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How to Win Over Procrastination

How to Win Over Procrastination


It doesn’t matter if you are a stay at home mom, work from home, or work for someone else because everyone struggles with procrastination at some time or another.

If you have found yourself putting off important tasks repeatedly, you’re not alone. In fact, procrastination is one of the main things that keep people from the successes they want to achieve.  That and fear of failure is the top two.

The key to controlling this destructive habit is to recognize when you begin procrastinating, understand why it happens, and take active steps to manage your time better. In a nutshell, you procrastinate when you put off things that you should be focusing on right now.

It’s crazy how something as simple as the sentence above can be so hard to get control of.  The good news is that once you master it you will feel free from what has held you back in all areas of your life!

Steps to Overcome Procrastination

Step 1: Recognize that you are Procrastinating

If you are honest with yourself, you probably know when you are procrastinating. Here are some useful indicators that will help you know when you are procrastinating:

  •  Filling your day with low priority tasks from your To Do List.
  •  Reading e-mails several times without starting work on them or deciding what you are going to do with them.
  •  Sitting down to start a high-priority task, and almost instantly going off to make a cup of coffee.
  • Leaving an item on your To Do list for a while, even though you know it is important.
  •  Regularly saying “Yes” to unimportant tasks that other people ask you to do, and filling your time with these rather than getting on with the important tasks already on your list.
  • You keep waiting for the “right mood” or the “right time” to tackle an important task.
  • Letting dishes stack up in the sink just because you want to finish a jigsaw puzzle.
  • Talking on the phone to friends for hours when you told yourself you would change all the bedsheets today.
  • Letting bills and paperwork in your home business pile up because they will still be there later.  There is no boss to “make you do it”.

Step 2: Adopt Anti-Procrastination Strategies

Procrastination is a habit – a deeply ingrained pattern of behavior. That means that you will not break it overnight. Habits only stop being habits when you have persistently stopped practicing them, so use as many approaches as possible to maximize your chances of beating procrastination.

Some tips will work better for some people than for others, and for some tasks than others. Sometime you may just need a fresh approach to beat procrastination.

These general tips will help motivate you to get moving:

  • Make up your own rewards. For instance, promise yourself a lunch date with a friend if you complete all your to-do list for an entire week. In addition, make sure you notice how good it feels to finish things!
  • Ask someone else to check up on you. Peer pressure works! This is the principle behind slimming and other self-help groups, and it is widely recognized as a highly effective approach to beating procrastination.
  • Identify the unpleasant consequences of NOT doing the task.  I know when I procrastinate certain tasks they build up and seem overwhelming.  Then it takes much more time to complete the task.

Remember: the longer you are able to spend without procrastinating, the greater your chances of breaking this destructive habit for good!

Tips for Staying Focused

Achievement not procrastinationSome might say it is because we do not have the necessary willpower to accomplish what we set out to do. Some say it is because we are too busy or too overwhelmed to take action on our resolution.

My guess is it could be any of those things, but it is more likely that you have just started down a path without your compass and you have started to lose your way.

Rather than rattling off a list of things, you “should” do for whatever reason, sit down and think about what it is you really want to achieve and set a solid intention for accomplishing your goal. I also suggest that you focus on only one or two intentions at a time.

No matter what it is that you would like to achieve, setting an intention can and will set you on a course for success.

Beating procrastination is the best thing a frugal person can do.  By keeping up with a task you save money and time.  Whatever areas you procrastinate in it’s time to make some better decisions. Getting important and necessary things done in a timely manner is a great feeling!




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