Ways to overcome procrastination

Ways to overcome procrastination
Written By: Counselling Psychologist
M.Sc. Psychology - Swansea University, UK.
Reviewed By: Counselling Psychologist
MA Psychology Pennsylvania State University, USA
Last Updated: 23-03-2023

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Are you in an action of delaying or postponing something you -which often lands you in trouble? Ever tried to address the real reasons you do postpone things - Maybe we don't. This state of postponing things is called procrastination.

Procrastination is a challenge that we have all faced at one point or another. We've been struggling with delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on issues that matter to us for as long as humans have been around. Procrastination is one of the main barriers blocking us from getting up, making the right decisions, and living the dream life you've thought of.

Sometimes all of our opportunities seem to be at our fingertips, but we don't seem to be able to reach them as we procrastinate, we waste time that could be utilized for something useful. If we can overcome this fierce enemy, we will be able to do more and make better use of the potential that life has to offer us.

Usually, procrastination has no drastic consequences even though it might be difficult to complete the original task in a shorter period. However, procrastination can have a serious impact on later life if repeated constantly.

When procrastination makes your life harder, then there are certain ways to handle it. Start with simple tips:

Identify you’re procrastinating
There’s a possibility you may be putting off a task because you've had to re-prioritize your workload. If for a really good reason, you are briefly delaying an important task, then you are not necessarily procrastinating. However, if you start putting things off indefinitely, or switch the focus because you want to avoid doing something, then you are probably.

Organize your time
Organizing your time is one of the most important things you can do to prevent procrastination. Bought a calendar or day planner and devoted time to whatever task is at hand in it. Don't forget you will complete it once an item is on your calendar. Writing down and walking away won't work. You have to work with the plan for better results.

Analyze yourself
Allocate some time to you this will help guide you through your own self - with the time allocated to you! You can focus on long-term planning and the overall retrospective of your personal growth. This will make you wonder how far you've moved forward recently also helps you with the direction you'd like to take in life and to think about what you can improve even further.

Stop being distracted
When were trying to avoid something, distractions are usually our first go-to. Do what you can to limit distractions in your area by turning off your TV, putting your phone down, or working in a quiet place. Let your friends and family members know that you're dedicating a certain amount of time to a task, and politely ask them to wait until you're done.

Promise yourself a reward
If you complete a difficult task on time, reward yourself with a treat, such as a slice of cake or a coffee from your favourite coffee shop. And make sure you notice how good it feels to finish things!

If all of these tips aren’t helping you to get rid of your procrastinating behaviour. You can reach out to the services, available through HopeQure, to find a professional who can work with you, can help you understand your thinking and behaviour patterns when it comes to procrastination, and give you personalized advice to overcome it.

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