If you're a chronic procrastinator, you know the pain and stress that comes with putting things off. Although you may have the desire to accomplish something, getting the motivation to do it is a different matter. Fortunately, overcoming your procrastination is easy to do when you put your mind to it.
Here are few ways that can help you:
1 Remind yourself that there’s always more to be done than can be done. Then ask yourself if you’re getting the right things done. 2 Make a smart to-do list by including only the items that you’re avoiding, not the ones you know you’ll do anyway. Then set deadlines. 3 Break the task down to lessen the sense of being overwhelmed. Once you start to enjoy a small accomplishment or two, you’re more likely to finish. 4 Eliminate temptation to do something else (if your Siren song is the computer, see" Tuning out digital distractions" below). 5 Bargain with yourself. If you finish the business plan now, you can go to the movies later. 6 Focus on the success you will achieve and the joy you will feel. 7 Come up with a consequence that will deter you from avoiding the task. If you don’t exercise two times a week, you have to give up talking on the phone with your friends. 8 Ask someone to help you complete the task. 9 Make your intentions public. This will add pressure, but for some of us, avoiding embarrassment is the mightiest motivator.
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