Ways to Avoid Procrastination

Here are some tips to help you get a nice jump start on your next project and avoiding those last minute deadlines.

  • Create a to-do-list. It doesn’t matter if its on a notebook or on your computer. You want to record everything you need to do. This way, taking the time to log your entries makes you want to carry them out a little more.
  • When creating your list, you want to give your task a priority. You can do this by listing the more important tasks at the top or you can
  • You want to refer to your list as much as possible. The more you see it, the more you’re gonna be thinking about.
  • This is important, reward yourself. After you have accomplished a task, take the time to reward yourself. The reward doesn’t have to be super expensive, a trip to Starbucks if fine.
  • Don’t beat yourself up. You are not the only one who has a hard time trying to get started on various projects and tasks.
  • Let others know about your goals and plans. This way, you are somewhat committed to your goals and you will not only have to face yourself, but to others as well.
  • Promise yourself ten minutes a day. When you think ten minutes, its not much but you’ll be surprised how much work you can get done in that time. In most cases, you will end up passing 30 minutes and you will have made some progress.

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  1. Don’t forget the crossing-off-the-stuff-on-the-list part! I know it sounds anal, but I like to cross things off with just a single line. As I go back to the list over and over, it has some psychological benefit to be able to see how much I’ve done already. It makes me want to do more and FINISH ALREADY.

    I love lists… I think of them as a brain dump. Once I get it down on paper, I can stop thinking about it. Much less stressful to know that I have it written down instead of trying to remember everything — leaves more brain room for other stuff!

  2. Rachel,

    You’re absolutely right. Crossing off the tasks from the list is a major psychological benefit, and even makes me want to accomplish more just so that I can “cross off” more things on the list. Thanks for the added tip!

  3. You know what prevents me from procrastinating? Seeing the bills I have to pay. :-D

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  5. We often know all of the reason why we should be doing something, yet it’s tough to dig deep for those reasons when we’re in a rut.

    However, when we take the time to introspectively and consciously remind ourselves of where we are, where we’re going, and how we expect to get there, motivation seems to come much easier.

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