Procrastination is the art of putting off to tomorrow that which yesterday you put off to today. We're all pretty good at it too. The problem is, it doesn't really help us get the work done that we're supposed to be doing.
When it comes to completing tasks and projects, we all have a collection of tools and methods which we employ to delay the starting of any particular task. More often than not, these tasks are justified in our own minds by being referred to either as ‘preparation’ or as a kind of pre-reward for simply thinking about doing the work. A bit like being paid half the money for a job now, and the other half on completion.
One way to stop procrastinating is to figure out the reason why you need to get that task done. Perhaps it is not the money that motivates you. Perhaps you could get fired for not doing it. Ultimately, it has to be something that will spur you on to action.
Another successful method of helping to overcome procrastination is to use peer pressure. There is nothing quite like telling someone you trust and respect that you have particular goals and targets in mind, and to help you to achieve them. Simply by confiding in someone that you have a tendency to delay the work itself, and that you have set yourself targets, is highly likely to work as a positive motivational tool.
After all, you wouldn't want to go back on your word, would you? Or to be seen as a failure. These things can put the fire in you and get you to complete the task in a speedy manner.
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Shafir Ahmad of http://www.ShafirAhmad.com is the author of “The Experts Guide to Managing Your Time".