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How to stop procrastinating

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Melissa’s Answer

I found the best way for me to deal with procrastination is to realize that it is not that I am procrastinating but that I am putting it off because it feels laborious or drains my energy. In realizing this, I have found ways to do these things that I just really don't enjoy by incorporating things I like to do with them. I do not enjoy doing dishes but I enjoy listening to music so I play music while doing the dishes. It makes it a bit more enjoyable. Try to incorporate things that energize you in with the things that you do not necessarily enjoy.
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John’s Answer

Hi all,

This needs a bit of instinct, its not easy to know what is the right moment to do the things, first you need to get rid of the `fix it later` thought, evaluate the necessity and the urgency of things before acting on something, everything brings its own urgency, sometimes you need to stop and re-evaluate what has been done, that will save you time fixing things. Once you get that instinct you will know to avoid postposing things, so you can do them in the right moment.
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Sheila’s Answer

Hello Hakeem:

Getting myself organized and creating a routine schedule works best for me. I set calendar reminders to keep me on track for meeting deadlines. I minimize distractions by putting my phone in silence. Here are a few additional tips for your consideration.

• Commit to the task
• Minimize distractions
• Manage your energy, not your time
• Do other, easier tasks until your energy levels recover

Best of luck to you!

Sheila recommends the following next steps:

How to Stop Procrastinating • https://www.spica.com/blog/how-to-stop-procrastinating
Article on Procrastinating • https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_96.htm
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Volunteer’s Answer

Hi Dear

Don't punish yourself for procrastinating. The more stressed you are, the harder it is to get things done. Don't be angry with yourself, get on with it and give all your attention to what needs to be done.
Spend 15 minutes on your most important task. Instead of thinking about how long it will take to get the whole job done, just do it. Telling yourself that you only need to do something for 15 minutes can reduce the fear of trying to get the whole thing done in a short amount of time. By the time you stop working, more than 15 minutes have passed.
Try it, and you'll change
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Lira’s Answer

Hi Dear

This is the most common problems of people who are studying and working. What works for me, when I start my day, I write what I will do for the whole day and will stop holding my phone. I have a habit of saying to myself that I need to finish my job on time so I can spend time with my family and I do not have to work after working hours. RIght after sitting down, I will immediately write what I will do, and will act on it. I put alarms on my calendars and it keeps me moving until the end of the day.

Good luck!
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Raffinée’s Answer

I learned this technique several years ago and found it to be helpful in completing tasks.

https://soundcloud.com/user-144106126/procrastination-sandwich?in=user-144106126/sets/self-help-playlist-provided-by
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Adriana’s Answer

I have this problem a lot too. What I found helps is : planning my day and sticking to a schedule as much as possible. Also, getting into and keeping a constant work/study rhythm.
Also, not having Netflix, music, a podcast or anything on can really help getting you in the flow. If you need music or sounds, I recommend some lo-fi, white noise type.
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Nathaniel’s Answer

The best way I have found to overcome procrastination is to spend a bit of time before starting to work on something, to define exactly what you are trying to do, and break it into small, achievable tasks.

Procrastination happens because your brain wants to avoid the negative feelings you associate with whatever you are procrastinating on. For me, this happens frequently when the task in front of me seems too difficult, or too big to tackle. But if you spend some time planning, most tasks can be broken into smaller pieces that are easier to handle. Just keep breaking things into smaller parts until you don't feel resistance anymore on getting started.
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Crystal’s Answer

The best way that I found to not procrastinate is to make a list of all the things you want to accomplish for that day. For me, I like to do the item on my list that is my least favorite item and make it my first item to do. I do this to have a feeling of accomplishment and the rest of my items on my list are easier to do because I am not thinking about the item that is my least favorite.
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Indira’s Answer

Creating a routine and schedule helps a lot. Making a things to do list and checking of things i complete regularly keeps me motivated to keep at it.
I am sure there will be unforeseen distractions depending on your environment. But trying to stick to that routine as much as possible, helps deal with that distractions and get things done with ease.
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