In my last article we looked at why people procrastinate. If you missed it you can read it here. Today, we are looking at ways to stop procrastinating.
We all know there is not a one size fits all solution but maybe you can find something in the list below (it is in no particular order) to help you move forward and work toward stopping your procrastination.
- Prepare a to-do list the night before so you know exactly what to start on and complete before your day even begins.
- Break a large scope item into smaller tasks so they are more manageable. Smaller tasks aren’t near as intimidating as the project as a whole.
- Managing your time better can help you produce more work in less time.
- Set realistic goals for the day or week and be flexible with your schedule because items will come up you did not account for.
- Work in an environment that is productive for you. Sitting at your desk instead of on the couch, removing distractions and setting deadlines are just a few ways to be more productive.
- Take a break (go for a short walk or get a drink or read a chapter in your favorite book). Removing yourself from the situation can change your perspective and get you back on track when you sit back down.
- Keep a positive attitude and don’t try to be perfect. Forgive yourself and move forward to keep your momentum going.
Procrastination is good in small amounts and some people perform better in certain last-minute situations. However, if you find yourself missing deadlines and struggling to get your to-do list done each day, try some of the items above.
If you can find ways to stop procrastinating so much, you will find your stress level decreases and you won’t feel like you are doing everything at the last minute.
Are you a procrastinator? Leave your best tips on how to work smarter and stop leaving things until you have to rush to get things done in the comments below.