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6 Ways to Overcome Procrastination & Boost Productivity

Updated: Apr 14, 2023


Procrastination is a common issue that many people face. It can be difficult to overcome, but with some effort, you can develop good habits and strategies to combat procrastination. In this blog, we'll look at some effective methods for overcoming procrastination and becoming more productive.


Divide tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks: One of the main reasons people procrastinate is because a task appears to be too difficult. It is easier to get started when a larger task is divided into smaller, more manageable chunks. Make a to-do list and divide objectives into smaller, more achievable actions. This allows you to concentrate on one task at a time, making the work less daunting. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.


Set attainable objectives: Setting realistic goals is critical in preventing procrastination. It is easy to put off a task that appears too difficult or impossible to complete. If you are putting together an event for 100 people, you probably don’t need to book a stadium. Maybe the local civic hall would work. When you finish your tasks, you will feel a sense of accomplishment, which will motivate you to keep working towards larger goals.


Make a schedule: Another effective method for defeating procrastination is to create a schedule. You commit to completing tasks by scheduling specific times for them. This will assist you in staying on track and avoiding distractions. Make a point of prioritizing tasks based on their importance and urgency. Proper time management is a great stress reliever especially when you’re getting closer to a deadline.


Remove all distractions: Distractions are a major impediment to productivity. It is critical to eliminate or reduce distractions as much as possible. Turn off your phone, close any unnecessary browser tabs, and find a quiet place to work. This will assist you in remaining focused and on-task. When I was a master sergeant in the US Air Force, there were times I had to just shut my office door for an hour and focus on the “5-meter targets” for the day to not get sidetracked when other people needed something. Not that their needs were unimportant, but unless it was an emergency it could wait a full 60 minutes.



Make use of positive self-talk: Negative Self-talk can play a significant role in procrastination. When you tell yourself you can't do something, it's easier to put it off. Instead, use positive self-talk to keep yourself motivated. Tell yourself you can do it and concentrate on your own strengths and abilities. This will assist you in remaining motivated and overcoming any obstacles.


Take frequent breaks: Breaks are essential for overcoming procrastination and being productive. Working for long periods of time without a break can cause burnout and fatigue, making it more difficult to stay motivated. Take brief rest and recharge breaks and use them to do something you enjoy. This will assist you in staying focused and motivated. I like the 50/10 rule: work for 50 minutes and take a 10-minute break. If you’re like me, you like to work through lunch, eating at your desk. Ok, if that’s what you need to do, fine. But make sure you don’t just inhale your food to get to the next task.


Overcoming procrastination is possible with some effort and dedication. You can increase your productivity and achieve your goals by breaking tasks into smaller, manageable chunks, setting achievable goals, creating a schedule, eliminating distractions, using positive self-talk, and taking breaks. Remember that overcoming procrastination is a process, and developing good habits takes time. You can overcome procrastination and achieve your goals if you are persistent and determined.


Cheers!


-ajt






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