How To Stop Procrastinating

Do you struggle to stop procrastinating? Many people wake up hoping for a productive and focused day, but then procrastination strikes. Don’t let your days be unproductive; check out 7 ways to stop procrastinating.

1. Make a practical to-do list; instead of writing down the things you know you will get done no matter what, write a list of the jobs you don’t like doing – then set a deadline.

2. Make sure you are doing the right things; there are lots of things you can be doing, and only a few things that will NEED doing. Focus on completing the tasks that need doing first, and move on to the other, less important tasks once you’ve finished.

3. If you have a long and difficult task to complete, break it down into smaller chunks to help you feel less overwhelmed. This way, you will notice that you are accomplishing things while working on the task, which will help you to stay feeling motivated.

4. Take away temptation; remove all possible distractions before you start working. If you struggle with social media, consider downloading Cold Turkey; this app allows to temporarily block websites while you work to help you stay focused.

5. Implement consequences; think of one of your little treats, from chatting online to friends to having chocolate cake for pudding. If you don’t finish the task, take away your reward for the day to make sure you won’t do the same again the next day.

6. Reward yourself; if you finish this long project, you can treat yourself to a trip to the cinema. Rewarding good work will help you to be productive during the day – and it means you’ll have a great evening, too!

7. Tell other people about your intentions. Once other people know about your work commitments, you may feel more obliged to finish them. After all, it is pretty hard to come up with a reason for why they haven’t been finished – other than pesky procrastination! Good luck staying motivated!

What did you guys think of this post? Sometimes I can really struggle to stay motivated – you may have noticed this in my post ‘A Day In The Life Of A Freelancer’! However, these tips do help me personally to stay focused and make sure I have a productive working day. Do you have any other tips that work for you? I’d love to hear them!


  1. Isabella · July 20, 2015

    I think this is a great post, and I love the advice. Have a wonderful day:-D

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · July 20, 2015

      Thank you Isabella for reading my posts and commenting! I am really happy that you enjoyed reading 🙂

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      • Isabella · July 20, 2015

        You are more than welcome. I definitely enjoy reading your posts:-)

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  2. slowmotionsmile · July 20, 2015

    Great tips! Especially doing the things that actually need to be done first – I think my problem is always wasting time wish doing not-so-important stuff haha

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · July 20, 2015

      I am exactly the same – I try to do all of the easy jobs first and then I think I’ve earned a break haha. Thank you for commenting – I’m glad you enjoyed my post! 🙂


  3. aFrankAngle · July 21, 2015

    Good tips. To your writing question, here’s a questions that you must answer to yourself … Why are you blogging? What do you expect to get out of blogging? … just stuff to ponder.

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · July 21, 2015

      Haha I personally started blogging to connect with other writers and freelancers – working from home can get lonely 🙂 What about yourself?


      • aFrankAngle · July 21, 2015

        Not professional, but personal – Just to share perspectives through writing. You may enjoy the series I have with the current post. (the 4th of 5) … and the previous 3 are linked at the end.

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  4. The Otaku Judge · July 21, 2015

    Good advice. So many days I intend to work on my blog, but then waste away the time watching Youtube clips.

    I will be sure to follow these tips… later.

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · July 24, 2015

      Hahah I can relate to that. Productivity is so close… Just around the corner :p

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  5. hsampson · July 22, 2015

    Loved it! thanks! #4 not so easy but I´ll proceed immediately to number #6! 😉

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · July 24, 2015

      Hahaha I can relate to that – It’s important to reward yourself 😉

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