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Procrastinate Later  01.03.2007


“I hate doing this; let me do something else instead which is far less important but more enjoyable and / or easier.”

Sound familiar? Procrastination is putting off to another time what you should be doing right now. It’s amazing what we will do to avoid doing what we should be doing. It is the biggest success killer!

Procrastination is merely a series of bad time habits and a lack of discipline. It takes time and determination to change habitual procrastination.

So what causes procrastination? It can be for many different reasons such as: too hard; too complex; not sure where to begin; fear of failure; lack of interest; perfectionism; lack of enjoyment; poor work environment and indecision.

So what should you do about it?
Interrupt your own pattern! What I mean is, when you feel yourself beginning to procrastinate do something completely different to help change your neural connections (mind patterns). As silly as this may sound it really does work! In extreme procrastination patterns, people might throw water into their own faces. If this happens every time you start procrastination, you won’t want to keep procrastinating will you.  Let’s have a look at a couple of examples of things you can do:

  • Break big tasks into small manageable ones
  • Reward yourself for completing tasks you don’t enjoy. If you don’t do it, don’t reward yourself! 
  • Create a deadline. Otherwise tasks will usually go on far longer than they need to. Tell others of your deadline. 
  • Create a distraction free environment 
  • Complete tasks (no matter how small) and cross them off your to do list. Each little win gives you momentum! 
  • Do the toughest, most unenjoyable tasks first. Play some uplifting music to create some positive associations in your mind to the work you need to do. 

Your challenge, if you wish to accept it, is to have a procrastination free week. If you feel yourself beginning to procrastinate at all you are going to interrupt the pattern. Have your most productive week ever! For things to change, you must change! And remember, even the top business people in the world procrastinate. They just do it after they have completed everything they needed to!


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