In a previous post, Don’t allow procrastination to steal away your dreams, I promised I will be coming back to give you some tips about overcoming procrastination. I got the feeling I have been procrastinating it until today that I am keeping to my words. However, that’s not the case. I actually scheduled it for December and I am trying not to send it forward.

We all got that knack for pushing things forward. You know you should meet up with your schedule, yet you spend time on things that would not help you meet up. You just keep on fiddling around rather than doing what you know you have to do. I usually check emails, move to social media, from one forum to the other, watching videos and so on meanwhile I got to be writing.

Even though it may seem difficult to fight, pushing things forward may be prevented. I will share with you below some ways you can use in fighting the “procrastinating spirit”.

1. Don’t feel guilty when you procrastinate

Once you are angry with yourself for procrastinating, the more difficult for you to get the work done. Rather than being hard on yourself, it’s better you get focus and do what you planned or got to do instead. Having guilt or regret over procrastinating will drain your emotions. The more you yell at yourself for not doing what you were supposed to have done sometime ago, the more you become frustrated. It will help to put more stress on you and you will not be able to finish the task on time.

2. Don’t wait for the perfect time

There is no perfect time to do something you had already scheduled than the time itself. Don’t waste your time giving reasons for not doing something. Do away with such thought because there will never be a perfect time and if you think you will get one, then it as well as saying you will never accomplish the task. 

3. Break down your tasks in bits

Once you think of the whole task, and the time you have to put in other to complete it, you get to feel overwhelmed. Checkout How To Raise Your Energy When Feeling Overwhelmed. You don’t need to think about the entire task, rather you break it down to tiny bits. Starting from the smallest chunk, you will later find yourself finishing the entire task. A mouse doesn’t take the entire cheese or bread, it starts with a little chunk.

4. Avoid distractions

Once you want to do something, make sure you choose where you know you won’t get distracted. Once you are distracted, there is the tendency that the next thing you will do will be procrastinating your tasks. Your work environment must be selected to limit distractions. 

One of the greatest source of distraction is your phone. Just like I said above, when I want to procrastinate, I find solace in my phone. Doing things I didn’t plan to do, lazying out on the Internet doing something though nothing. Smartphones in particular can suck up your entire time and attention.

5. Focus on one goal at a time

Most of us always want to finish many things at the same time. Multi-tasking may look good in the eyes and make you feel you are achieving much. If you take a greater look at multi-tasking, you will see that in effect, it prevents you from completing your tasks effectively and on time. Once you realise you are not meeting up any, you start procrastinating some. You just need to pay attention to one goal at a time, achieving them one at a time.

These are the few lessons I have learnt on how to avoid procrastinating my daily goals. It is not easy, but you can do it. I will keep updating as soon as I try more tips. Don’t forget to share with your friends. Do it now and you would have started your journey towards halting procrastination.