23 Tips To Beat It When You Want To Procrastinate

Author : Adam Shafqat | Published On : 02 Mar 2021

What is procrastination?

Procrastination is when you putt of things to be done later, tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or never.

What is not procrastination?

Planning is not procrastination, in fact planning helps you to eliminate procrastination by scheduling what needs to be done.

Note that Procrastination has nothing to do with the pleasantness of a task, but just the physical delay of it to a later stage.

Why do we procrastinate?

There are many reasons why we procrastinate, like:

  1. When a task FEELS UNPLEASANT and we would rather want to do something else.
  2. When we actually DON'T KNOW HOW to do something.
  3. PERFECTIONISM - putting things off because we want to do it when we can do it perfectly.
  4. When we DO NOT KNOW WHEN tasks should be done.
  5. When we WORRY about the CONSEQUENCES.

From time to time all of us struggle with procrastination - it is FUN to be lazy once in a while, but when it becomes a HABIT we will be in trouble.

23 Strategies to beat procrastination

  1. Do it more often, not less.
  2. Arrange to do it with someone else.
  3. Ask yourself 'Will this really be better if I put it off?'.
  4. Break down the task, and do the preparation.
  5. If it will take less than 2 minutes, just do it now.
  6. Think about the pain of not doing it.
  7. Write a prioritized to-do list every day, first thing in the morning.
  8. Ensure that high-priority tasks are nearby and accessible, keep it on your desk where you can see it.
  9. Anticipate when interruptions can occur and deal with them.
  10. Turn a difficult task into a fun activity or change the way of doing it.
  11. Begin a task and keep working on in until it is complete.
  12. Involve other people where you need their help or expertise.
  13. Reward yourself for completed tasks, this will boost your motivation.
  14. Highlight deadlines (use calendars, sticky notes or reminders) and remind yourself them on a daily basis.
  15. Change the way you do things, is there a better, easier and faster way?
  16. Be flexible when you plan and prioritize tasks, if things change you need to adapt.
  17. Do it NOW!
  18. When working at a faster speed, ensure it is accurate and correct from the start.
  19. Just ask yourself - "Why am I doing this job?" - You will get lots of valid reasons.
  20. When prioritizing - refer to your long term goals, that will keep you motivated.
  21. Make a secondary list of all the things you did not get done during the day and work on them the next day.
  22. Ask why you procrastinate.
  23. Use selective procrastination - Selective procrastination is when you consciously choose to procrastinate on a task because it is not urgent nor important to complete now.

In summary, it all boils down to get things done before you think too much about it. So now it is your turn, get going - even if you don't feel like doing it!