11 Practical Ways to Stop Procrastination

  1. Break your work into little steps. Part of the reason you procrastinate is because subconsciously you find the work too overwhelming.
  2. Change your environment. Different environments have different impacts on your productivity.
  3. Create a detailed timeline with specific deadlines. Having just one gives you the impression that you have time and keep pushing everything back.
  4. Eliminate temptations. If you are procrastinating too much, maybe that’s because you make it too easy.
  5. Cultivate people who inspire you to take action.  The people you are with influence your behavior.
  6. Find a friend. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans.
  7. Tell others about your goals. Tell all your friends, so that when you see them, they ask you about your status on those projects.
  8. Seek out someone who has already achieved the outcome. Seeing living proof that your goals are achievable is one of the best triggers for action.
  9. Re-clarify your goals. Take some time to regroup yourself.
  10. Stop over-complicating things. If you keep waiting for the perfect moment, you are never going to accomplish anything.
  11. Just do it. At the end, it all comes down to taking action.
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