Whether it’s filing your taxes, paying your bills, cleaning out the garage or getting out of bed to exercise, everyone tends to procrastinate once in a while. It has been said that Robinson Crusoe is the only person to have all of his work done by Friday. Are you the type of person who tackles projects head on and gets tasks done right away?
Or do you tend to procrastinate and put things off? The habit of procrastination is an attractive form of self-sabotage and is the grave in which many an opportunity is buried.
Procrastination can take a toll on all aspects of your life and has a significant impact on your mental and physical health. The habit of procrastination brings with it a whole host of overwhelming negative consequences such as increased stress, anxiety, guilt, fear,worry, depression and low self-esteem.
Here are five proven tips to help you overcome the problem of procrastination and become more productive.
1. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. You can keep yourself from feeling overwhelmed by breaking up your project into smaller, more manageable, bite-size tasks. Develop a written plan of action and set realistic time frames for the completion of each task. If you find that you’re able to complete a task faster than planned, you will feel good about being ahead of schedule.