Let’s be honest, those of you who don’t have a problem with procrastination probably think that this issue is lame. But I can assure you, it’s a very real situation. Procrastination got me through college. I always worked best under pressure. But at some point, you decide it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Here are four tips to help you change your ways…
Stop beating yourself up: 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’ve still got 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 next time.
Schedule breaks: If you’re staring down the barrel of a two-hour project, you’ll never finish it if you don’t begin. Knock out the first hour and then go grab a coffee. Between stretching your legs and caffeinating yourself, you’ll be in better spirits when your break is over and your two-hour project will already be half done.
Take it one draft at a time: 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 take a break and eat a sandwich. It’s a lot easier to tweak something that’s mostly done than it is to make it perfect in one sitting.
Treat-yo-self: 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, treat-yo-self with something nice and that might be all the motivation you need to not procrastinate every time you have undesirable work ahead.