How to beat procrastination

Is there something on your To Do list that has been gathering dust for a while? You’ve been successful at avoiding it, but it keeps knocking on your brain every so often, reminding you it needs your attention. For some reason you just can’t bring yourself to do it, right? Sounds like procrastination has paid you a visit.

You are in good company. Everyone procrastinates. The difference lies in why you procrastinate and what you can do about it.

There are three types of procrastinators. See if you recognize yourself in any of these.

1. Thrill Seeker – Deadlines give these procrastinators an adrenalin rush, and they like it that way. They need the push of the last minute to get something done.

2. Avoider – This procrastinator has a fear of the outcome, be it failure or success. They are overly concerned with being judged by others and feel paralyzed by the task at hand.

3. Lazybones – The task is so boring and mundane to this procrastinator, they can’t bring themselves to do it. They need something to be interesting in order to allocate any attention to it.

So what’s the solution to your procrastination dilemma? There is no quick fix nor is there a one-size-fits-all solution. Depending on your procrastination type, here are some ideas that might shift you into DO mode:

Thrill Seeker
If you are a Thrill Seeker, the key to overcoming your procrastination is setting false deadlines. Use the Pomodoro Technique and you’ll be off to the races in no time.

As an Avoider, the only way you will get something accomplished is to remove (or shrink) the fear that stands in your way. Talk it out with a friend or someone you trust who will help alleviate your apprehension and support you as you move forward.

Gamify the experience. Reward yourself for getting it done with something you desire, that cupcake in the window, a new outfit or a trip to the spa. Once you make the outcome a fun experience, your procrastination will fade.


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