How To Eliminate Procrastination From Your Life Forever

"How do I eliminate procrastinating from my life?"

"It's so hard to stop procrastinating. Help me stop!"

"I fail to even do the simplest things. I put everything off."

"I'm desperate to make radical changes in my life."

You procrastinate.

I procrastinate.

We all procrastinate.

The important question is, “how much?”

If you procrastinate way too much and you absolutely need to make a change fast, I have good news for you.

The good news is that you can banish procrastination from your life forever!

Adopt these seven strategies to start getting things done effectively and efficiently:

Admit That You Look For Diversions.

The vast majority of those who procrastinate do it by finding something else to focus on, rather than paying attention to the task at hand.

  • For example, your lawn needs to be mowed, but you see your neighbor and decide to go chat with him instead.
  • If you can acknowledge that you purposely look for distractions to avoid what needs to be done, you'll be on your way to curbing your procrastination.

What do you divert your focus to?


Think About How You'll Feel When You Complete The Task.

What will be different when you've completed the thing you've been avoiding? If nothing else, won't you feel relieved when the task is finally done? These thoughts can motivate you to take action.

How will do you feel after completing a task?


Consider How You'll Feel When The Job Isn't Finished.

If you continue to procrastinate, how will you feel about it? Use those negative feelings to your advantage as motivation to get the job done now.

How will you feel if the job isn't finished?


Stop Making Excuses.

Stop it! Maybe you think you'll do a poor job or you convince yourself you'll do a better job when you're down to the wire. You might even say to yourself, "I'd really like to get that done, but I'm in a time crunch now." Stop the excuses!

  • Recognize that these are empty excuses that just contribute to your procrastination.

What are your excuses?


Just Do It.

Nike made the saying famous and it applies here. Rather than spend time avoiding a task or wishing it was already done, just start it now.

Will you start right now (be specific)?


Set Goals and Make a List of What Needs To Be Done.

Jot down a list of things you've been procrastinating and putting off. Then, next to each task, write down your completion date. Set some achievable goals.

  • Use your calendar to ensure you have enough time.
  • Divide larger tasks into a series of smaller tasks and list each of those tasks on your calendar too. That will make it easier to see at a glance which tasks you intend to do each day so that you don't overwhelm yourself and can schedule a reasonable time in which to complete each task.

What are your goals?


Celebrate Your Successes.

When you complete a task you've been putting off, reward yourself. It might be a dinner out with a friend, a trip to see that new museum, or a relaxing pedicure. Be proud of yourself for stopping the cycle of procrastination.

How will you reward yourself?


Procrastination is the bane of existence for many of us.

However, with a few small changes, you have the power to change from procrastinator to action taker. Yes, it's possible!

Make a quick list of the things that need to be done and complete those tasks immediately.

Start small and simple.

You'll feel less weighed-down in life once you start accomplishing what needs to be done.

Wouldn't you rather feel light and free?

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