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How to Stop Procrastinating Tips

Updated on September 20, 2014

Why We Procrastinate

I believe we procrastinate because of fear or failure, or that we want things to be perfect so we don't even begin just waiting for that perfect time, among other things.

Procrastination makes easy tasks hard, and hard tasks impossible.

We all procrastinate from time to time, but it becomes a problem when we have something important to do yet we engage in trivial activity i.e watch a movie or something.

What to do about it

It is okay to procrastinate from time to time i.e after a long days work when your really tired, but it is not okay when you procrastinate about doing something for months.

A lot of people even i use to procrastinate saying i will do it tomorrow, but the thing is there is no tomorrow then it become a vicious cycle where you just keep putting it off. I paint but at times in the past i didn't paint for months saying to myself i don't feel like it today i want it to be perfect but the thing is there is no perfect time. So what i started to do and this works every time for me is that, i tell myself i have to do this today no matter or how badly i do it cause once i start its all downhill from there. "Starting something is half the battle won:.

There is no tomorrow - Rocky 3

We naturally procrastinate when we have to do something difficult, so what really helps me is to break them down into bits that is if i have to read a huge book and i don't feel like it, what i do is just read the introduction, cause once i do start something its much more easier.

How to eat an elephant?

A. One bite at a time

Set your goals

Set your goals

Its okay to have high expectations, but when we set the bar too high we are bound to get disappointed, ,because we ask too much of our self and any failure no matter how small is not expectable, and in turn we procrastinate or fully abandon the endeavor.

Failure is a part of success, without failure one cannot achieve success, “there can be no light, without darkness”.

We first learned how to stand, then walk, then run and jump. We cannot expect ourselves to do backflips before we even learned to walk. We will fall before we learn to walk, but we get up.

When I first begin something, I expect the least yet in the process, I up it a notch or 2 or 10.

When I first started my training in martial arts, I didn’t want to be a black belt, I just wanted that green belt and I thought how amazing it would be. Then I got promoted to green belt then my expectations were raised, then I wanted to be a brown belt. Now after years of training I have 3 black belts in 3 different martial arts.

It took me a decade to reach that, yet from the start if I had those high expectations, I wouldn’t have even begin the ordeal.

Greats Quotes on Procrastination

  • "Putting off an easy thing makes it hard. Putting off a hard thing makes it impossible." ~George Claude Lorimer

    "A year from now you may wish you had started today." Karen Lamb

    “To think too long about doing a thing often becomes its undoing.” Eva Young

    “If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” Olin Miller

    “You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

    “Do the hard jobs first. The easy jobs will take care of themselves.” Dale Carnegie

    “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.” Theodore Roosevelt

    “Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task” William James

    “Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they started.” David Allen

    "Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." ~Don Marquis

    "Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried." ~unknown author

    "You may delay, but time will not." ~Benjamin Franklin

    "The best way to get something done is to begin." ~Author Unknown

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I will be updating this page adding new content and information on how not to procrastinate

Please share your experiences on how you deal with procrastination, Any Suggestion or TIps.

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      MissTree 6 years ago

      I always procrastinate and end up cramming. Somehow I work best when I'm under pressure. It's a bad habit, I know, and sometimes it stresses me out. I hope you'll update soon, I'm sure procrastinators like me would love to read your lens.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      I keep putting off procrastinating until tomorrow, that's my problem.

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      John Dyhouse 6 years ago from UK

      Some good advice, I will be interested to see how you develop this lens, it has started very well.

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      Nicole 6 years ago from Bethel, CT

      I know procrastination all too

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      WriterJanis2 6 years ago

      Make a list and stick to it.

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      Shana rios Chavez 6 years ago

      its hard not to procrastinate i am the worlds worst if its something i dont want to do thanks for this lens

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Early each morning make a checklist comprised of 3 things. The things that you must do that day - the things that you want to do that day - and the things that you should do but that it does not really matter if they get done or not. Then attempt to do the must do things. Do at least some of the things that you want to do that day. Then if there is room for additional activities do a couple of the things that you should do but that do not matter if they get done or not and the remainder of this list you can pass on to the next day's list.

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      GenesisLabs 6 years ago

      Procrastination is the enemy to success. Nice lens in the battle to vanquish it.

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      oxfordian 6 years ago

      This is a terrible problem for writers too --- I, too, think the fear of failure is one of the most common reasons. After all, you can't fail at something you don't do. I find that reading something inspiring -- even if it is just a quote -- is sometimes enough to get me to push on. Especially if it is something from someone I admire who overcame an obsticle similar to my own.