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Overcoming Procrastination: Beating The Habit

By Odessa Flores

How virulent is procrastination?

Do you ever find yourself setting aside important tasks because you just feel something else is more intriguing for the moment? And then it leads you to do it again? And again… and again? Bad habits like this is what you call procrastination.

Procrastination affects every aspect of your life. Adverse effects would experience tension and fatigue physically, low self-esteem, frustrations and guilt, diminished quality in life and missed career opportunities that will poison your productivity.

You wouldn’t let that bad habit eat you up, would you? Stop procrastinating and address the problem right away!

Identifying the beginning of procrastinating practice is to admit to yourself that you are indeed doing this habit. There are many reasons why people procrastinate.

Priority- Understanding a critical situation from a less important is important in differentiating tasks.

Unknowns – Setting aside things that requires some type of knowledge or information that you don’t have.

Time- Poor time management makes you uncertain of your priorities, goals and objectives.

Overload- Continually putting things off would pile thing up!

Fear of Failure- Perfectionism often causes procrastination. They would rather put it off than do an incomplete job.

Feelings- When you feel stressed, worried, or anxious, it’s hard to work productively.

Your initiative is the key to beat this habitual behavior. If you really wanna tame the beast, there are tips to help with procrastination.

Act after you plan. Keep your plan square and simple. Start with the one thing you must get done for the day.

Be vision oriented. Your job should match your goals.

Bite-sized pieces. You don’t have to tackle all the steps of a project in one sitting. Break large assignments into small tasks.

Good enough is good enough. Rather than perfection, aim for advancement. Any small step toward completion is an accomplishment. Determine how much you can do and tolerate at a time.

Just do it. Do the worst job first. Be sure to get it out of the way. Once you tackle the part you are dreading, the rest is a breeze.

Plan around interruptions. If they can’t be prevented, learn how to delegate it. Or if they can’t be delegated, learn how to delay it until you are finished.

Remember to make it fun. A clean desk allows you to focus without visual distraction. Try to incorporate fun. It’s only a chore if you think of it as a chore.

Stay motivated. Rewarding your accomplishment increases productivity. Reward yourself with things you enjoy AFTER you have accomplished a task.

Keep in mind the first law of motion in beating off procrastination. An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted by an unbalanced force.

Overcoming procrastination is an initiative. Click on the secrets of time management to beat off this peril!

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Flores, Odessa "Overcoming Procrastination: Beating The Habit." Overcoming Procrastination: Beating The Habit. 26 Jun. 2010. 3 Aug 2015 <>.

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