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30 Ways to Overcome Procrastination

1. Put tasks you procrastinate over into a real Job Jar. Do one task from the Job Jar before you do anything else each day.

2. If you procrastinate on a certain task and not in general, the task is the problem – not you. Identifying the issue will help you fix it.

3. If you procrastinate because you hate doing it, you’re human. Try bribing yourself as shamelessly as possible.

4. If you love doing it, but find yourself procrastinating, you’re afraid of either failure… or success. (First step: Identify which one!)

5. Procrastination can be the result of mental clutter. Review your to-do list and eliminate everything not necessary today.

6. When perfectionists procrastinate, it’s especially hard. They’re dealing with the cause of the procrastination plus not being perfect.

7. There’s often a disconnect between a task and its goal. This leads to procrastination, so connect the dots by planning steps.

8. Procrastination isn’t always avoiding a task: We also sabotage ourselves by being overly busy with unnecessary tasks.

9. Are you researching the right facts on the right sites – or are you procrastinating by distraction? Learn to tell the difference.

10. Setting a goal can help overcome procrastination – but make the goal something immediate that you really want to do.

11. Set three goals for procrastination-busting success: An immediate small reward, a more challenging and a dream goal.

12. When fighting procrastination, use visual mind maps or vision boards to lay out complex tasks. Cross off or highlight components completed.

13. Do you ever procrastinate by *doing things*? You can call that “productive procrastination”. If so, write down your top three priorities for the day, and work on only those.

14. Procrastination is the small-child response of someone who doesn’t think she has power over her outcomes. How can you “grow up” today?

15. People who procrastinate put things off for “later”. Simple fix: Get into the habit of doing it “now”.

16. Doing a long-put-off project with a friend works because it not only holds you to a deadline but puts the fun into a hated activity.

17. With procrastination, the hardest step is the first one. Just do it. Write one word. Pick up the phone. Take out your tax file.

18. If you procrastinate say: “I’ll only do it for 10 minutes”. Do it. Even if you “can’t” go on, you’ll feel better for those 10 minutes.

19. To eliminate procrastination, toss your tasks into three “boxes” (lists?): Keep, donate and throw away. Then do it!

20. Use mantras to help yourself beat procrastination, such as: “I’m making success happen, one step at a time”.

21. Switch your self-talk up to positive and look for things to be thankful for: You’d be amazed how much this helps kill procrastination.

22. Find yourself endlessly researching before writing? Organizing before working? Assess to see if this is efficiency – or procrastination.

23. If you always procrastinate when facing a specific task, don’t sweat it: Outsource it instead!

24. Changing your self-talk from critical to solution-based, positive self-talk can help you get on top of procrastination.

25. Procrastination can be a signal that a task out of your comfort zone. Will you increase your skill set, delegate or outsource it?

26. If you procrastinate over a repetitive task you can’t outsource, try getting into the habit of doing it on a particular day and time.

27. Go through hated tasks that make you procrastinate and assign them a label: Delegate, Organize, Automate or Delete.

28. Procrastination may be a sign you’ve outgrown something or need to reassess and reorganize it so that it’s easier to do.

29. If clients procrastinate in sending you project specs, help them out by designing and providing helpful forms with prompts.

30. Unclutter your life. Clean up your inbox. Reorganize your office. Get rid of unnecessary tasks – and see if you now procrastinate less!