No More Excuses: Overcoming Procrastination

Sometimes it’s hard to stay on top of the never ending to do list of life. Procrastination stems from negative thoughts and self-talk. These thoughts and feelings both add to procrastination in your actions. 

When you know that there is something that needs to be done and you fall into these habits it can be hard to cope with these thoughts and feelings. Here are some strategies to help you overcome procrastination as soon as possible.

1. Set Clear Goals

When you are struggling to get something done, set out a plan. A plan can give you time stamps for when you need something done. When you achieve goals it can encourage you to complete other goals and tasks, preventing procrastination. A plan can also help you feel in control of your progress with a task and can show you the clear steps that you need to take to ultimately complete something.

2. Prioritise Tasks

When you create your plan make sure to prioritise tasks appropriately. If you need to get something done soon, complete it first. It is also important to prioritise important but not urgent tasks this way you can thank yourself later for being prepared in advance. This can encourage and motivate you to keep up with your to do list.

3. Time Management

Set a timer to complete tasks that you have been struggling to motivate yourself to do. This can help you to realise how quickly something you have been procrastinating can be done. A plan can help you to lay out a reasonable amount of time to spend on each task. Try to be realistic with your time management so that you don’t fall into negative thoughts and self-talk if you are unable to stick to it.

4. Overcome Perfectionism

Sometimes the block to getting something done is our own high standards. If you feel like the block to getting a task done is that you are blinded by the fear of doing it badly. Try to overcome your own perfectionism. Having something done on time is better than not having it done at all. It is also normal to receive constructive criticism and you can receive this productively and allow it to help you in the future.

5. Break Down Big Tasks

Work on big tasks by breaking them into smaller, manageable tasks. Use your plan and time management skills and stick to the steps that you have created. This can help you greatly to achieve your ultimate goal and you can feel proud to have achieved previous smaller goals throughout. Chipping away at smaller tasks can boost motivation and improve your confidence.

6. Seek Professional Help

If you feel like you can never get to work until the last minute, maybe you need professional help. A professional like Healthy Mind Coaching can help you to set realistic goals, manage time efficiently and find confidence in your work.

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