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I'm a time management coach. This is what I advise about procrastination

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I'm a time management coach. This is what I advise about procrastination
Procrastination happens. Whether conscious or subconscious, we all have certain activities which we put off, de-prioritize, and push away until they either fall off of our lists or we're forced to complete them. As a time management coach, I've seen that the most successful people recognize when this is happening and then problem-solve to mitigate the impact of their procrastination tendencies.

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Procrastination is not an identity

Procrastination is not an identity

Procrastination is something you do, not someone you are. When you stop making procrastination part of your identity, you free yourself up to change.

Don't judge yourself for how you feel. Instead, analyze the problem and see how you can move forward.

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Figure out why you avoid taking action. Find out all the reasons that prevent you from moving forward. 

For example:

  • You find the task challenging.
  • You don’t know how to do the project.
  • The activity is boring.
  • You don’t have a clear block of time to work on the task.

  • You need a quiet workspace.

  • You expect your work to be perfect—and fear it won’t be.

  • You don’t have a deadline.

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Address the issues

Once you understand the reasons for procrastination, address those specific issues. 

Keep on dealing with the issues one by one. This will build momentum and move you toward completing your projects.

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Celebrate progress

When you struggle with procrastinating on a specific task, you may never get into a state of flow. Make rules for yourself, such as spending 20 minutes on the activity or reporting to someone by a specific time.

Just keep going. In time you will be able to accomplish a lot.

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  4. Lack of practice.
  5. Lack of trying again.

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Procrastination And Making Excuses

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