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How to Avoid Procrastinatiion

Updated on January 28, 2019
Stop Procrastinating
Stop Procrastinating

Avoid Procastination With These Tips

I am sure even the most motivated individuals out there still procrastinate. I am still working on my procrastination myself but have drastically improved my willingness to get things done that I simply don't want to do. I hope these tips help you, as much as they have helped me.


Find Joy

In order to stop seeing the task as unjoyful and boring you should try to find something about the task that will bring you joy.

Find Joy in the Most Dreaded Task in order to Avoid Procrastination

It is easy to do things we want to do but it is a whole different story if that task is not fun or easy for us. You can plan on doing something but not want to so much that you procrastinate. However there is usually always something about the task that will bring joy if it is done.

For Example, if your task is getting the dirty laundry done. This task can seem dreadful and boring but if you look at it in a different light you might find that it would be very nice to get it done. Try to think about how all your favorite t-shirts will be clean so that you can wear them again, or how the stress and clutter will be gone. Which will in turn make you happier and more concentrated. Whatever aspect of the task brings you a little bit of joy is the aspect you should focus on that and work for that.

If you can successfully look on the bight side of the task, rather than concentrating on the dread you may find that you are more willing to get it done. There is usually always something to look forward to with the task being done. Even your own pride can be the drive you need. The key is to focus on the good and not the bad.


Just Get Started

If you start a task you are more likely to finish it

Get Started on Big Tasks

When looking at a large task you may feel a little overwhelmed. You may see the big picture as very difficult and the fact of the matter is it may be big and difficult. But you will not get anywhere if you do not start. You may be thinking "well, DUH!". If you don't get started it obviously does not get finished. My point is if you do just a little bit you are more likely to come back and continue working on the task at a later time. You can take pride in the little bit you accomplished and this may improve you mindset about the task at hand, helping you get more done.

Breakdown Tasks

If you have a large task that seems impossible to get done it is useful to break it down.

Breakdown Large Tasks into Small Tasks

If you have a big large task that seems overwhelming create as many small task out of it as it takes to get it done. Write a task list out starting with what you need to do to get started and end with the small task that will complete the large task. If you wanted to clean out your garage. It may seem packed full and impossible to finish but if you broke it down into small tasks, like categorizing objects, finding designated locations, donating unused items or just choosing to go through a box at a time are useful ways to work through the task by using smaller tasks.

As you mark off the tasks you have accomplished and work your way to completing the big task you will find that it is not as daunting. Each task you finish will reinforce your motivation and help you keep working towards the big picture. You will find yourself feeling proud that you have finished each little task instead of feeling like your are getting no where and being discouraged.

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    • Leiahm profile imageAUTHOR

      Leiah Watkins 

      2 years ago

      Thanks for reading and commenting Robert!

    • Robert Sacchi profile image

      Robert Sacchi 

      2 years ago

      Very good tips. You are right, the best way to get a task done is to start doing it.

    • Leiahm profile imageAUTHOR

      Leiah Watkins 

      2 years ago

      Thanks Dina! Its nice to hear you enjoyed it! Our mind is a powerful thing sometimes we just need to shift our thoughts :)

    • thedinasoaur profile image

      Dina AH 

      2 years ago from United States

      Your take on this topic was soothing. More specifically, I liked how each tip handled procrastinating with a calm approach. Like, when you talked about laundry as an intimidating chore for some, you encouraged readers to evaluate why this task is important and why it will feel better in the long run.

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