How to Avoid Procrastination

A Complete Guide

What *is* Procrastination?

So, what does this have to do with procrastination? Well, procrastination is often a product of fear.

Step One: Acknowledge Your Fear

The first step to avoiding procrastination is to acknowledge your fear. Determine the reason WHY you have a habit of procrastination so that you can start to think around your emotions. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Why is this particular assignment, project, or task stressing me out?
  • Do I have high expectations for myself that I’m not sure I can meet?
  • Do I feel like I need to live up to previous work I’ve done in the past?

Step Two: Establish Your “Why?”

The second step to avoiding procrastination is to establish WHY you want to stop procrastinating. Is it because it’s the only way to break through to the next level of success? Because you want to be the kind of person who keeps their word and gets their stuff done on time? Because you want to enjoy free-time later? What will the consequences be if you keep procrastinating?

Step Three: Remove Distractions

The next step to avoiding procrastination is to make sure your environment is conducive to productivity. Remove all distractions from your space. I’m a big fan of turning off my phone and putting it in my sock drawer so I’m not tempted to scroll on social media or answer messages.

Step Four: Take Immediate Action

Finally, the last and most important step is to take immediate action. As soon as you realize that you are procrastinating, or that you are even thinking about procrastinating, it’s vital that you take immediate measures to start working on the project you need to work on, even if it’s just a tiny amount.

Final Thoughts…

Just like how I overcame my fear of watching scary movies, when you find yourself procrastinating, take a moment to change from a reactive state to an active state. Let the project or assignment or chore you’re supposed to work on know it can’t scare you. When you acknowledge your anxiety’s presence, you take the first step towards removing it.

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