If you’re not a procrastinator, you probably think suffering from procrastination is pretty lame. But I can assure you, it’s a real situation. Procrastination got me through college. I always worked best under pressure. But at some point, you do have to turn over a new leaf. Here are three tips to help you change your ways…
Go easy on yourself: The worst part about procrastinating is how you stress yourself out by repeatedly thinking about the fact that you’re procrastinating. The key here is to stop thinking about the fact that you still have work to do and just do the work. There’s no point fretting about it, just take a deep breath and get it done. Hopefully this will convince you to scratch things off your list earlier in the future.
Make a first draft: Sometimes we get buried under the idea of completing a task perfectly. If it’s something that’s going to take a lot of time, make an outline or complete a first draft and then do something else or take a break and stretch your legs. It’s easier to tweak something that’s mostly done than it is to make it perfect in one sitting.
Reward yourself: Sometimes completing a project just means it’s time to start the next one. That can be depressing. Next time you have to tackle a tough project, reward yourself with a treat of some sort and that might be all the motivation you need to not procrastinate every time you have undesirable work ahead.