Monday, October 6, 2008

3 Strategies to Overcome Procrastination

Here are 3 useful strategies to counter procrastination problem while dealing with important tasks related to your goals or your to-do list.

If you find yourself procrastinating and often putting off things and being guilty of not completing your to-do lists, then the below given tips can come in handy for you. Just read and try them out whenever you get the next opportunity. Who knows you might get a very pleasant surprise!

Useful Strategies for the frequent procrastinator
1. Remind yourself constantly about your goals:
When you have goals that are important to you and you do a good job of constantly reminding yourself of them, then you are likely to take action in the direction of your goals.

This strategy of reminding yourself about what you want to achieve can be a very good strategy to overcome procrastination and force yourself to complete important tasks.

You can constantly remind yourself of your goals by writing the down in bold, colorful and big letters and sticking them somewhere where you can see many times during the day. Also make it a habit of reading out your goals atleast twice in a day (preferably morning and evening) so that it stays fresh in your mind and you are easily motivated towards taking action.

2. Make a smaller "to do" list:

Its a very good habit to make daily to-do list of important activities which must be accomplished during that day. But the problem is that many times you may have many tasks in your to-do list and might not be able to do them all.

A simple strategy in such cases would be to make a smaller "to do now" list of activities which are more urgent, more important, or more easy from among your big to-do list. Then finish all activities from this smaller list.

This strategy can help you avoid procrastination and feeling overwhelmed when you have so many things to do. It can also keep you from getting distracted and focus on the really important things first.

By following this strategy, you can atleast get some activities done if not all from your original to-do list.

3. Try to finish as much of a task as possible:
This is another useful technique. Many times out tasks can take up a lot of time to complete. This can make us procrastinate and try to avoid them.

In such cases, a good strategy is to try and complete as much of a task as you feel like or is possible within a particular time frame. You can go back to the task later to finish off the remaining part.

This strategy is better than trying to finish off the whole thing at once if you feel it difficult. If you do not find any difficulty in completing the whole task at a single time then by all means do so.

But if you find some difficulty and tend to procrastinate because of it, then use this technique to good use. Try and take the task to the furthest point possible before quitting it. Sometimes you would have to repeat this cycle 2-3 or more for a single task before it is fully complete.

The above tips can be really useful if you care to try them a few times. After some time you may even add your own slight modifications to these techniques to best suit your needs.

It is said that habits can make or mar a man. Really successful people have strong habits which have stood them in good stead. If you too want to gain more control over your habits and want to know how to overcome bad habits which might affect your success, go to - Habit Busting in 21 Days or Less

Some More Resources for You:
1. Do you want to achieve goals and become a super-achiever in life? Do you want to stay focused and have concentration with regards to your goals? Do you want to know how to always have the motivation to go after your goals until you achieve them? Check out - Shawn Lim's Goal Setting Formula

There is another good resource to solve problems creatively and add quality to your work - 5 Step Problem Solving

Hope the article and the resources will be useful to you and provide you with long lasting benefits which you can use and re-use many times in your life.

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