How To Stop Procrastinating Before It’s Too Late

It turns out that many of us are chronically procrastinating — so much so that we actually procrastinate while we’re trying to do everyday things. We say things and do tasks, but end up doing nothing because we wait until we’re done before making the most of our time — and we don’t finish tasks that we set them for.

We procrastinate all the time; we even procrastinate when we’ve already finished what we’ve started. In the next step, we’ll give you the tools to stop procrastinating, and you won’t need to take away any time from the things you want to get done. Here’s how: first, ask yourself “What action are you going to get done today?” Then decide what you actually need to finish the task you’re working on.

You don’t need to do everything. You don’t have to get the job done just as it is. In fact, some things just take too much time to get done. But what you really needs is just the minimum amount of time you need to get done to move forward.

“I’m going to take just five minutes right now, to finish my research.”

What have you done already?

If it’s stuff you have to finish, then do it! If you’re trying to clean the house, put the laundry in the dryer, and do the dishes, then do them . If you’re reading a book or using your tablet computer, then you can keep going in that case. But if you’re writing in a journal, finishing your writing, or thinking about how you want to go through your day, then you should take five minutes and let that sink in first.

The goal isn’t to always finish what you started. That’s like saying, “Don’t let go. Be patient. Work through the obstacle at hand right now.” You don’t have to finish in exactly the same order. And maybe you can take ten minutes, finish your task, then move onto something else. That’s fine, too. If you were to finish your writing task at a certain point, and then then decide you just can’t keep writing, and then stop writing, then move onto something else, then take ten minutes and let everything sink in. For instance, if you have a class you have to go to, then maybe you’ll finish that first, let loose the tension in your body, and then move on to the next thing. The goal is just the minimum amount of time you need to get to the point it wants you to be at.

But if it’s going to take you a long time, take it slow.

If you know you have to spend time on something and the more you think about it, the more time you need to figure out how to make it happen, then at this point it’s probably not worth it. You’ve already given as much as you can. You may be able to get through the obstacle, but you won’t end up doing that much. So if it’s a task that you’d be able to figure out how to do as a matter of course, let it go.

“I just want to take the time to get my writing done, and then I’ll work on the rest later.”

What have you done already?

“I just want to get this article done! I can do that in a few hours.”

What have you done already?

If you haven’t even started writing yet, that’s your responsibility. If you’ve already started, you already owe it. Write about it for five minutes then move on. There’s no way in hell you can write a five-part article in five minutes.

“I don’t have enough time to write any of it now.”

OK, let us talk about how you plan to start writing. We’ve talked about things you need to start doing in order to start writing.