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Learn How To Stop Procrastination: From Immediate Fix To Long Term Productivity Boost!

Learn How To Stop Procrastination: From Immediate Fix To Long Term Productivity Boost!

Have you ever planned your weekend ahead but end up doing nothing? Have you ever rushed through your essays and submit your work just a few minutes before the deadline? Are you the type of person who study just 2 days before your finals and constantly giving yourself a heart attack?

Sounds familiar? If Yes, Congratulations! You can call yourself a Procrastinator! But don’t worry, you are not alone!We have all procrastinated at least once (or still doing it) in our lives.

Luckily, procrastination is not something that we can’t fight over, we just need to better understand the root cause of it and tackle it in the right way!

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Being Lazy means not much harm, isn’t it?

Procrastination doesn’t only making you less productive, it can harm your personal reputation too!

In order to have the motivation to counter procrastination, it’s better for you to know how it can easily destroy your life by ruining your personal reputation! Now we are getting serious here!

Discovering The Reasons Why You Procrastinate.

You Should Start By Identifying The Reasons Why You Procrastinate!

Procrastination is certainly more than just lazy. It involves many different reasons such as fear, stress or just simply being perfectionist! You need to understand the root cause in order to tackle it probably and efficiently!

Why we procrastinate so easily even we know it’s not the right thing to do at that moment?

Sometimes it’s not about the willpower that we need to tackle it, it’s about tackling something bigger than procrastination. You need to understand what stops you from doing what you need to!

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Do You Know There Are Different Types of Procrastinators?

Just as said above, procrastination is more than just lazy. By understand which type of procrastinator you are, you can find a better solution to beat this anti-productive monster!

How to Deal With Procrastination?

1.How About Starting by Spotting yourself procrastinate?

It’s easy for us to procrastinate without noticing it, so by understanding what signs that indicate that you start to procrastinate helps you put solutions into actions right away!

2.Counter Attack Your Procrastination Excuses!

Prepare for it! We all give ourselves different excuses to delay our work! Here we have a list of things you can say to yourself when you find reasons to stop doing your work!

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3.Some Immediate actions to stop procrastinations

Once we spot ourselves start to procrastinate, it’s best to put in action to stop it. Something like changing the environment might help you regain focus and concentration!

4.Procrastination is a cycle so break the loop!

You might find yourself repeating during the loop of procrastination. Not willing to do the work -> Find excuses to justify -> just stop doing anything -> panic attack about upcoming deadlines -> rush through your work and so-on. By understanding this pattern, it’s easier for you to find ways and know when exactly you need to break the cycle.

5. By developing the “2-minute rule” habit, you can easily fight over procrastination!

Once you start doing something, it’s easier to continue doing it. I love the 2–Minute Rule because it embraces the idea that all sorts of good things happen once you get started.

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6. If You have to procrastinate, at least do something that keeps the momentum going!

Do something simple when you really want to take a procrastiantion break! things like checking emails or start writing a list of things you need to do later can helps you relax your mind and at least keep the motivation going!

7. Use Apps like Trello that helps you better organise your time and projects

For people who tend to avoid their work,Trello provides a clear, easy-to-access space for depositing relevant information for getting things done. Once you become familiar with usingTrello, both to enter your to-do list items and to remind yourself of them, you’ll have a smoothly functioning system of recording your activities and plans.

8. Small habits that keep procrastination away!

Tackling procrastination is not a 1 time thing. It takes effort and time to take away this bad habit. Don’t rush it and start by practicing habits like setting time slots of breaks can help you get into the zone!

9. Tailor-made your own Anti- Procrastination Plan!

We are all different and we know what work best for us. Given there are lots of options provided above, you have to decide which option is more suitable for you! Feel free to mix them up and set up your own plan!

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

Featured photo credit: Luke Chesser via unsplash.com

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