You have a deadline that’s about to expire, and yet you are still checking on your social media accounts, reading blogs, and watching videos. You know that you should be working right now, but your mind is making you do different things. You know that procrastination can affect your productivity, and yet you still waste your time doing other stuff instead of work.
Then the time comes when it is already too late, and you start to cram in order to complete your tasks. When that time comes, you will wish that you started work earlier. Procrastinators spend their life delaying work and facing it only when it is already unavoidable.
The good news is that you can easily break your bad habit. You should not let procrastination control your life. Below are some ways that can help you overcome it.
Break Work into Smaller Tasks
Part of the reason why people procrastinate is that they find work to be too overwhelming. If you break it down into smaller tasks, you can focus on one part at a time. If you still put off work after breaking it down, then divide it up again. Soon you’ll find the task to be simpler and easy to complete.
Stop Punishing Yourself
Procrastinating can be stressful, especially if the deadline is just around the corner. The more stressed you are, the harder it is to do the work. Instead of stressing yourself out, calm down and focus on what you need to do.
Regret and guilt can only drain your energy. If you spend time yelling at yourself for not doing the work earlier, you will only feel more frustrated and tired. It will just make the task more difficult to accomplish.
Do the Worst Thing First
If you start with the difficult tasks, you still have full energy. You have a higher chance of completing it, instead of putting it off for later. When you do the worst assignment last, you might not have the energy to complete it. Once you completed the most difficult task, you will feel super productive and ready to face the other tasks on hand.
Stop Thinking, and Just Do It
While planning can help make tasks easier, over thinking can be disastrous. You try to come up with the perfect plan where there are no mistakes and difficulties. However, such a thing doesn’t exist, and you are only delaying the start of your project.
Change Your Working Environment
The environment has an impact on your productivity. If you have been procrastinating for a long time, look at your room, specifically your desk. Does it make you want to start working? Or does it make you want to do something else? If your answer is the later, then you should change your working environment. It is important for your environment to make you inspired to work and not the other way around.
These are the tips to keep in mind the next time you put off your work. You can overcome procrastination as long as you deal with it today, and not tomorrow.