Last week I wrote about the most common causes of procrastination: negative perceptions of the task, poor time management or organization, feeling overwhelmed, low self-confidence, distractions, and perfectionism. Now it’s time we get to solutions for your procrastinating!
When you identify what’s causing your procrastination, it’s easier to find the right solution.
Problem: Negative perceptions of the task
Solution: Procrastinators focus on the negative aspects of the task (it’s difficult, it’s boring, I don’t know how to do it). By recognizing this type of negative thinking, you can change it to focus on more positive or realistic aspects of the task (I like learning new things, it’s a good opportunity, it probably won’t take as long as I think).
Problem: Time management/organization
Solution: There are lots of great tools to help organization and time management such as calendars, to-do lists, reminders or alerts. You can find high-tech apps for many of these things or go old school with a post-it note on your refrigerator.
Procrastinators also find it helpful to start with the most challenging task first and commit to a certain amount of time, such as 15 minutes, to help get them started.
Rewarding yourself for beginning and completing tasks can also be motivating.