Avoiding Procrastination: Why and How

Procrastination is something most of us suffer from on an everyday basis. Fortunately, it’s also something that is purely mind over matter to overcome.

Procrastination excuses we usually make to justify it:

  • I can always do this tomorrow, there’s not enough time to do finish this today.
  • I work better under pressure, I’ll wait until it's almost due and then the work will be even better.
  • This is such a lengthy project, I don’t even want to think about it yet, I’ll put it off for one more day.
  • I don’t really need to do this yet; it can wait until sometime in the future.

    All of these excuses inevitably lead to the day when the deadline is close and you actually have to finish the task. And while most people do manage to get it done under that time pressure, working that way does not always produce the best results, and allows less time to proof and make it perfect.

    5 ways to minimize procrastination and maximize motivation:

  • Ensure a distraction free environment to ensure you reach your maximum potential, especially for intellectual pursuits.This will guarantee your mind is completely focused on the task at hand and you’ll always get the best results.
  • Start projects immediately whenever you get the time. Once you start something and get into the flow of it, you’d be surprised how easy it is for you to finish it. You can always modify the task and make changes as you go along. Getting that first start is vital.
  • Mix up your projects and assignments so you’re not doing the exact same thing every day. Keeping things fresh will make them more interesting and attractive for you to work on, and you’ll be less likely to procrastinate them.
  • Keep your thoughts positive and active, and realize it whenever you’re entering a cycle of procrastination. Here is where you will need to address mind over matter. Recognize the reasons which are making you procrastinate the project and fix them by using points 1 and 3. Sit down and break the project up into consumable parts that are less daunting.
  • Eat well, sleep well and get exercise. A healthy mind and body is less likely to procrastinate. You’ll feel better, you’ll be more upbeat and active, and more optimistic about accomplishing your goals sooner rather than later.