How To Easily Stop Procrastinating

Everyone is occasionally guilty of procrastinating! Here are some very easy ways to stop procrastinating.

 

1. Try Positive Procrastination

If you are feeling super lazy, try using your procrastination to your advantage. You can leverage tasks by writing down a list of things that you need to do  – and then start by completing the easiest task. This methodical method means that you are much more likely to start working as you are setting yourself a fairly easy target.

Completing the easiest tasks first means that you can put off the hardest tasks, but it means that you are still working and getting into a productive flow. Once you have finished the first few tasks you will be feeling more productive so it will be easier to complete the difficult tasks, and they will seem less overwhelming as you will already have ticked a few things off your to-do list.

 

2. Work On Your Mood

If you are in a bad mood you are much more likely to procrastinate, as you are more likely to think that you should improve your mood by doing something fun.

When you are in a bad mood you are less likely to knuckle down and work, as you feel like you deserve to do something that makes you happy. On the other hand, if you are already in a good mood you won’t be thinking about how you can improve your mood, so you are more likely to work.

Try to improve your mood quickly by watching a YouTube video or chatting to a friend – but remember that you are improving your mood so that you can be productive!

 

3. Break Tasks Up

Big tasks can seem overwhelming, and one of the main causes of procrastination is the feeling of dread. The task seems so big that you know it will take a long time to complete, and this can be disheartening.

If you can relate to this, break the tasks up into smaller, more manageable chunks. Sure, writing a 10 page essay is overwhelming – but writing an introduction isn’t too hard, and you can do that in less than an hour.

What do you think of my suggestions? Do you think that they will help you to procrastinate less? Let me know with a comment!

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4 comments

  1. joelascott · May 25

    This is interesting. I believe it was Mark Twain who coined the term “eat your frog for breakfast”. This simply means begin every day by doing the hardest or least enjoyable task first. That way, psychologically everything else is pretty easy. You are saying to start with the easiest take first and work your way to the hardest.

    Curious to know if this has worked for you and those around you. I am a firm believer in Mark Twain’s approach but am always willing to try new things if someone else has successfully used them.

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    • The Twentysomething Social Recluse · May 28

      I do that sometimes – it depends on how productive I am feeling really! If I feel super unproductive I will start with the easiest task, but if I feel more productive I will start with the hardest! Thank you for your comment 🙂

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  2. The Otaku Judge · May 29

    At work I like to do the easiest tasks first. A big list of tasks is daunting, but by reducing it in size quickly it starts to feel more manageable.

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  3. Doctor Jonathan · May 29

    Your positive procrastination fits nicely with my positive approach to LONG TERM GRATIFICATION. Finding methods that address negative issues PRODUCTIVELY achieve better results.

    Great post!

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