Do you always leave work that needs to be done ’til the last minute? Are you tired of stressing yourself out unnecessarily because you tend to put off important tasks and let the to-do list grow into an overwhelming mess? Here are 5 tips that can help you stop procrastinating.

Just start

The best (and simplest) way to beat procrastination is to just start. Procrastinating can take the form of any activity you do to avoid getting started on the task you actually need to complete, so starting on your task and giving it your focus from the get go can quickly get you into a flow, and completing it won’t feel like a distant concept.

Set your own deadlines

If a deadline has been set far enough away that you feel comfortable procrastinating a project, then try setting your own, tighter deadlines. You can break up the task into smaller sections and set yourself a deadline for each one. You can incentivise meeting these new deadlines you’ve created for yourself by promising a reward after each one, such as a Netflix break or a dip in the pool.

No distractions allowed

Whether it’s social media, funny YouTube videos, a messy workplace or any other thing that catches and keeps your attention away from the work you have to do, get rid of it and be strict with yourself when you do. For example, if you’ve set your phone to silent but you still find yourself checking it every two seconds, switch it off and put it in another room. Don’t allow distractions to tempt you by keeping them as far away from you as possible.

Don’t confuse planning with doing

Thinking about or even planning what you’ll do is great, but be careful not to get caught up in this stage and never move onto the actual doing. Creating your fifth to-do list may make you feel satisfied as if you’ve accomplished something, but doing this excessively can waste your precious time and make you procrastinate even more.

Keep it simple

Procrastination is often the result of overthinking a task, which can make you feel so overwhelmed that you want to avoid it. Simplify your work process by getting back to basics, setting small, achievable tasks along the way and not worrying about bridges until it’s time to cross them.

Beating procrastination is easier said than done, and often, the reasons why we procrastinate tend to be deeper and link to our self-esteem and trust in our abilities. Remember that you are capable of completing your work, and you don’t need to give yourself a hard time by putting off important tasks. You owe it to yourself to stop procrastinating and put your brilliant mind and amazing talents to good use.

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