The truth is, most of us procrastinate about things we dislike or find difficult. When you procrastinate on projects or chores that you dread, how do you feel when the deadline is approaching? Even more paralyzed? So your procrastination has taken a tough situation and made it even tougher.
Next time a tricky project is looming, instead of putting it off and increasing your stress, try these suggestions instead:
Ask for help. Sometimes we procrastinate because we don’t have everything we need to complete the task. Is there a friend or colleague you can ask for help or advice? Is there a book or article that you can get from the library to guide you? Gather the resources you need and the task will be less overwhelming.
Just do it. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part, but once you’ve hurdled that obstacle, you can keep up the momentum and push through. Cast out the judgmental perfectionist voices and just do something.
Take baby steps: Once you’ve broken the ice with that first step, remember that the Taj Majal was built one stone at a time. Handle your overwhelming project in the same way. Don’t try to take it all on at once. Identify the next small step and take it. And another, and another, and another. Before you know it, you will find you’ve built your masterpiece, 15 minutes at a time.
Celebrate: Every step forward is a cause for celebration. Every time you move closer to your goal, pat yourself on the back with a party moment! Ta Dah! That moment of self-affirmation will release additional positive fuel to keep you moving forward.
Use these tips the next time you are tempted to procrastinate. Complete that difficult job and enjoy the benefits of not waiting until the last minute. You may find the feeling of accomplishment so appealing, you’ll never procrastinate again!