10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating
People procrastinate for several reasons, but a big reason is due to fear of failure. You “worry” that you’ll mess up what you need to do, so you don’t do it; which results in you worrying about not getting it done.
A vicious cycle begins!
How do you fix fear of failure?
Don’t sell yourself short. You’re capable of more than you think. So what if you fail? What’s the worst thing that can happen?
Got it in mind?
You’re catastrophizing. It is highly unlikely that everyone will laugh at you if you get up to give a speech. Half of them probably aren’t even listening to you. They’re posting messages on Facebook. A quarter of them will be thinking about what they have to do when they get off of work. And the last quarter of your co-workers will be taking notes and figuring out how to implement the process that you’re sharing. Even if there is one person laughing for some reason, it likely has nothing to do with you unless you farted or have lettuce in your teeth. He’s watching a cat video on YouTube.
10 Ways to Stop Procrastinating
1. Break it Down. If you’re worrying about completing a complicated assignment, break it down into steps. Once you’ve identified the steps, you can work on each one and move up to the more complex part of the process. The larger the task; the better it is to break it down.
2. Stop Over Thinking. Don’t make it a bigger issue than it needs to be.
3. Take a Step Forward. Every day take one step to get you closer to your goal.
4. Make a Decision. Don’t get over-analysis paralysis. If you’ve researched the topic and know what the options entail, make a decision based upon that information. If you’re wrong, you’re wrong. But keep moving forward. You will learn from all your mistakes.
5. Create a Time Line with Deadlines. For every one of the steps in your task, set up a time when you will complete that portion the process. Having no deadlines hinders some people in meeting their goals.
6. Get an Accountability Partner. Get someone to be your accountability partner. When you have someone who will check up on you and your progress, you’re much more likely to complete the task.
7. Seek Out Someone Who Has Completed the Task. You will save yourself hours of time if you seek out someone who has done it before. Get their tips and ideas. Feed off of their success.
8. Change Your Environment. Some places are not conducive to getting some types of work done.
9. Finish It. Don’t get stuck in perfection. You’ve started it; now, finish it.
10. Face Your Fear. If you still aren’t ready to get started, think about the root of your procrastination. If it is fear of something, embrace it. What is the worst that could happen? Just do it!
What do you procrastinate doing? How do you overcome your procrastination?
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