Four ways you can stop procrastination holding you back

Do you often make excuses to do what you know needs to be done? If so, here are four ways you can stop procrastination holding you back.

When it comes to big decisions in our lives, the easiest and quickest solution is to avoid them. Whether it’s changing your career, asking for a promotion or moving house, we all have a tendency to procrastinate. 

However, procrastination is only making your life more stressful and less productive. If you are struggling with procrastination, try out these top tips to have a more productive life. 

1) Motivate yourself to action

The main reason so many of us waste time procrastinating is because we are lacking motivation to get up and start a task.

Maybe the task is boring, tedious or just difficult to complete. Either way, it’s important to accept that big decisions are a part of adulthood. Besides, the sooner you make that decision, the sooner you can relax about it. 

Some of us enjoy the odd inspirational quote. Why not create a Pinterest quote board or follow a motivational Instagram account? This way, even if you fall into procrastination on your phone, the quotes will re-motivate you. 

2) Organise your life 

With work, family, friends, work-outs and everything in between – it can feel impossible to install any sort of order into your life. 

Get yourself a day planner. Make sure it’s pretty to look at and bold enough that you will never lose it. Top tip: A brightly coloured diary is far easier to find in the bottom of your handbag. 

Note down your important commitments this week in the planner and organise your meals, workouts and social events around them. If you plan your day and set weekly goals, you are less likely to spend hours scrolling on your phone. 

3) Meet your deadlines

By pushing back a deadline, you are only delaying the inevitable. We are all guilty of ignoring paperwork and missing a few deadlines. However, for professionals, procrastination can lead to serious financial consequences. 

For example, if a professional has let you down in any capacity consider hiring a professional negligence solicitor. Procrastinating seeking help could mean you are no longer eligible for any compensation that you could be entitled to, if you miss the deadline for claiming this.

4) Say goodbye to stress

If you can organise your tasks by urgency and importance, you never need to worry about missing a deadline or event. Build time into your day for you. For at least ten minutes a day allow yourself to scroll on social media, be by yourself and enjoy a cup of coffee. 

We are all human and sometimes we need a moment to relax. By installing productivity in every area of your life, you might just be surprised by how much extra time you have. 

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