8 ways to beat procrastination
You’re probably looking at your to-do list and getting a little bit anxious. There’s a lot to do today and, it might seem, not enough hours in the day to do it. Breathe and take a step back. Prioritizing will help you figure out what’s most important to do right now … or was tackling the most difficult task first the right way to do it?
A recent infographic from NeoMam Studios, a U.K.-based company that specializes in creating infographics that merge data from various sources, reveals that as many as one in five adults may be chronic procrastinators. The infographic gathered information from sources such as APA.org, Princeton.edu, Psychologicalscience.org and other publications.
And, get this: Contrary to popular belief, procrastination doesn’t necessarily equal laziness. Inaction is often caused by anxiety, fear of failure or negative perfectionism, according to the infographic.
But how you can stop the stress of not getting things done? Having faith in yourself, living in the present and setting realistic goals you can successfully achieve are some of the steps to stop procrastination in its tracks.
1. Know yourself…understand how procrastination affects your life
2. Commit to tasks…list your tasks that you’re confident you’ll complete, then mark them off the list
3. Be realistic…create estimates for completing assignments
4. Self-talk positively…ignore negative thoughts
5. Swiss cheese tasks…devote small chunks of time to a big task
6. Don’t indulge fantasies…instead devise practical steps
7. Plan for obstacles…list possible obstacles and plan countermeasures
8. Help yourself…reward your progress and learn to forgive yourself