Learn how to stop procrastinating, accomplish your tasks and responsibilities. Learn new behavior, change old habits.

Procrastination is one of the most common complaints people have about themselves. It is defined as the counterproductive delay of actions or tasks to a later time. Psychologists often refer to such behavior as a method for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.

This behavior is a very difficult and can often lead to other issues such as anxiety, depression and anger. It can also eventually make us feel non productive as well as experiencing disapproval from society for not being responsible or having a sense of commitment. Although, we all can suffer from procrastination from time to time, it can easily become a problem when it becomes a way of life which will eventually interfere with how we function.

Procrastinating pic, LOL

Now, for those of you who are all too familiar with this complaint and suffer from the trials of procrastinating, it is important for you to know that you can overcome this behavior. With persistence and practice you can get to a place where you actually get things done on a daily basis and you know what? You might even come too really like it once you see how much better it is to live life that way.

In my articles I try my best to be as honest as possible, so it is important for me to add that changing this behavior like many others, May or may not be easy for you. And well, the truth is that for me it wasn’t that easy. I too suffered from a bad case of procrastination and it took for me a lot of practice, persistence along with trial and error. But, I am happy to say I am a non procrastinator today and it makes life a whole lot simpler.

Photo of a procrastinator

Okay, no one is perfect. Do I get lazy sometimes and put things of for a few hours or a day? Sure I do, but I certainly do not allow myself to fall back into the old behaviors where everything was in complete disorder.

I am going to share with you a few steps that helped me overcome procrastination and perhaps you too can free yourself from the chaos and turmoil this behavior can cause.

Honesty

One - Honesty is the best policy. Look at this problem in the face and accept it for what it is a behavior that is causing you and those around you a lot of discomfort. Ask yourself, do you want to live this way? I’m sure your answer will be no. Now believe in yourself and choose to change.

Baby steps

Two - Do not set your self up with great expectations. Baby steps at first. Decide what particular projects or tasks you would like to start with, than tackle each one of them, one by one. For example if you have five things that need to get done during the week, do not attempt to accomplish it all in one day, instead tackle one each day and after every completion take the time out to acknowledge your accomplishment and pat yourself on the back, be proud even if you think the task was small, sit back and breath knowing that you got one thing out of the way, one less thing to worry about, more freedom in your life and more peace and serenity. That is fantastically monumental! Now tomorrow you move on to your next task, followed by the same praise.

Procrastination Picture

Mind tricks

Three – In the beginning do not let your mind play funny tricks on you, where you think that you can actually start working on your procrastination tomorrow. That behavior is exactly what you are trying to escape, saying “tomorrow I’ll do it”, when you know darn well it will not get done. So basically, Do not even feed into the frenzy and just go for it and do it in the now. Trust me and trust you, it will feel good when it is done.

Prevention

Four – If you feel like you are taking a step backward and falling back into old habits, don’t beat yourself up about it. Feel good that you are able to recognize that you are having a slip and take control of it by moving forward and proceeding to complete your task. Dwelling on the negative emotions hurts your chances of success in preventing procrastination in your life. Also, thinking about how much easier your life has become with every completed project can give you an incentive to carry on with your responsibilities and reap the rewards of a simpler way of living.

Procrastinator Picture

It is important to comprehend that what we are aiming for here is more order and less disorder. Perfection is not the objective, it is simplicity and structure. Once you get a touch of that, you will appreciate and welcome it with open arms.

Madison O'Sullivan


Are you in the mood for more inspiration? Click on this link and take a look at my hub about inspirational movies. Enjoy!!

Comments 28 comments

creativeone59 profile image

creativeone59 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you Madison for a true hub on procrastination, thank you for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Creativeone, always a pleasure to have you stop by and read my hubs. Thank you for your comment:)


artrush73 profile image

artrush73 6 years ago

Great hub Madison :) thanks for sharing useful information. you absolutely right, baby steps toward tasks is the key. I agree with you.

Great Hub :))) Looking forward reading more of your work.


Winsome profile image

Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Very helpful as always Madison. I have things-to-do pads that have this quote by Steven Wright: "The sooner you fall behind, the more time you have to catch up." =:)


JannyC profile image

JannyC 6 years ago

Nice one! I learned about procrastination as a child in a book it was the Sweet Pickles series and there was Goof off Goose who always said I'll do it tomorrow. There was also others like vanity vulure who care a bit too much about his appearence. Those books and the lesson always stuck with me. So whenever I may start to procastinate I like oh no Im like Goof off Goose! No No No! Though I do not procrastinate due to that book. I did not want to be like Goof Off Goose!


rprcarz50 profile image

rprcarz50 6 years ago

Thank you for putting this Hub out here.

