Five Tips To Help Stop Procrastination

February 19, 2013

ID-100138959We all procrastinate from time-to-time on certain projects that are difficult to complete. However, the initial step of getting a project started is often the most difficult part of the process. To help overcome your procrastination, your friends at Dale Carnegie Training of Central Ohio put together 5 quick tips to help you get the job done:

Get Yourself Organized — Organize your thoughts, create the necessary steps or files to start, and complete your project. This will also help you put each step in order—a process that will facilitate the completion of the project on a timely basis.

Set Up A Schedule — Create a schedule and post it in a conspicuous place so you can see what you have to get accomplished by a particular time. This will also serve as constant reminder of your goals. Reviewing your schedule at a meeting with others, or on a regular basis by yourself, will also help you focus on hitting certain benchmarks as well as flush out potential setbacks.

Get started — Sometimes we tend to visualize a project as a whole and get intimidated by the sheer size of everything that needs to be done. Realize you were given a certain project, because someone knew you could handle it. To help reduce and eliminate any fears of getting started, think about how you accomplished other difficult projects—one step at a time.

Reward Yourself — Tell yourself that you will take a coffee break or have a snack when you get a few areas of the project completed. This will keep you motivated. And don’t forget to get in that extra workout, too—it is a great way to relieve stress.

Let the End Justify the Means — Think about the finished project and how good you will feel when it is completed. This can give you the motivation to get started and make steady progress.

Staying focused on these 5 tips will help you complete any difficult project. Planning out the process will help you stay organized and keep you on track. It will also help you overcome the most difficult part of the process—getting started. And when tasks become particularly tiresome and tedious, just focus on the rewards and sense of accomplishment you will have when the job is completed.

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