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Why do we procrastinate
Many of us, if not all of us, struggle with procrastination at some point in our lives. And there are a lot of reasons for that. You may…
- not know where to start or how to do it
- feel anxious about the task
- dread how long it takes to do the task
- tell yourself you have more than enough time to finish it
- simply don’t want to deal with the task
Found yourself in one of those things? It might seem difficult to overcome procrastination under those pretexts, but there are ways to get out of it.
But first, you have to be aware that you are procrastinating. If you keep putting something off, tend to prioritize the easier to-dos, or can’t focus on the tasks, then you might be procrastinating.
Overcoming procrastination depends on our mindset shift and the steps we take. And here are some tips to move past procrastination (that works for me!):
Don’t let perfectionism hold you back. One of the main reasons you can’t do something immediately is because you want something to instantly turn out fine or perfect. But nothing’s perfect, and nothing will turn out instantly fine unless you start to do it. Mistakes happen and be ok with it!
If you don’t know how to start or do something, tell yourself, “so let’s go find out how to do it!” or “let’s ask for help!” This spring can spring you to action. And for this to work, you should have an end goal in mind. Have the just-do-it attitude.
Remind yourself that you have to go through that learning curve when you find it difficult to do the task. Eventually, you will figure it out and find easy ways to do it when you keep pushing. (Check out what is the best decluttering program for you?)
Think of all the consequences when you leave things to the last minute. If you rush things to the last minute, you make mistakes and waste more time.
Break down the tasks to make it easier to accomplish them.
And lastly, be easy on yourself. Rather than beating yourself up for procrastinating, motivate yourself instead to find other ways around the situation.
Need more help? Reach out to me and find out effective steps to end the cycle of procrastination!