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5-Tips on How to Break Free from Procrastination

We've all been there. You have a project or paper due. You've been putting it off. Unfortunately, time never stops. Procrastination is one of the reasons you could be feeling stressed.

Procrastination is that nagging disease that forces us to put things off for another day or another moment. It affects almost everyone at some point. Some people struggle with it constantly, while others only experience it in some aspects of their lives.

The outcome is the same for everyone, though, and includes increased anxiety, lost time, subpar performance, missed chances, guilt, and avoiding those who depend on us. Procrastination is a serious issue that many individuals suffer from.

There is no evidence to suggest that one's procrastination tendencies are influenced by one's intelligence or gender, but age may play a role. According to one study, procrastination reaches its peak in the middle to late 20s, then declines over the next 40 years until rising once more in the 1960s.

Procrastination is typical among persons who also:

  • Feeling anxious and unable to relax easily

  • dread failing

  • Feel inferior to oneself

  • possess a low threshold for frustration

  • find it challenging to postpone gratification

  • unable to concentrate

  • Tend to clash with authority figures

  • Are disobedient by nature

In this blog post, we'll discuss 5 tips you can use to break free from procrastination.

Let's Begin!

Create a To-Do List

It seems simple enough. You'd be surprised how many people don't create to-do lists. Too often we rely on our memory. This adds extra unnecessary burden for us to remember.

Make a list of the things you have to get done this week (or day, or month), and then check them off one at a time as you complete them. With this list, you can clearly understand what has to be done and experience a sense of accomplishment as the list is pared down.

Set Priorities

Are you wasting too much time on tasks that don't matter? This could be a problem that is causing you to procrastinate. Put the tasks that need to be completed in priority order on your to-do list. Concentrate on just one task at a time, starting with the most crucial.

Start Small

One of the reasons you might push off a project is because it can feel overwhelming. Large projects can be intimidating. However, if you can break your larger project into smaller tasks, you'll see how much that will make a difference.

This is an important step in beating your procrastination. Make a list of all the steps necessary in your project and approach each one as a doable task that can be completed with some effort. Even though we don't enjoy some tasks, if they only last a short while, we can manage them.

Manage Stress

Some tasks can be stressful. Stress can have an impact on our procrastination. It's a way of protecting us from potential dangers. Deep breathing, gradual muscle relaxation, visualization, physical activity, relaxation cassettes, humor, and music are a few methods you might employ to manage your anxiety.

Just Get Started

As important as the other tips are to breaking your procrastination habit, sometimes the best way is to just get started. You have to break through that barrier that is telling you that you can wait until tomorrow. Additionally, you can think of it as reward. Push yourself to begin.

To compose that speech, you don't need to wait till you're feeling inspired. Simply jot down any ideas that come to mind; you can edit it later. Every journey starts with a single small step.

Final Thoughts

You can beat procrastination. Your life can change just by sticking to completing your tasks. It may be harder for some people to get started and that is understandable. It may seem impossible to modify a procrastination pattern that has become so established. While many people find the aforementioned advice useful, it may be beneficial to consider procrastination as a symptom of some of our underlying personality problems.

For instance, our propensity to put off completing activities is frequently influenced by our unfavorable self-image. Sometimes we put off completing our tasks because we lack confidence or fear that people will reject or desert us if we don't do a perfect job.

Procrastination may be a sign of depression for some people. We all have different reasons for postponing because we are all unique. The best method to investigate these more profound difficulties in a safe, dependable, and expert environment is through therapy.

The objective is to characterize procrastination as a symptom of a deeper problem, then investigate the nature of this deeper issue and learn how to handle it more successfully. When you can find ways to convey the most valuable aspects of oneself, life becomes more satisfying.


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