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Overcoming Procrastination - 3 Secrets to Stop Procrastinating Quickly

Updated on May 8, 2013

Procrastination is one of the biggest dream killers. It keeps you from demonstrating your true potential and rusts your capability. Behind the devastating effects of the habit, do you know that procrastination is only a figment of your imagination? Overcoming procrastination is easier said than done for many people, who have been struggling to take control of any given situation. If you are looking for effective solution that you can do immediately, then you have come to the right place. This article presents the principles of procrastination, reasons to take action, and process of eliminating it. After reading this article, you should be able to improve your confidence to take action devoid of fear, worry, and hesitation.

Principles of Procrastination

The professional environment constantly presents you with choices and opportunities that you could take. However, there is only so much that you could do that you oftentimes fail to do anything in the end. When a new task or project overwhelms you, plan your course of action instead of renouncing without even trying. Failing to plan is planning to fail.

Never allow a task to overpower you. Take control by breaking a big task into smaller chunks of achievable workloads. A positive mental “can do” attitude coupled with organization skills will help clear unnecessary confusion that prevents you to focus. Manage each task accordingly and stick to your plans.

Taking immediate action is very important in overcoming procrastination. Every single step you make leads you to your end goal. As a golden rule, don’t let a day pass by without ensuring that you have done something to finish a task. As stated above, procrastination is a by-product of fear, worry, and hesitation. So, by taking immediate action, you are shoving procrastination away from your system.

Why Should You Take Action?

One of the quickest ways to overcome procrastination is to learn and use the power of immediacy. What can you do now? What action can you take right now that will move you closer to your goal? I do something, no matter how small, will immediately break your mental pattern of procrastination and put you back in control.

Taking immediate action will help improve your quality of life. Remember that procrastination may affect all other aspects of your life, including personal, relationship, and career. You could certainly prevent regret and precursor of depression to manifest if you begin to take action gradually. Remember, practice makes it perfect.

Taking the first step, even if it is small, is to create momentum, and you will almost automatically drive to take another step. Do not wait for everything to be perfect before you take the first step. Just do it. Just get it going. Often you will just know what to do next after taking that first step.

Kiss Procrastination Goodbye

There are many strategies and skills that you can use to overcome procrastination. You do not have to stuck or spin your wheels. Like any skill, you must learn and practice until you get good. Eventually, it will be an automatic response and you will develop the habit of action despite your fears and apparent limits.

Do you have any personal experience on procrastination? How did you overcome it? Feel free to leave a comment.

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      self-counsel 4 years ago

      Hi creativelycc! An overwhelming task is easy to manage if you break it into smaller tasks. We often find an excuse to not do something immediately because we linger on the thought that a big task is impossible to finish any way. Changing our attitude is key.

      Affirmation: "I am stronger than any excuse."

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 4 years ago from Maine

      How true, procrastination is so debilitating to our success. You explained it well, to break up projects into many smaller ones to get you to your goal. It always works. Thank you for this encouraging hub!

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      self-counsel 4 years ago

      Kathryn thanks! No hard and fast rules for overcoming procrastination. Goal setting, taking immediate action, and determination are important. It feels great to see a task done, rather than just knowing that you can get it done.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I used to be a big procrastinator! I'm glad those days are over.

      I like your quote, "failing to plan is planning to fail". Clever. I also like your tips on breaking tasks into smaller chunks, and taking immediate action. When I had problems putting things off, once I actually started doing it, I was very encouraged. It motivated me to keep going, as well as to get other things done that I had been putting off.

      Thank you for sharing this piece with us.