Setting a timer is an effective way to avoid procrastination.

Setting a timer is an effective way to avoid procrastination.

We’ve all heard the saying: the definition of madness is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results. So why do many of us continue to do just this when it comes to procrastination? Every or most times we have to start a new project, we don’t just buckle down and get to it, we start procrastinating, doing almost anything but the thing we have to do. This results in missed deadlines and poor work. But we always seem to act like it won’t happen again — and each time we have a new project, we start the cycle all over again.

If this is you, then here’s a helpful piece of advice: you need to change. It’s uncomfortable, and it’s easy to resist, but if you ever want things to get better — if you want to get to the point where you can stop procrastinating and actually get something done, you’ll need to make a conscious decision to change. Luckily, you don’t have to go into that change blindly — here are a few ways to help.

1. Know why you are procrastinating. You might procrastinate when it comes to every project, but your reasons for procrastinating are probably a little different each time. You might procrastinate because you think the task ahead of you will be difficult or unpleasant, because you are afraid of failing, or because you just don’t know how to accomplish it. When you know why you are procrastinating, you’ll have a better idea of how to stop.

2. Come up with goals and plans. Once you know how the task you are trying to accomplish fits into your larger goals, you’ll have more motivation to complete your tasks, and with specific plans, you’ll know exactly what you need to do each day.

3. Just start. This can be difficult to do when you don’t know how or where to just start, but just start somewhere. If you have a huge, messy garage to clean, pick a corner or a box, or commit to working a few minutes or hours a day. This makes the task more manageable.

If you keep starting new projects expecting not to procrastinate, you need to realize that that’s not going to happen unless you move to change yourself. If you admit to the procrastination and focus on changing it, you’ll be in a better place to succeed. Learn more by reading this great article.

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