5 Ways to Beat Procrastination

Have you ever experienced procrastination? Stupid question? All of us have, at one time or another!

Procrastination is the number one killer of success. It is the single most common state that keeps people from taking action. It's when you know that you should do something, but keep putting it off.

This article provides you with five ideas that you can apply immediately in your everyday life to help you overcome procrastination and get more things done in 10 minutes a day.

Break down your goals into a series of smaller goals.

If you have a long-term goal, break them down into a series of short-term goals.

By breaking down big goals into smaller achievable steps, it makes you feel a constant sense of achievement. Ultimately, it motivates you to work harder and building a sense of fulfillment every time you accomplished each of them.

Replace negative images in your mind with inspiring positive images

Your mind runs with pictures. Think about this, what comes to your mind when it comes to working on your goal? Do you feel motivated, inspired, tired or lazy? Whenever you see negative images pop up in your mind; you know that your brain is associating negative states with your goal.

Identify all the negative images in your mind and replace them with motivating images. Think about how exciting, fun and happy you will be when you achieved all of them and become successful.

Place something meaningful besides your office desk

Place something that serves as motivational sources such as inspirational quotes, vision board or family photos just beside your workplace. This simple yet powerful tip helps to destroy procrastination because it serves as a constant reminder of why you are doing what you are doing.

Boost your energy to prevent exhaustion

Being too tired is the top reason for procrastination, and your energy stores (physically and mentally) are both limited. Therefore, actively replenish them and allocate your efforts wisely. Here are few things you can do to boost your energy and prevent burnout:

a) Make time for exercise several days each week. Exercise not only helps you to reduce stress, but it also increases your brain power, sharpens your memory and focuses at work.

b) Reserve your morning and mid-day peak performance hours for your most demanding tasks.

c) Take an afternoon nap. The boss might not approve so explain that research and study have found out that taking 20 minutes to 40 minutes rest dramatically improve your productivity, creativity, better stamina and work performance.

d) Respect your limitations. If after all this, you are still too tired to take on responsibilities, try to cut back on your commitments or get help completing them.

Taking charge of your physiology

When you were procrastinating, you were using your science in a particular way. Your breathing was probably slow and shallow. Your muscles were droopy; your eyes were looking down, and your facial muscles were probably flaccid.

Therefore, taking charge of your physiology is a key way to managing your states and overcome procrastination. You can snap out of procrastination by changing your entire physiology. For example, you can sit up straight, put your shoulders at the back, do stretches and take few deep breaths.

Remember that you can get control of your time and life only by changing the way you think, work and deal with the never-ending river of responsibility that flows over you each day.


Practice these simple ideas 10 minutes a day. Review them regularly until they become firmly ingrained in your thoughts, and watch how your performance improves.

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