How to beat procrastination with 5 simple tricks

Procrastination is the act of putting off important tasks or responsibilities, especially those that require immediate attention. Use these five tips to learn how you can stop procrastinating and get back on track!

How to beat procrastination with 5 simple tricks

Procrastination is the act of putting off important tasks or responsibilities, especially those that require immediate attention. It can be a problem for anyone but it's something that most people have experienced at some point in their lives.

Procrastination can take many forms, such as forgetting to do an assignment, not responding to emails on time or delaying activity with the intention of doing more later. Procrastinating is easy to spot but hard to break; luckily though, there are some tricks you can use to beat procrastination and keep your productivity up. In this blogpost, we’ll uncover 5 simple ways you can beat procrastination:

  • Set Deadlines and To-Do list
  • Schedule reminders
  • Eliminate distractions
  • Use the 10-minute rule
  • Communicate and Ask for Help

1) Set Deadlines and To-Do list

The first thing to beat procrastination is being organized. Creating a To-Do list with deadlines for each task helps us prioritize the tasks and goals of our responsibilities when facing an impending deadline. It is more likely for us to be productive when we have a schedule because they seem more attainable when they are in order.

2) Schedule reminders

The next trick for beating procrastination is to schedule reminders so that they appear on your phone. Procrastination often happens because we focus too much on the present and forget about the future, but when you can see reminders coming up in your Google Calendar or iCal, it helps you stay focused. Having an alarm go off every day with a reminder or even visual cues like sticky notes of what needs to be done is a great way to keep productivity up.

3) Eliminate distractions

Procrastination often happens when we are feeling distracted or overwhelmed, but the best way to avoid this is to eliminate all the distractions in our lives. Our phones especially with social media has become a huge distraction in our day to day lives. Instead of letting yourself into these traps, removing all distractions in your surrounding during work hours could prevent you from derailing yourself in the first place. Muting notifications, clearing your desks, and even disconnecting yourselves from other devices can instantly increase your focus and productivity on your task.

4) Use the 10-minute rule

We tend to convince ourselves that we have more time than we think when a task seems difficult and we don't know where to begin, causing us to procrastinate instead. The 10-minute rule is where you say to yourself “I’ll do this for 10 minutes, and then I can stop if I really need to." Sometimes our minds are overwhelming us with thoughts like “this will take hours!” or “I'll never be able to do this.” With the 10-minute rule, you set arbitrary time limits on your tasks, which can help avoid these thoughts.

5) Communicate or Ask for Help

Communicate with people that can help or ask for help from others. Procrastination often results in feeling overwhelmed or frustrated, but if you are struggling with this, the best way to avoid it is by communicating with people that can provide support. For instance, if you're procrastinating on an important task because you don't know how to do it, talk to someone that does or search up an online tutorial on how to do it. Procrastination can also result in feelings of guilt for not doing what needs to be done, so saying "no" to things might be necessary so you have more time and energy for your work.



Conclusion

Procrastination can be one of the most difficult things to overcome, but with these 5 simple tricks you should have no problem. Procrastinating is often caused by feeling overwhelmed or distracted, so eliminating distractions and setting deadlines are great ways to avoid it all together. If you're still struggling after trying these tips out for a few weeks, make sure to check out this blog post where we discuss which software can help to increase your productivity.