Ways to overcome procrastination
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10 Surefire Ways to Overcome Procrastination

Ways to overcome procrastination
There are many ways to overcome procrastination

Procrastination has been the thief of time and productivity for millenium.

I recently wrote about the reasons why we procrastinate.

Once we have a clear understanding of why we procrastinate we can take steps to become more overcome and guard against it.

The benefits of overcoming procrastination are clear.

It reduces stress and anxiety and enables us to create more time through greater productivity.

Having more time enables us to spend it on things that matter like quality time with our children, our partner and time to ourselves.

Here are 9 surefire methods to help overcome procrastination:

  • Ask for help – one of the key contributors to procrastination is fear of failure and/or not knowing how to do something. Rather than sitting on a task we are unsure of, we can seek help, advice and reassurance from a colleague, a forum or a group. Gaining guidance and advice can help overcome this road block so we can move forward.
  • Start with the least appealing task first – how often do we keep bumping the less appealing tasks to the bottom of our to do list as we move through the day? This contributes to rising anxiety and worry levels as the day progresses because we haven’t completed the one task we must do. Through developing the habit of tackling our least desirable tasks first at the start of the day, this clears the way for us to be more productive without the worry at the back of our mind.
  • One thing at a time – it is well documented that multi-tasking is not productive and this is certainly something that can enable procrastination to creep in. By focusing in on one task at a time we can ensure we complete the task we should be focusing on.
  • Break down tasks – through breaking down tasks into manageable bite size chunks we can reduce the feeling of enormity and overwhelm. Sounds simple but how often do we do this when faced with a complex and large task?
  • Reward ourselves – there is nothing more motivating than a reward for completing a given task. Rewards can be simple things like a special hot drink, treating ourselves to a cake or doing something special out of work. There are lots of ways in which we can reward ourselves and they don’t necessarily have to cost money.
  • Minimise distractions – turn the phone on silent, pause your inbox and close the door. Distractions are the enemy of productivity and a key contributor to aiding and abetting procrastination. Through taking steps to eliminate them we enable ourselves to focus on the task in hand.
  • Mix it up – boredom and monotony are the scourges of procrastination. Through mixing up our tasks to intersperse less appealing ones with more interesting ones we can ensure that procrastination does not set in when faced with a day of boring uninspiring tasks.
  • Change your working environment – our working environment can lead us to feel uninspired, distracted and lethargic. In the days of flexible working when we are struggling for motivation we can up sticks and try working in a different location to counter procrastination.
  • Take breaks – regular breaks ensure that we are fresh and focused on tasks in hand. Linking these as a reward to when we have completed an undesirable task can help form these as a positive habit.
  • Make ourselves accountable – there is nothing that breaks through procrastination more than to make ourselves accountable to someone in terms of completing a task. Whether this is a boss, colleague or client nothing sharpens the mind and focus more.

Do suffer from the affliction of procrastination?

What surefire methods do you employ to overcome it?

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31 thoughts on “10 Surefire Ways to Overcome Procrastination”

  1. I am a big procrastinator at times and that is definitely my big problem – the fear factor and feeling that I don’t know what I’m doing. So of course I just put it to one side and ignore it. But I’m trying very hard now to talk to my husband when I feel that I am putting something important on the back burner because he normally has some idea or suggestion that will help me get past that barrier. That inclination to procrastinate never goes away though – it is an ongoing battle! #globalblogging

  2. Great advice. Distractions always gets to me. Especially here at work. My office is the go-to office for everything and it starts off by asking for a simple thing and then end up with conversations that has no relevance to work #dreamteam

  3. Hi Tom, I raise my hand. I am a terrible procrastinator at times (aren’t we all?) and usually when I’m feeling overwhelmed or bored by the task at hand. I’ve found that breaking tasks down and tackling them but by bot far more productive for me. It may seem to take forever, but at least things get down (eventually) and I’m happy too.

    Thank you for linking up with #keepingitreal.


  4. I think getting organised has a huge part to play in putting stuff off. The daily stuff always takes the place at the top of my to do list and in order to get to the stuff at the bottom, I have to create the time by ditching the routine stuff. For me it’s always about time, and what to prioritise into that given time slot.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #CoolMumClub (Or should that be #CoolDadClub)

  5. Procrastination is one of those things I think we all suffer from at one point or another, especially when it’s something we don’t know how to do or don’t want to do. #Blogstravaganza

  6. Your tips are very helpful! I agree that multitasking is not productive. I try to stay focused on one thing. Like this week, I decided to take a break from Instagram and just focus on fixing my website. I got a lot done compared to being distracted with entertainment.

  7. I suffer from procrastination and it infuriates me so much! I have recently started to tackle it, as I fear I will end up a big procrastinator like my Mum. I find putting down my phone and writing out to do lists has helped enormously. #coolmumclub

  8. I am guilty of procrastination and it really comes and bites me on the bum at times. It’s really something I need to work on. Thanks for sharing these great tips with #TriumphantTales.

  9. Fab tips I have always written lists when it comes to work very important for me to get things done Thank you for linking to #Thatfridaylinky please come back next week

  10. I love these tips! Thank you! I swear by lists and like you said, breaking down tasks so they aren’t as big, always helps me when feeling the procrastination kicking in!

  11. Sound advice! Breaking down tasks is a really important one – I often get overwhelmed as my mind is running lists of what needs doing. Sometimes I just need to write it all down and methodically work through it.

    I used to struggle to get myself going when I got to work on a morning and would find myself procrastinating but I’ve recently started planning my first job on the way into work so that as soon as I arrive, I know exactly what I’m going to do and I just get on and do it instead of wondering where to start. #blogcrush

  12. You’ve nailed them on the head so well,I do all of these! The thing is that by now I should know better but still can slip into the burying the least appealing task at the bottom of the pile. I often try and do the touch a piece of paper only once trick when I’m at my desk. That can really work, as can having a few more hours in the day;)

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