How to Stop Procrastinating?



ProcrastinationProcrastination means to put off doing something, especially because of habitual carelessness or laziness. Its proven that Procrastination stems from habit and to get rid of this habit new habits will be needed. But cultivation of new habits demands time and commitment.  
Procrastination is the intentional and habitual postponement of an important task that should be done now.
It can be cured but you need to understand the cause for procrastination, then develop strategies to fix it.
It is important to recognize the difference between an appropriate decision to delay, and an irrational postponement without justification.
You can fix procrastination by working on a) tasks and b) your environment:

TASK STRATEGIES

1. Complete Unpleasant tasks First
Unpleasant tasks rarely turn out to be as bad as you think.
Complete these tasks first. Schedule them for early in the day. Give yourself a reward for doing them.

2. Break the Complex Projects
Sometime we make task bigger without trying it. The job is too big or will take too long to do now, so you put it off.
Break large jobs into smaller, more manageable tasks. Plan and complete a started task, no matter how small it is.

3. Indecision
People delay because they can’t make up their minds. l
Determine a time for making a decision and the criteria for making it. Share your deadline with someone else.

4. Fear of failure (lack of self confidence)
People don’t want to face the consequences of failure, so they delay. (Some people suffer from fear of success too!)
Develop a clear mental picture of the completed task and how you will feel at that time. Maintain a focus on the end result, not just the process. Remind yourself how good you’ll feel when you’re finished.

5. Lack of interest
You are tired or lazy. You’re just not very interested in the task.
Reward yourself for accomplishments. Go out for special lunches when major projects are completed. Schedule the task for when you will be at your peak.

6. Set a timeline for Perfect
People delay because they want to get the project perfect.
Set deadlines for yourself. Tell other people your deadlines and encourage them to check up on you.
Maintain your high standards, but recognize that sometimes 80% for you may well be 100% for someone else. Don’t spend hours conducting a detailed cost breakdown when a rough estimate would suffice.

7. Hostility towards a boss
People delay because they don’t like the person who assigned the task.
Review with your boss what exactly is needed. Clarify the expectations.
Make a game out of unpleasant tasks. Give yourself points, or do a running commentary on yourself as you do the task.

8. Distraction, lack of focus
Sometimes losing concentration causes delays.
Create a to-do list with priorities.
Block your time for projects.
As you get distracted from a work project, make a rule that you are not allowed to move out of your chair, make a call, surf the net, pick up a book etc. until you return to your task.
Complete something. Make a very small task for yourself and finish it. Then, make another one.

ENVIRONMENT STRATEGIES
1. Tailor your environment for work. Close your door, clean up the clutter on your desk.
2. Remove distractions such as water coolers, snacks, in-boxes, coffee machines and magazine racks.
3. If you work at home, treat your office as an office. Don’t go out to lunch before lunchtime or watch television before the end of the day.
4. Tell your family that you are not to be disturbed in your home office.

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