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10 Top Tips to beat Procrastination

This month I’d like to share some expert’s advice to help you to dither no more.  I recently read an article by Nilufer Atik which said people who continually put things off are unhappier, as well as being less healthy and wealthy compared with those who get things done promptly.  Studies have also shown that procrastinators are more likely to make mistakes.  However, experts insist that procrastinators can change their behaviour: it takes a lot of self-work but in the end it’s worth the effort – and start today, not tomorrow!

  1. Next time you procrastinate ask ‘What make me decide to do this in the first place?’. If you don’t know the answer – don’t do it!
  2. For each task, ask yourself – should I do this, delegate it or dump it – and act
  3. Take small steps – break down tasks to make them manageable
  4. Get help – if you’re overwhelmed, ask an expert in
  5. Drop perfectionism – an imperfect step taken today is better than a perfect step never taken
  6. Remove distractions – turn off the TV, switch phone to silent and truly focus
  7. Recognise when you’re about to procrastinate and acknowledge it
  8. Learn from the past – remind yourself of the frustration of not getting things done and the satisfaction when something is achieved
  9. Be nice to yourself – don’t beat yourself up and forgive yourself if you do procrastinate
  10. Visualise your ideal future – what one step could you take right now to move you towards it? Then Just. Do. It.  Good luck!