I am a procrastinator. Or, rather, I was one. I struggled with it for years, but I finally did something to overcome it when even my own work suffered.
So what did I do? Here are some strategies that helped (and continue to help) me.
I make a list of daily things to do, starting with the most difficult and complicated, to the easiest. I post it on the wall where I can always see it, and cross off the tasks already accomplished. When I see that I have managed to accomplish some tasks, I usually get motivated to continue working.
If the task is difficult, I imagine the end goal before starting it. That way, I get inspired to finish because I know what I will accomplish in the end.
I am realistic about the amount of work I accept. If in the first place I don’t feel I can’t do it well in a timely manner, I turn it down. I prioritize.
I commit publicly that I will do it. I announce it in Facebook, or any social networking sites that I belong to. I also inform my family members and friends, so that they will know not to disturb me when I’m working.
If it’s a large task, I break it down and do it one step at a time. When I get to cross off a certain step, it gives me more motivation to continue. I will also have an idea on how much I still have to do to finish the task.
I tell myself repeatedly: “I can do this.” Positive self-talk is very helpful when dealing with such a habit as procrastination.
These strategies may not work for you, but it’s worth a try. Just sit down and do whatever that needs to be done. It will never be finished as long as you keep putting it off. Imagine how relieved you will feel when you finally get to cross off that task from your list!