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As you probably already know, procrastination is something that so many people deal with on a daily basis. In fact, you probably are currently suffering from it as you read this article right now. You probably could be studying for class or crossing things off of your to-do list, yet you’re reading about procrastination.

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(Thanks, by the way. I appreciate you taking time out of your busy, procrastination-filled day to read this.)

Time is everything. It’s the basis of how we live our lives from day-to-day to week-to-week operations. We fill our days with things that have us going from one thing to another and we set deadlines for ourselves to accomplish everything. This is where procrastination creeps in.

You see the deadline for a project that you’re working on and you notice that it’s two weeks away. You figure that you’ve got time to spare and you convince yourself that you can spend time doing other things. Meanwhile, the deadline creeps up on you and before you know it, it passed and you didn’t get the project finished.

Procrastination is king.

But why wait to do things? It’s a simple question. It’s something that I often ask myself when I know that I’ve got things that are due. Why wouldn’t you just get those things done? Why do you fall victim to procrastination?

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It’s easy to break through this vicious cycle. All you have to do is convince yourself.

Our “now” is better than our “later.” We are conditioned to seize the moment right now. Because of this, we see that we end up procrastinating on the things that aren’t due for a while. But if you convince yourself to get things done and you reward yourself for it, you’ll start to put procrastination in its place: away from you.

By rewarding yourself, even for the small things that you accomplish right now, you give yourself more of a reason to do things now rather than later. Sure, you could spend 30 minutes watching YouTube videos about cute cats or laughing babies. Or you could spend that time getting things done that are due a week from now.

Sooner or later, you’ll be able to stretch your time out and you’ll be getting things done faster, and more efficiently.

A Few Tips to End Procrastination

  • Stop thinking, start doing.
  • Start with the hardest task of your day.
  • Set small goals.
  • Get all of the smaller things done.
  • Dedicate a day to production, not relaxation.
  • Take the first step.
  • Change your environment.
  • Just do it.

As you can see, a lot of these tips include your not making excuses and taking initiatives with your work. Obviously it won’t always be easy, but sometimes you just have to do the things that are on your to-do list.

One of the greatest benefits to this would be that you’d be able to spend more time doing the things that would take more manpower and thought to get accomplished. And once you get it all done, you’ll also have more time to relax and regroup before your next to-do list or big project comes up.

What are some of your tips and techniques to breaking through procrastination?

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