Procrastination is a major stumbling block to success. We waste so much time trying to avoid difficult and unpleasant tasks that we set ourself up for failure.
There are two major causes of procrastination. The first major category is Avoidance. We procrastinate to avoid overwhelming tasks, difficult tasks, unpleasant tasks and to avoid change. The second category is fear and anxiety. We procrastinate because of our fear of failure, fear of success, fear of criticism, fear of making mistakes and fear of rejection.
If we keep in mind that procrastination is only a habit, and habits can be changed, we can find some hope for changing how we respond to different situations.
Try these different techniques for ending procrastination. Some will work better than others. Keep the ones that work and forget the rest.
1. Do unpleasant tasks first and get them over with.
2. Take unpleasant or difficult tasks and break tham down into small steps and then tackle them one at a time.
3. Give yourself a deadline and let others know what it is. If you meet your deadline, give yourself a reward.
4. Get help from someone. There is no rule that you have to do everything yourself.
5. Delegate the task to someone else.
6. Do the easiest part first so you can get started. Once you are moving, it is easier to continue.
7. Consider the cost of putting the task off. What future problems might be created because you are not taking care of current business? What could happen if you put off your stop smoking or lose weight program? What might happen if you put off going to the doctor to check on that pain you've been having? What will the cost be to you for not completing that project at work on time? Fixing a problem early (even when you don't want to know there is a problem) is always easier than having to fix the mess after it's been going on for awhile. Think cheap and do it now.
8. To control your anxiety and fear, there are many types of stress management and relaxation techniques you can learn. Don't let these feelings keep you from becoming successful. Here are two easy ways to learn to relax. Sit down or lie down, make yourself comfortable, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths and as you exhale, begin to let your tension go. Next, visualize that there are little faucets at the end of each finger and each toe. The faucets are turned on and all the stress and tension in your body is pouring out of you. As you visualize this, let your body go and become totally relaxed.
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