Procrastination is actually your brain’s way of avoiding scary and unpleasant emotions – like depression, anxiety,and stress. For example, if you delay writing the paper, you can delay worrying about the grade you’re going to get on it. Unfortunately, though, this is only a temporary fix. When you realize you’re behind, you’re going to feel even more stressed than if you had just written it in the beginning!
So, how do you stop procrastinating once and for all?
1. Get organized.
Make a to-do list that includes both big and small things.
That way, when you complete tasks, you’ll get to experience
the joy of crossing things off the list. And, the smaller
your to-do list gets, the more you’ll look forward to
getting everything done!
2. Start with the most important task.
You may not like the most important item on the list, but
you need to start with it nonetheless. Once you’re finished
with it, you’ll feel much better.
In some cases, this can actually save you some money. For
example, you might hate to pay the credit card bill, but it
needs to be done – and the sooner you do it, the less you’ll
pay in interest and late fees.
3. Take one step at a time.
Anytime you can divide your work into smaller, more
manageable pieces, do it. That way, you’ll rarely have to
deal with something that’s completely overwhelming.
4. Stay organized.
If you really want to stop procrastinating, you’ll need a
calendar so you can write down all of your important dates,
appointments, and deadlines – for both your short-term and
long-term goals. Make sure you have the calendar nearby all
the time, so you don’t have to deal with any surprises
Be sure not to overbook yourself, because that’s a surefire
way to get more stressed out. And the more stressed out you
are, the more likely you are to procrastinate.
5. Work out a schedule.
Once you’ve got a routine, it’ll be easier to accomplish
things. Also, be sure to reward yourself for sticking to
your schedule. That way, you’re more likely to stick with
6. Be realistic.
No matter how organized and motivated you are, you’re still
human. You’re not going to be perfect at everything all of
Also, be realistic about delegating. Just because you’re the
boss doesn’t mean you can’t pass off work to your other
employees. If you always think you have to do everything
yourself, you’re always going to feel completely
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