that we love doing, it can help us approach it with a more positive outlook.

Make the Work Fun

Procrastination can be caused by boredom. You’d rather do something else. The simple solution to this problem is to make work more fun or less interesting.

It could even be a game. You could set a timer to see how many can be completed before the timer goes off.

You might be able to reward yourself for your efforts. You get a snack for every five phone calls. You get one level of a videogame for every record you enter in the database each month. Don’t let the reward distract you from the actual work.

Increase your energy level

We are more likely to procrastinate if we are tired. Willpower and efforts to motivate yourself require that you use energy. If we start with low energy levels, we can become distracted and have an excuse not to do the work.

You can improve your energy levels by getting better sleep and eating foods rich in nutrients that will give you long-lasting energy.

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