There is nothing that can stop progress faster than the words “I’ll do that later.” That one statement is one of the largest examples of procrastination at work. Putting things off until another time is a sure way to guarantee that those same things will never be accomplished.
How to End Procrastination
- 1. Do it now – when the thought or idea comes to mind then act on it at that moment. Even if you only get a partial start on the project at least the project is under way. It means there is one less thing to do tomorrow.
2. Do one more thing – find one more piece of a project or step that you can take before you call it a day or just take a break. Pushing to complete one more task will help you to keep focus on the bigger picture.
3. Speak your goals. Verbalizing the things that you want to accomplish gives them life. It can be one of the best ways to get things moving in the right direction.
4. Ask for help. There is always someone who knows more about what you are experiencing than you know. Reach out to that person or persons. Be open to their advice and suggestions. Learn from their mistakes and triumphs.
5. Seek support. Surround yourself with people that will cheer you on to the finish line but that will also challenge you to cross. Meet with your encouragers on a regular basis.
Procrastination is the act of simply putting off until later what you need to be (and could be) doing right now. The problem is that later keeps getting later until it never shows up at all. Killing procrastination is one of the first and greatest steps towards the success that you desire.