How to Take Control of Your Life and Stop Procrastinating
Procrastination can steal your dreams and curtail your life long goals and plans. Procrastination is the enemy of success and industry. Consistently and constantly putting things off “until another time” or until you feel like it will only result in missed opportunities and dreams that are never realized. Breaking the hold of procrastination can be extremely different. Unless you are absolutely ready to change, you will not. You won’t be able to simply grow out of procrastination. It won’t improve with time. No, you will have to make a concerted and serious effort if you want to stop being a procrastinator. Below are some tips that can be very effective, when followed, to stop procrastination.
a. Put Your Plans In Writing: Many times people who tend to procrastinate are not organized. They often forget the tasks that they are supposed to complete because they have not them written down. Writing down your plans will keep you from forgetting them and also from putting them off. It is much easier to procrastinate when your “to-do” list is in your head. If it is written down on paper, this helps to hold you accountable.
b. Check off Completed Tasks: There is great satisfaction in being able to check off completed tasks. Many people that procrastinate have difficulties in getting started on a task, but feel great and a real sense of accomplishment when they complete them. Creating a task list gives you the opportunity and the satisfaction of being able to check off the tasks that you have finished. This will help motivate you to complete your to-do lists.
c. Perform Hard Tasks First: Procrastinators are more likely to put off tasks because they are difficult. Because they fell intimidated by large or difficult tasks, they avoid them. By working on and finishing harder activities first, easier tasks become a cinch to complete.
d. Don’t Give Up: Procrastination can be like an addiction. You will undoubtedly slip back into old habits. When you do, don’t be too hard on yourself. Acknowledge that failures are going to be apart of the process. Forgive yourself and move on. You should not be looking for perfection but to have a decreased amount of procrastinating episodes. If you are improving, you are succeeding.
Procrastinating is a terrible habit. If not remedied, it will rob you of your dreams, plans and goals. Stopping procrastination is one of the easiest ways to improve your life. It is one life change that is completely free and up to you. The choice is yours. Stop putting off tasks and actions that could be done today. If you do not, you will look up to see that opportunity and life has passed you by and without you meeting many of the goals that you have set for yourself.