Will you celebrate?
Maybe at 11 pm on Friday night! HA! That’s the way to procrastinate!
Why do people procrastinate?
You may look at a large task and be overwhelmed at what needs to be done. Break it down into smaller tasks. Tell yourself that you’ll work for 15 minutes on it. That’s all. It won’t seem so overwhelming. By focusing for 15 minutes at a time on the task you’ll move forward, which is better than standing still.
Setting deadlines can help you stop procrastinating. Work from your deadline backwards and set mini-deadlines for yourself. You’ll move forward in small increments.
Prep for the task ahead. Set yourself up with all the materials you will need to succeed before beginning. You won’t have to stop to locate what’s need and waste time or get off track.
Find someone you can be accountable to. A friend or co-worker can check in with you to ask about your progress on a project. Make sure your partner is supportive and not critical of your efforts. It will take time to create a new habit.
Putting things off is something we all do from time to time. Give yourself a break. For a funny look at procrastination watch Zefrank.com. It will put a smile on your face.