How to Defeat Procrastination
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If you know you have the condition of procrastination, you have made a start toward finding a way to cure it. There are many ways to deal with procrastination. It just takes acceptance of the fact you are a procrastinator that will get you started. After all, you can't cure something that you don't admit you have.

After you have accepted the fact you are a procrastinator, there are ways you can deal with procrastination. These ways include:

  • Take stock of the way you make decisions. If you take too much time making decisions because you are afraid to try, wanting it to be perfect, perhaps you need to look deep inside yourself to see why you feel that way. You may want to take on the assignment, but take it one step at a time instead of looking at the whole assignment at once. This way you won't get bogged down or overwhelmed with what you are facing. The procrastinators who tried this claimed it worked.
  • When you do a project, break it down into manageable steps, have a specific time frame set for each part and focus on completing that part for that time allotted. Make sure this allotted time is within your scope or abilities to get it done. You wouldn't want to underestimate the time and find you are under pressure to get it done.
  • Try to plan your activities throughout the day so you can give yourself time for relaxation. This is important. Because if you work too much, you will burn yourself out. Not only that but if you reward yourself with relaxation time, you are in fact giving yourself credit for some desired time out. This will help prevent you from having resentment over the chore you have to undertake.
  • Any time you take on a task, monitor your steps closely. Take small steps and watch for any distractions that can occur. When a problem occurs, or you have a feeling about something, handle it immediately. Don't put it off. Your feelings may be founded or may not be. The important point is to face your fears head on and understand why they happen. Then take the proper steps to correct them.
  • If you are a perfectionist, try to remember that nothing is perfect, no matter what. Therefore, go into a task with one goal in mind - to do your best. Do not put a lot of expectations on yourself except to complete the task at hand in the time frame you set for yourself. This will help you to overcome the condition of perfectionism.

Besides the above methods, you also have to take other steps so you can overcome certain characteristics that prevent you from living a fruitful life. One point of reference is to look at fear and understand why you have it. You have to understand the fear, identify what it is, and learn how to overcome it. The best way to describe this is with an example. Let's say you were looking for a job and you keep getting rejected over and over. Because of this you decide not to pursue finding another job. Why did you decide to stop searching just because you were rejected? Perhaps the reason you were rejected was because you kept going after jobs that did not fit your skills or qualifications. Perhaps you did not perform the interview properly. Maybe your resume wasn't written correctly. There are so many variables to consider. The one thing you have to realize is that rejection does not mean you have to take it as an absolute. Rejection does not mean anything personal. If you are not sure, you need to speak to a counselor who can examine your resume and provide a critique on your job search and interview skills, to determine where you are lacking. By seeking a counselor, you stand a better chance of getting good results with your job search.

If you have problems with meeting appointments on time, try to plan your day earlier. Get up sooner in the morning so you have plenty of time to prepare. Then leave at least an hour before your scheduled time, this way you can overcome any obstacles that may come your way as you seek to get to your destination. It is also good to get a calendar so you can mark your appointment down. This way you can see your appointments at a glance. It would be good to have an appointment book to take with you when you leave home so you can keep track of your appointments. Having reminders in front of you all the time will help you in your efforts to improve making appointments on time.

When you make plans, only plan at least a week ahead of time. Do not go beyond that, otherwise you may overburden yourself and start panicking. After you have completed one week, plan for the next week. Keep doing this each week for as long as you need to.

And when it comes to doing any task, do not take on the whole thing at once. Instead, break the task down into meaningful chucks. This way you won't get overwhelmed with so much to do at the same time. You will only have the small part to look at and this will help you get the job done faster and easier. When you have completed the first task, proceed to the next task. Keep doing this each and every time you complete the task and you will find the whole project will get completed without your backing out of it. You'll be amazed at what you did when you look back and see what you accomplished. Remember to break down each task into smaller bits until you become comfortable enough that you can do a task without breaking it down more.

The most important consideration for you to think about regarding procrastination is that you have to recognize all self-defeating problems such as fear, anxiety, inability to concentrate, bad time management, being indecisive, and perfectionism.

You also have to identity and write down your goals for whatever you choose to do. If it is a task that you have been assigned to do, then write down your goals on paper and keep track of what you do. Do the same thing with regards to your strengths, weaknesses, values, and priorities. You must record everything. This way you can refer to it every day. This will help you tremendously in both the short and long run.

When you look at your values, you will know what you believe and what you don't. You will understand what your true self really is and where you stand on many issues you are confronted with each day.

Priorities help you to keep organized. Putting your priorities down in the order they need to get done and looking at that list frequently as you work, will help you immensely to overcome your anxiety of not getting the work done. It is like going to the store with a shopping list. As you shop for what you want, you see the item and place it in your cart. Then you check that item off your list. This is exactly what you do with your priorities. You simply write them down and proceed to take them on one at a time. As you complete the task, you check it off. This really is a great way to make sure everything gets done, and you'll be surprised at how you managed to complete each task in a timely fashion.

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