How to Stop Procrastinating on Your Responsibilities

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Admit that you are a procrastinator. Recognizing that you have a problem that you want to overcome is the first step in overcoming any problem. without honestly recognizing your problem, you will allow yourself to believe you do not have a problem with procrastination.

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Make the decision to stop procrastinating. Once you have recognized that you have a problem, it is even more important that you make the firm decision that you are going to do something about it. In the same way someone must make the decision to stick to a diet or stop smoking, beating the habit of procrastination takes discipline, repetition, and time.

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Stay aware if your impulse to procrastinate. The art of procrastination comes down to the moment of decision; a procrastinator's impulsive, habitual response is to convince themselves to take the easier path. When it comes to decision time ("Should I start my assignment now?") you must be aware that your habitual response will be to talk yourself out of it.

The following steps are tips you can use to get yourself started:

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Break larger tasks into smaller ones. For example, if you have a big assignment that you must do, tell yourself you're only going to do the first three questions today. The excuse of "this is going to take forever" is something that can be easily overcome by breaking up a large task into smaller pieces.

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Imagine how you'll feel when you're done and use this feeling as motivation to get started. Two of the most common symptoms of procrastination are guilt and stress. Imagine yourself watching your favorite TV show while feeling guilty that you haven't addressed your responsibilities. Now imagine yourself watching your favorite TV show feeling relaxed and confident. Use this feeling as a way of getting started.

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Come up with "power word" to push you through the moment of decision. A power word is something you can use motivate yourself to get started. For example, Nike's slogan "Just Do It" is a great one. When you're faced with the decision to watch TV or clean the kitchen, say to yourself "Just Do It!". Use this very brief feel a surge of confidence to start cleaning the kitchen.

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Just Start. This is the most powerful way to defeat procrastination. After all, procrastination is the art of "not starting" something. You'll be amazed how much easier it is to do something once you've started. And once you've completed your unpleasent task you'll be even more amazed how much easier it was than you thought.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow yourself the internal debate of "do it now or do it later". For a procrastinator, "do it later" is almost always the winner.
  • Do not outsmart yourself. For a procrastinator, it's extremely easy to convince yourself that there are reasons beyond your control for why you cannot do something now. Some may be true, but there are alternative solutions to most of them. A procrastinator will chose to delay and not chose to seek alternative solutions.
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  • Despite what you have probably read on other website, procrastination is not an issue of time management. Daily planners and to do lists may remind you of what you need to do, but they do not help you do them.
  • Procrastination is not something that you can defeat just by reading a few tips on the internet. It takes dedication and repetition to defeat the habit of procrastination. Be prepared for a battle to truly break the habit.
  • The simple definition for procrastination is putting off that which should be done now. But the reasons why people procrastinate are often misunderstood, as are the solutions.

    Procrastination is not an issue of time management. Most procrastinators know they are supposed to be doing something, but they put it off until the last possible moment. Trying to manage how they spend their time is not often a viable solution.

    Why?

    Because procrastination is caused by a number of different reasons, such as fear of the unknown, perfectionism, laziness, or even rebellion. None of which are related to time management.

    What most people do not understand about procrastination is that is it a habit formed over many years. It's a habit that's very tough to break because it offers comfort and relief from putting yourself through tasks you do not want to do.

    A chronic procrastinator is a person who has mastered the art of convincing themselves they do not need to do something now. Over the course of time they have become very good at justifying reasons why something can be put off.

    To break the habit of procrastination, one must learn to break the habitual, impulsive reaction they have when presented with the choice of starting now or starting later.

    The following steps offer some advice on how to stop procrastinating (from http://www.stopprocrastinating.net):