Great work. I am a big time procrastonationist.

Thank you

Ron

As Always Also a2z50 Keep on Hubbing


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Artrush, Thank you for reading my hub and commenting!

Winsome, I love that quote:) Thank you!


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Janny, isn't that something, the way things stick with us like that book you read? It seems like it made a positive impression on you, that's great!

rprcarz, Thank you for your support:) Is a2z50 your other profile?


keiranthapa profile image

keiranthapa 6 years ago from Darjeeling

Great cartoons! And even better Hub!


Ann Nonymous profile image

Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

This had to have been written JUST for me! lol

I proscrastinate a lot, thinking I will have less stress if I don't dwell on it. Guess again! But on the other hand I like knowing every detail of every thing in my life and like to plan ahead, maybe so I can just wait until the last moment to put it into action!!!!! But often I work better UNDER pressure. It's weird but I know I need to change!

Very well put together hub with GREAT advice, Madison! I really will benefit from this one! Oh and I love the comic strips! Definitely bookmarking this one!


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Keiranthapa, I'm so glad you enjoyed. Thank you for stopping by to read my hub.

Ann, some people really do work better under pressure, I hear that from many. If it works for you that's great. Me, I don't do well under pressure, I go bonkers lol. So happy you enjoyed my hub and the comic strips, it means alot. Thank you:)


heart4theword profile image

heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Have to admit, I was a perfectionist, with great expectations, very driven in fact. Life has taken quite a turn, yet I have less stress, and much fewer expectations. I have learned as you mentioned above, living a simpilar life, has great benefits:) Great Hub-Page!


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Sounds much like me. Thank you, I enjoyed reading your comment.


Marcus James profile image

Marcus James 6 years ago from Australia

I agree with #2 - baby steps.

I used to be a huge procrastinator to the point where I dreaded the idea of doing ANYTHING that I should have.

So I started doing baby steps, I set myself up for only 2 tasks a day, no more, no less. I figured I could do 2, it wasn't a big scary number.

I then got myself a task management tool. I personally use Remember The Milk but you can choose whatever one you want-even just a notepad works fine, as long as its a tool that you can have with you all the time.

Now, I'm getting lots done each day, because I started off not trying to climb such a massive mountain of tasks.


prasetio30 profile image

prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

This is related with discipline. That's come from deep our heart doing something on time without delay. And I have to keep my responsibility in doing my job. This good behavior have to keep it up well. two thumbs up for you.


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Marcus, thank you for the comment. So glad you are getting lot's done:)


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Yes, I agree discipline also has a lot to do with getting procrastination under control. Thank you prasetio for your comment:-)


Dmrfam profile image

Dmrfam 6 years ago from India

Great Hub again. Baby steps is what helps me in overcoming my procrastication. When I am anxious or overwhelmed about bigger tasks and do not know from where to start I push myself to do the smaller pieces firsts - better than not doing anything at all. This helps me never to give up and continue ahead with the bigger task.


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Dmrfam, that's exactly it with baby steps. Better than doing nothing at all. Yet, getting something done. Thank you!


prettydarkhorse profile image

prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

it is always endearing to drop by here, your hubs are always inspiring and yes I like your tips, sometimes I do this procastinate as well, Happy weekend and thank you, Maita


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Hope you had a great weekend pdh. Thank you for your comment!


Teresa Laurente profile image

Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Hah! I stand guilty. It still has powers over me. I am working on it more and more now. Then one day, I'll be completely cured. Thanks dear friend for sharing this very important piece; Madison22.


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Hi Teresa, Glad you are working on it more and more, that is all we can do. Progress not perfection always works for me. Thank you for commenting on my hub, always a pleasure:-)


RunAbstract profile image

RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

I absolutely LOVE this article, and I'm going to email it to a friend who needs it so bad!!! She always waits until the last minuet, and then gets so stressed! She's hard to be around at those times, and trying to help her is a nightmare!

I'm so glad to find this article!


vocalcoach profile image

vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh Boy! Am I ever guilty of procrastination. I have so many projects started which seems to take an act of congress to get me to finish. I definetly needed this hub. Thanks. Now, where do I begin? :-)))


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 6 years ago from NYC Author

Vocalcoach, LOL thank you for the comment!


loua profile image

loua 5 years ago from Elsewhere, visiting Earth ~ the segregated community planet

A timeless message... Thanks for sharing...


Madison22 profile image

Madison22 5 years ago from NYC Author

loua, how are you? Thank you for stopping by!

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working