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8 Ways Successful People Beat Procrastination
7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Everyone procrastinates. Even the most successful people struggle with it every day. But successful people do something that most of us don't -- they push past it. They don't make excuses or allow it to affect their output.

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Keep yourself accountable

Making a commitment to yourself helps keep you accountable. 

Write your goals down, keep a to-do list with you, and create reminders on your phone and on your calendar.

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Make yourself accountable to others

  • Tell everyone what you plan to do and talk about your goals. Tell friends, employees, and employers your intentions and you won’t want to let them down. 
  • Start documenti...

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Cut out temptations

If you’re a chronic procrastinator and simply can’t resist the temptations of things like Facebook and Youtube, it might be time to cut out temptations.

There are tools such as

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Self-awareness

Becoming aware of why you procrastinate means taking a step back and looking at some of the possible reasons such as boredom, lack of confidence in the project, lack of self-confidence, and feel...

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Planning ahead

If you get to your work desk and have no idea where to start, it can lead you to work on low-impact tasks (such as checking email) or other worse forms of procrastinating.

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Showing up

Commit to just showing up and you’ll find yourself completing a lot more tasks. 

The next time you don’t feel like tackling a task, commit to only working on it for one minute. Se...

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Break up large tasks into smaller tasks

Successful people understand that tasks need to be broken down into much more specific and measurable sub-tasks.

This often encourages you to get more done and feel accomplished and mo...

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Giving up

Sometimes, a project just isn’t worth burning more hours over, and you ultimately need to figure out if it’s time to quit.

Take a step back and figure out the reason you’re procrastinating on...

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Tailor your to-do lists

Use the 1-3-5 rule when putting together her daily to-do list.

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Build good habits in two minutes

The “two-minute rule”  has two parts.

First, if something takes less than two minutes, do it now. Next, start building new habits for two minutes at a time. The rule for this is: When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do. The idea is to make your habits as easy to start as possible. 

Think of these “two-minute habits” as gateway habits that will lead to your overarching goal.

Complete tasks in batches

It takes time to get into a rhythm to work on a task. Instead of constantly starting and stopping that process, it’s better to keep your rhythm going by bundling similar tasks together.

By doing this, you avoid interruptions and prevents himself from procrastinating.

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Segmenting your day

This is an essential aspect  of successfully preparing for your day: you separate your actions into small chunks and focus only on the mini-goals of each segment.

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Leverage the power of systems

Probably the most influential step you can take toward creating a consistent practice of success is to invest in the systems that make your life run like a well-oiled machine.

Systems allow you to leverage your and other people’s time.

Ask for help

We all plateau. It’s frustrating but also a normal part of life. The key to bursting through ceilings, be they mental, physical or financial, is to hold yourself accountable. That doesn't mean accountable for doing it all, but accountable for getting help.

You’ll be surprised by how much further and faster a little help can take you. 

Sense of self

You have to know who you are and what you want. 

Self-improvement begins with a keen awareness of who you are and what are your values, beliefs and the larger purpose you wish to ...

Sense of curiosity

Curiosity creates a longing to know more, do more and be more.

To have a successful life, you have to cultivate your sense of wonder and be curious about what the future might hold. Curiosity helps you see any situation as an opportunity for your advancement and learning.

Sense of direction

It improves your ability to prioritize and it makes decision-making easier.

It also provides commitment: it's usually hard to commit to something that has no foreseeable future.

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