3 Steps to Overcoming Procrastination

Overcoming procrastination is important if procrastination is hurting your relationships, impacting on your work, and a barrier to your enjoyment and success. 70% of people have had a problem with procrastination at some point in their life.

But what is procrastination?

To put it simply, procrastination is the habit of putting off planned activities for activities of lesser importance.

If you find that you:

  • Regularly put things off, especially things that are difficult or important
  • Leave things to the last minute
  • Often arrive late for meetings and appointments
  • Lose focus easily on trivial matters
  • Regularly say to yourself “I will do it tomorrow”

......then procrastination could be impacting your work, relationships, and your happiness. 

Here I provide you with 3 steps to overcome procrastination

Step 1: Chunk your activities down

On June 20, 1995, Dick Miller completed eating the last chunk of a car.

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Legend has it that he started with two lug nuts and 5 years later finished by devouring the clutch hosing.

So when you are faced with a mountain of a project and you don’t know where to start, remember Dick Miller, and chunk your activities down.

Thankfully you don’t have to eat metal but the principle of chunking your tasks into manageable bit sized chunks is best done on paper. You can download your printable procrastination template.

Step 2: Know your causes of procrastination

Knowing your causes of procrastination is important to overcoming procrastination.

Do you procrastinate because you don’t want to do the task or find the task unpleasant? The more unpleasant the task the farther down the 'to do' list it goes. Here are some ideas on how to overcome procrastination when faced with unpleasant tasks:

Do you have too much to do or unclear goals and shifting priorities? With a dozen things that need to be done it can be difficult to decide which to start first! Often dealing with this cause of procrastination involves planning and scheduling your time. This clarity starts with personal goal setting.

Are you addicted to the adrenaline rush of the last minute deadline and you think you do your best work under this pressure? If you are addicted to the last minute, and you want to do something about it, then kick the procrastination habit.

Do you fear change or the failure that may arise from completing the task? If so then see these tips to overcome fear of failure.

Step 3: Tackle your hardest task first for overcoming procrastination

Everyone procrastinates to some degree. But the difference is that top performers procrastinate on unimportant and non-urgent tasks.

Most people's best focus and energy is in the morning. By tackling your hardest tasks (which are also most likely your most important) you get it out of the way and it doesn’t nag you all day.

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