How To Stop Procrastinating?

Firstly, what is procrastination?

If you don’t know, here is the definition according to the dictionary.

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.
Does it sound like you?  Do you want to stop your habit of procrastination?
Procrastination is the number one hurdle which stops us from achieving our goals.  In order to change our habit of procrastination, we have to change ourselves.
The first thing we need is to understand why we procrastinate.  I will help you to understand the root causes of your procrastination.
Start a new day with a new habit - no more procrastination.

Start a new day with a new habit – no more procrastination.

Name one goal that you want to achieve.  It could be losing weight, tidy up the garden or you want to learn how to make more money.  Then ask yourself one question – Is it worth doing?  Spend few minutes to think over it.  This is important because sometimes we think the goal is worthwhile, but instead it isn’t when we analysed it deeper.
You will be glad that you did it and eliminate this unworthwhile goal which was nudging you at the back of your mind all this time.
If the goal is worthwhile, then what is stopping you to take action?  It could be emotional, physical, financial or some other reasons.  Take a piece of paper and write down the goal and the reasons.  Often when you write down the problem, then you would be able to find a solution.
Most often the number reason why we procrastinate – it is hard taking the first step.
The reason why I told you to write it down on a piece of paper is writing it down will become your first step.  Also you will be committed to your goal once you written it down.  Once you have taken the first step, the rest will be much easier.

Other tools which help stop procrastinating

  • Take baby steps – break down the tasks into smaller steps.  The feeling of overwhelmed often stop us from taking action.
  • Ask for help – ask someone to help you with the task, or ask someone to do the task for you.  Either way, it will be done at the end.
  • Remind yourself the benefit or the reward on achieving the goal.
  • Learn the rule of “do the hardest thing first” – when you do the hardest thing first, the rest will be easy.
  • Tell yourself that it is not difficult – work on your mind and change your thinking.
  • Learn how to do things in a relaxing way – like listening to music or singing your favourite song.
  • Buy these books below and learn more ways to stop procrastinating.


Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time Brian Tracy




Procrastination: How To Destroy Procrastination Once and For All, And Build Habits of Success




Procrastination – the reasons why?

Procrastination is often a habit.  The only way to eliminate a bad habit is to replace it with a good habit.  To build a good habit needs consistent actions.

Are you a NATO member? – No Action, Talk Only.

Some people are afraid of hard work. Breaking down a large job into small jobs will make it easier.  You should work on how to remove your irrational fear.  Why do you have fear when hard work doesn’t kill you?

Prioritise your work

Some people make the excuse – I am too busy.  I don’t have time to work on my goal.  Which is just an excuse.

You need to understand what is important and what is urgent.  Urgent work are often not important and it might not need to be done at all.  Make time for your important goal everyday and  build a bright future for yourself and people you love.

Why is it so important to rid of your procrastination?  I know you have heard this, time is money.  Also, we only have a limited amount of time one’s life.  Would you want to waste your life?

“Short as life is, we make it still shorter by careless waste of time.” – Victor Hugo




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