How to stop procrastination–for good!

It’s really not a wonder why you’re reading this. And you don’t need to hide this page from prying eyes and you don’t have to be ashamed that you’re reading this. The fact is, no one is exempt from being a procrastinator. There are degrees of course, and there are differences in how much time each one takes in procrastination, but the fact is, procrastination besets every person at least one time in life.

Here are some of the ways that we can do to stop procrastination. Remember, though, that these things need time to become habits and change does not come overnight. Processes need to happen before any real result is maintained and sustained over a period of time. The key here is to be consistent in doing these things.

Learn how to set a schedule and stick to it.

Why do I not break up setting a schedule and sticking to it? The reason why I do that is because some people—or most—don’t really stick to a schedule that they’ve done. I tell you, it’s so easy to get a pen a paper or your calendar and put some items on your schedule. Some people even block of chunks of their calendar for tasks and events that they need to do. But as soon as the pen and calendar are kept, they soon forget that they even blocked off dates in the first place.

I have a curious suspicion that the reason for this is that these people are not really keen on setting priorities. They don’t know what really matters and because that is the case, they can’t “isolate” one thing that they can really do at a certain point in time. They thrive on hit and miss. But that isn’t really thriving, is it?

This is the reason why it is imperative to really stick to your schedule—as much as you can—and not just make it and then leave it. Again, “as much as you can”, really stick to your schedule. Follow it to the letter if need be. You won’t be perfect in sticking to it, I know, but at least try. Habits need to be formed at least 21-30 days—and consistently at that.

You’re not perfect, so get over it.

I know that there are just a lot of things and strategies that you can do to stop procrastination like getting organized, not committing to a very high expectation, or by breaking large tasks into smaller ones.

But I guess the real reason behind why most people procrastinate is because they want everything to be perfect before they can act on something. They want every circumstance to be all in place—and no setbacks—for them to start working on that task. They feel that if they act when not everything is perfect, they will surely fail.

This is a very sad situation to be in. You wouldn’t want to have this kind of dilemma because you won’t be able to finish anything! The reality is that nothing will ever be perfect! There will always be something that is not working as planned. Something will always be only nearly perfect. I know this because I am like this.

I wouldn’t do anything unless everything is in place or that every raw material is bought or every tool is present. Thankfully my friends and asked me to attend a program that helped me see my own personality and why I acted in a specific way. I found out that I was a perfectionist and I would not do anything unless everything is perfect. I couldn’t believe how pathetic this was because I knew that nothing was perfect and nothing will ever be really perfect in essence. But still I was unconsciously hoping that perfection will still favor me. That never really happened.

Your thoughts

Coming to terms with my own self and why I acted in a certain way, and what my core beliefs are really helped in showing me that there are things that will never be perfect. How about you? Do you have a tip that you can share with us? What do you like to add?

Let us all know in the comments!

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Stephen NellasStephen is part of the Software Jewel team, the company behind Clutterpad and BiP. He's also a regular author for BiP.View all posts by Stephen Nellas →