One Practical Way To Stop Procrastinating

Keep secretI have been delaying writing for some days now because i did not know what to write about. By Sunday evening (after three days of not writing), It occurred to me that i was just procrastinating and being mentally lazy. So I immediately brought out my notepad and pen from my bag and started writing down anything that came to my mind. I wrote for hours on end (can’t remember the exact number of hours though). At the end of the exercise, I looked at what I wrote and started laughing because everything was so disjointed. I don’t think I’ll ever use one-third of what I wrote but doing it made me feel good and I got three post ideas along with the idea for this article (yippee).

I also relearned a lesson from that experience which is- the solution to procrastination is to just do it. When it comes to issues like procrastination, people expect a long list of ways to beat it but the solution is to do something about it.  If it is something you can delegate so you can concentrate on more important things, please do so. If you need help, by all means ask for help. What’s important is that you take action immediately you realize you are procrastinating.

 So what have you been procrastinating?

Have you been putting off solving an issue, starting/completing a task or making a decision? Decide now to do it whether you feel like it or not. If something has been bothering you, find a solution to the problem and implement it. Don’t give excuses, even if it seems legitimate because in your heart you know you’re just procrastinating. My own excuse was writer’s block.

Once you start, you would have overcome the most difficult part to overcoming procrastination. When you start a task and keep at it, you’ll find that the positive feelings like the one I experienced will reduce your urge to procrastinate. By the time you get through to two-thirds of the task, the desire to procrastinate would have disappeared especially if it is going well. Sometimes I even forget to or, don’t want to stop the task because of how fantastic i feel at that point in time.

So practice this, following through until you’ve completed the task or done ‘it’. If you do this regularly, you are well on your way to breaking the habit of procrastinating. This is a process which may not be not easy (in my experience) and you may fail sometimes especially at the beginning. When you give in to the impulse to procrastinate (for whatever reason), don’t beat yourself about it, just ask God for strength, resolve and take action (try again).

Comments are welcome.

Emem Ita

Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

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Emem Ita
About Emem Ita

Hello, my name is Emem. I'm a marketing & social media strategist with a flair for reading, research, pretty shoes and luscious cake.

Learn how to turn your knowledge & expertise into income by building online influence. Interested? Simply send an SMS now with your name & email to 08061683126

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