Procrastination is a bad habit that many of us have developed over time – whether it be video games, the Internet or reading, basically any task that you perform that delays you from completing other, possibly more important tasks. Researchers have found that procrastination leads to depression, insomnia and an entire host of other issues that can even be life threatening!
I am guilty of procrastination myself, so these are four tips that I am using to break the cycle of procrastination and move toward a better life overall.
- Stop lying to yourself! Don’t try to tell yourself, “I’ll do it later.” Do it NOW! When you tell yourself lies, you then make up more lies to cover the original set of lies and it just snowballs.
- Set realistic goals and work toward them. One of my goals this week is to format my music collection into a easy-to-navigate file system. I’ve set the goal, now I can work toward it.
- Give yourself rewards for a job well done. If you complete a task by your self-imposed deadline, reward yourself! It doesn’t have to be something expensive or even a tangible item – give yourself 5 extra minutes online, or have a piece of your favorite candy!
- Stick to your deadlines! One of my most favorite cheats is to change the deadline repeatedly, so I can continue to procrastinate. It sounds like fun in the beginning, but I have chores and things-to-do that I’ve put off for months that way.
Do you have any tips for beating procrastination? Let’s hear it in the comments!
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