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4 Sure Ways to Stop Procrastinating

Updated on January 25, 2016

Are you used to Procrastinating?

This is something that is not new to most if not all of us. It is one of those hobbies you pick up along the way, not because you were taught or was somehow convinced that it’s a must do for survival but It is innate; bound heavily to the very core of our DNA. You’ve heard about it, you’ve seen people do it and you are not any different from the million souls that carry the task on a day to day basis. I know, this is where you pose, asses yourself and try to count the number of times you have had to procrastinate. I kid you not that you lost count, I can bet on it for I know that I too are a victim. Question is why?

How Procrastination Took Control of Your Life

You have something in mind, you plan to do it then you plan not to do it. This is how it all begins, a thought. Several factors cut across my mind when I think of procrastination. You’re probably lazy, you’ve lost the morale for it, the mood is just not right, my friends need me, I need to do this first before I do that, it is freaking hard let me take break….all I hear are excuses. That’s just it, excuses. Those are not reasons. That is not what a man whose brain has undergone severe levels of expansion should consider as reasoning. As a matter fact it is shameful. Plain and simple.


How to Get Out from Under the Rug

Funny thing is, it has become a norm. We perfect the art of conviction not to others but to oneself. We tell ourselves that it’s okay to procrastinate because it is a part of life. No! It is not okay. It is wrong. It wastes so much valuable time that would have definitely been used constructively into making tremendous impact in our modern day society. Ever wondered why you are still stuck in the same boat? Ever wondered why some people will always be different from you?

1. Make a Plan- and Stick to it.

I do wonder and I most certainly know why. But do you? I’ll give you an insight of what I stumbled upon. One of the most brilliant people I’ve met taught me when you wake up in the morning plan your day. Of course I’d brush it aside and go like “yeah I know, I already did that” (of course I hadn’t). This instructions were plain, simple and straight to the point. The logic here is that a planned day will result to a successful day; all the objectives having been met at their specific timings. Why else would you want to procrastinate?

2. Discipline yourself

A little concept called self-discipline is a subject to put into consideration. A rogue child will require constant thrashing in order to foster discipline. Self-discipline on the other; well you have to instill it yourself. This implies that to avert procrastination you simply have to train yourself to stick to your set goals. I don’t presume that aiming to achieve the desired objective can be equated to rocket science, can it?

3. Give yourself a Pat on the Back

I believe in rewards. They give us the motivation that we need to keep pushing forward. Well, look at it this way. You set your mind to achieve a certain task, you convince yourself to do it at a later time, your conscience becomes unsettled, and you are forced to deal with regret for being a failure (which by the way you are). To rid yourself of the burden of guilt, learn to reward yourself if and when you achieve what you set out to do. Sounds dumb, I agree, but the never ending hobby of procrastination will soon start to shed some weight off your shoulders.

4. Get your Act Together!

Leaving out the word “STOP” would be considered a crime against humanity. Why would I say that? You have to by all means stop giving excuses. I am a mastermind when it comes to excuses, and I know for certain that they are a limitation to all good that would have come out of you. I don’t suppose rhyming with reality and truth will do you any harm. As a matter of fact it will empower you. The moment you realize that procrastination is more of a disease than of a solution, excuses will be nothing but ancient history to you.


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    • RoadMonkey profile image


      2 years ago

      I find a motivation chart handy. I add up the points and get a monetary reward.

    • VationSays profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Thanks DaveOnline!

      FlourishAnyway that is actually a very practical and good idea that people should take up

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      2 years ago from USA

      I make a list the night before of what I plan to accomplish. This method really works for me.

    • DaveOnline profile image

      David Edward Lynch 

      2 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      I appreciate the advice you give on stopping procrastination. Self-discipline is one that I need to work on.

    • VationSays profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Hi Rachel! The glass is half full....and I know you know what you gotta do :)

    • Rachel L Alba profile image

      Rachel L Alba 

      2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I think I'm in the middle. I procrastinate about some things but are on top of some things.

    • VationSays profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago

      Hey Papillon and Dana...Glad I could help :) Let's keep reminding ourselves that "Procrastination is the thief of time". It's such a simple and common phrase that we tend to ignore its implications.

    • Dana Tate profile image

      Dana Tate 

      2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      I have been a procrastinator for years. It's hard for me to tackle tasks I hate doing. This year, in 2016 I made a promise to myself to do better.

    • Papillon man profile image

      Dale Tinklepaugh 

      2 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks, I needed that...

      A good reminder, short and sweet, of how to get stuff done, and a nice motivational pep talk!


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