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How to Overcome Procrastination and Laziness

Updated on February 28, 2020
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Have you been wondering how to overcome procrastination and laziness?

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline.

It could be further stated as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences.
-Wikipedia

Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing a task or several tasks.

We all have been guilty of this and so here are 15 hacks that will help us overcome procrastination.

1. Make a to-do list

Preparing a to-do list will save your time and help you to better organize yourself

This will result in motivating you to finish your tasks well on time.

This way you will be able to stop procrastinating.

2. Categorize tasks as important or urgent

Another thing that will help overcome procrastination is to categorize your tasks as important and urgent.

There are tasks that are important and this should be given priority.

Then their tasks that are urgent but not I'm bored important give them a priority.

By categorizing your tasks into two groups, you will be able to accomplish all your tasks easily and on time.

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3. Take care of tough jobs during your peak hours

Some people advocate finishing your tasks during your peak hours or during the times when you are most active and alert.

Right, on the other hand, some people advise finishing the easy jobs first.

This is what gives you momentum.

And doing those jobs when you are in momentum becomes easier.

I personally feel that whatever works for you, just go for it.

4. Take fast actions

The problem with procrastination is to overcome the inertia.

Once the inertia is overcome then rapid action can follow up.

One way to take fast action is to think about the future benefits that

you will be getting as a result of taking these actions.

5. Develop a rapid action mentality

It all starts in the mind.

If you have the mentality of taking action fast, then it will manifest itself in your actions.

Try to develop the mentality of taking action fast and early.

If you do this, your actions will sync with your mentality.

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6. Use tools to do things fast and systematically

These days there are tools available for almost anything under the sun.

If your tasks are mainly online then there is a huge range of online tools available for you to make your tasks easier.

There are tools to manage your emails.

There are tools to manage your time.

There are tools to manage your calendar or schedule.

There are tools for almost anything you want to do online.

Use these tools to accomplish your tasks systematically as per your schedule.

7. Use things like post-its and stickers

Other than online software, there is stationery available to make your tasks easily achievable.

Use stationery like post-its and stickers to write mini messages.

These mini messages will act as reminders and help you finish your tasks on time.

8. Ask people to hold you accountable

One of the easiest ways for completion of tasks on time is to make yourself accountable to someone else.

Having an accountability partner could the best thing that ever happened to you.

Even though it may be tough at times having to give an account of yourself to somebody else it can help you to develop personally beyond your wildest imaginations.

It would be a good practice to announce your goals to people and ask them to check up on you from time to time.

9. Learn to value time

Teach yourself to value your time and other people's time.

Understand that time is a costly commodity.

Some people say time is money and that is true.

In fact, time is more valuable than money because money can be replenished but time is limited.

Understand the value of time and you will drive out procrastination out of your life.

10. Come out of your comfort zone

Develop the habit of doing things on time.

This means that you will have to come out of your comfort zone.

But soon you will realize that life out of the comfort zone is the best life there is.

This also helps you to stop procrastinating.

11. Set a deadline

Another easy and effective way to overcome procrastination is to set reasonable deadlines for your tasks.

What this will do is that it will improve your sense of urgency.

This sense of urgency will drive you to finish your tasks on time.

12. Avoid all sorts of distractions

Another main reason why people procrastinate is because of distractions.

Not all distractions are ba, but they don't contribute to accomplishing your tasks at the moment.

Therefore they will become hindrances to your accomplishing tasks.

These distractions will, therefore, delay the accomplishment of your tasks.

So it is important that you remind focused on your tasks and not devote your attention to unnecessary things.

13. Take small breaks

The human body is made in such a way, that it needs to take small breaks to function in an optimal manner.

Thus, you need to take breaks every now and then to recharge your body and your mind.

That way, you will be able to accomplish your tasks on time.

14. Break up bigger tasks into smaller chunks

Another hack is to divide big tasks into smaller tasks.

It becomes easy to handle and does not overwhelm you.

Always divide bigger tasks into small achievable tasks.

15. Just do it

Last, but not the least, I would advise you just do it.

Ultimately it's your commitment and dedication to the task that will get it done.

So don't be bothered about a whole lot of things, but just concentrate on your work and go for it.

By utilizing these 15 hacks you can be sure of striking out procrastination out of your life forever.

Just apply these principles in your life and get free from procrastination.

Increase your productivity and enjoy a life that is fulfilling and happy.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Nitin Khaire

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    • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

      Nitin Khaire 

      7 weeks ago from Mumbai

      Yes, today is the right time to do anything. Tomorrow will be late.

      If we get rid of procrastination from our lives, it will transform our lives beyond our wildest imagination.

      This is one frog that we have to eat as per Brian Tracy.

      So many goals remain unaccomplished and so many dreams remain dreams because of procrastination.

      We have to deal with this enemy in a big way.

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      Halemane Muralikrishna 

      7 weeks ago from South India

      One thing everyone must understand that there is no sweet time other than "now". So a do it yourself and do it now attitude has to be developed by the youth. Not only youth, everyone, including authors, has to understand that lost time cannot be regained. Knowing this one must work hard and humble oneself to be useful for the society.

      So, as you mentioned, by overcoming the wishes of comfort zones and being accountable, one can gain in the long run.

    • nitinkhaire profile imageAUTHOR

      Nitin Khaire 

      7 weeks ago from Mumbai

      I am so happy to know that my article was helpful to you.

      Thank you for the positive feedback and also for using screenshots of my article to help you during your exams.

      I am humbled. I will surely keep writing more articles to help my readers in self-improvement and personal development.

    • Rohan Kalonia profile image

      Rohan Kalonia 

      7 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Thanks Nitin sir, I actually needed this. Exams are on the head and I am taking screenshots of this article as I found it very helpful. Keep writing! keep helping!

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