How to Overcome Procrastination

I have yet to meet one person who has never procrastinated on anything. We've all done it from time to time, dragging our feet to take the first step in a task or project. However, there are some people who have actually been able to beat it. With the following strategies in place, you too can get things done once and for all. 

Identify the Source

There is typically a root cause for our procrastination. Ask yourself some questions to figure out why you're putting things off. Are you afraid of rejection? Afraid to fail? Whatever it is, once you know why you're putting it off, you'll be in a better position to address it and conquer it. 

Break It Down

Simplify a large or tedious project by breaking it down into smaller parts. For instance, if you've been putting off blogging, there are multiple things that need to happen before you have a completed blog post. Break it down into manageable steps so it is easier to accomplish. Start by picking a topic, then researching the topic, draft an outline, write the post, create the graphic, proofread and place post into blogging platform and then schedule in blogging platform to be published. Now that you know what all need to do you can pick a day to do each task. 

Set the Mood

Atmosphere can make a difference in how productive we are. Do you need to shut the door to your office to concentrate? Or do you work better at a coffee shop? Know what environment works best for you to thrive and be productive. Personally, I like to light candles and play music to get in the zone to work.

Get an Accountability Partner

Working with an accountability partner helps you stay on track. We typically don't want to appear lazy and unmotivated to others, so it's good to have someone we have to report to so we do what we say we’re going to do. For an added incentive, create a bet with your partner that if you don’t accomplish the task, you have to buy them lunch or pay them $20 or pick whatever “punishment” that will motivate you to get it done. .

Do the Work

The only want to truly overcome procrastination is to do the work. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Once you sit down to tackle something, it becomes much easier to finish it or at least make a dent in it. Give yourself a chunk of time to work on the given task and then devote your complete attention to working on it without distraction. Just getting into the flow of doing what you’re supposed to do will motivate you to keep going and put you in a good mood. 

Anyone can become a productive person. The above strategies will help you beat procrastination and actually get stuff done.