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How To Stop Procrastinating

I feel so much better when I am working on something, like a school paper, homework or blog post, rather than having “no time” and having no energy to make progress. Just one quick push, and everything else falls into place. Just make it one big push, for real.

This advice helps me avoid the pitfalls of thinking that productivity is a thing to be achieved, rather than a way of life. If success is attained in one aspect of your life, your procrastination often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. That is where I often go wrong; I often get caught up in trying for perfection, thinking that I am trying to do everything perfectly, when in reality, I am just trying to “push off work.”

I know that it is good, to know that there is something to work on when you feel like you are working too hard. However, that does nothing to make your procrastination less of a problem. If anything, it makes it more difficult to overcome. As I like to say, working on things makes me happy – and it is something I love doing. Not trying means that my procrastination becomes motivated, but it also means that my productivity suffers.

“A procrastinator isn’t a loser, she just has a different definition of success. She’s busy making progress, in a way, and when she gets bored or frustrated, all she has to do is put her brain away and put the task back to the person with the highest productivity. And maybe she’ll do it.” If you’re feeling the urge to procrastinate because you just can’t seem to get started on something new, take a few minutes to consider the reason why: it’s not because you’re not trying. Rather it’s that you just aren’t getting the work done. A lot of times, I think that the reason I can’t seem to get started, is that I don’t feel like I am putting in the work needed. You may need to make a list of all the things you need to accomplish this week, and go after them all. If you need a list, and you go in search for it, I am sure this post can help you. But before you start, realize that not doing is not going to make it easier to do later. Take a day or two the day you are going to start working on the task you have been procrastinating, without letting your mind linger over it. Now, what should your day be like? Is there anything you need to complete? Is it something you need to get better at doing (like writing, or programming or photography, or something else)? I recommend a different way of dealing with procrastination: The Daily Task. It has been around for a long time. It really takes getting used to, in the beginning, but once you get your timing and the process down, it is a great way to get your work done on time. Instead of worrying about the day ahead, what you want to get done, just work on the task until you’ve done something that you are happy with. For example, one day I was writing a blog post, and I was writing for an hour every day. Instead of worrying about what would I be writing about, I focused on just writing. When the day came that my post had to be posted, I just threw the first draft of my post together, and published it. If my post didn’t get taken down because of comments, then I didn’t really have to think about what I should have done the day before. I just typed what I wanted to write, and posted it. And that was that: it was done, and I didn’t have to think about it for the rest of the week. Instead, all I would have done the rest of the week was writing.