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Procrastination & What to do about it!

Procrastination is a common challenge, but there are various strategies you can employ to overcome it. Here are some effective tactics we suggest to move past procrastination:

Set Clear Goals: Are you clear on your direction? If not, this can contribute to confusion, which can lead to procrastination. Clearly define your goals, breaking them down into smaller, manageable tasks.

Create a To-Do List: Make a daily or weekly to-do list with specific tasks. Prioritize tasks based on importance and deadlines. Establishing deadlines can help you complete each task because it can create a sense of urgency.

Use The Timer Technique: Set a timer for a specific period (e.g., 25 minutes, an hour, 3 hours) and fully focus on the task during that time. Take a short break after each timer session.

Break Tasks into Smaller Steps: Take your to-do list and divide large tasks into smaller, more achievable steps. Tackling smaller steps can make the overall task less overwhelming.

Eliminate Distractions: If you have trouble focusing at home, go to a coffee shop or an office space—anywhere that will allow you to focus on your tasks at hand. Consider using apps or tools that block distracting websites or notifications.

Set Realistic Deadlines: Establish realistic deadlines that allow for a balance between productivity and quality. Avoid setting overly ambitious timelines that may lead to stress and procrastination.

Reward Yourself: Create a system of rewards for completing tasks. Treat yourself to a break, a snack, or (if you're over 21) a Happy Hour with friends at the end of the week—an enjoyable activity after completing a task.

Seek Accountability: Share your goals and deadlines with a friend, colleague, or mentor. Having someone hold you accountable can increase your motivation.

Understand the Reasons for Procrastination: Reflect on the underlying reasons for your procrastination. Addressing the root causes, such as fear of failure or perfectionism, can help you overcome procrastination.

Start with the Most Unpleasant Task: Tackle the most challenging or least enjoyable task first. Once the most difficult task is completed, the rest may seem more manageable.

I love to use tools like notebooks and a whiteboard because I enjoy seeing the tasks I accomplish and crossing them out. It’s a reminder and motivator of the hard work I put in. Things can get overwhelming, so having tasks and duties laid out in front of me always helps keep me on track.

Remember that overcoming procrastination is a gradual process, and finding the strategies that work best for you may involve some trial and error. Consistency and self-compassion are key elements in developing effective habits that combat procrastination.


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