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3. Block out the Distractions
This is definitely an obvious strategy, but if you can do it successfully, it can help you a lot from overcoming procrastination.
It is not easy, however.
The fact that Instagram or Reddit is just one click away is enough to distract you and it takes up a lot of will to fight the temptation all day.
To make your life easier, try removing the options altogether. If the work you are doing does not involve your phone, try switching it off and keeping it locked in a drawer for some time. If not, you can use softwares to block out the distracting apps. This will get rid of the constant temptation and will give you the energy to focus on your work instead of focusing on not getting distracted.
These are three foolproof ways for you to stop procrastinating and get work done on time. If you religiously follow this self-help guide, you can temporarily or even permanently get rid of the habit of procrastinating.
Do not expect overnight results, though. Everything takes time and practice. Start following these tips, and you will find that in a few days you will be able to resist the urge to procrastinate.
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Written by Abraham A.L
14th April 2019
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Do you often miss deadlines?
Do you find yourself accomplishing your tasks at the eleventh hour?
You may think that procrastinating is okay as long as you get the work done. However, it is extremely important for self-development and self-improvement that you stop procrastinating.
People come up with all kinds of reasons to procrastinate, sometimes you convince yourself you have more time than you need, sometimes it's due to laziness, and sometimes you procrastinate because you don't want to deal with something else first, it could be that the task scares you or makes you uncomfortable or maybe the task that you are undertaking involves major decisions to be made to accomplish it until it makes you procrastinate from doing all the small steps that you are required to take to accomplish it.
Here are a few tips and ways that can help you get rid of your habit of procrastinating.
1. Break Down your Project
The bigger, more boring, and tougher the project is, the more you would want to delay it. So if your goal feels intimidating, all you have to do is break it into smaller parts, analyze them and then make a plan of how you will take them on. Do not keep everything till the last day or don't feel as if you have to do it all in one day, break down the work over several days.
Tom Popomaronis, an E-commerce entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Opia Talk, follows this simple method to avoid procrastination. He believes that when you split your work over several days, you should let yourself feel the accomplishment after completing each day's work so you can encourage yourself to finish the rest.
2. Self Awareness
Procrastination usually falls under two categories:
● Difficulty in starting the task
● Getting distracted while working on the task
Both these types follow a similar pattern. You tell yourself that you should get started on the task, you get stressed out, or you get bored, you feel the urge to do something better, you convince yourself that you will start it soon, and before you realize, you are stuck in the vicious cycle of procrastinating again.
What you need is to figure out, how you started the act of procrastination; what is it that distracts you?
Does this happen every time? How can you stop it?
If you can convince yourself that you can start your work after five minutes every time, use your expert self-convincing skills to convince yourself that whatever it is that is distracting you can take the back seat until you finish your priorities
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