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What are ways to stop procrastinating?

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Last Updated: 02/16/2021 at 2:38am
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Top Rated Answers
January 26th, 2015 1:36am
Set yourself some timers on your phone or on your computer and make sure when they go off, you are doing work. Also set yourself regular breaks so that you have them to look forward to.
January 18th, 2015 12:09am
Lists! List what you need to get done, and by what time. Also have a reward planned for when you've completed all of your work. It's okay not to get everything done, try and set targets for yourself and look to improving on them.
December 22nd, 2015 1:20am
Focus on what is intrinsic and set your priorities according to that. Make plans for every day and cross out what you did with a thick marker. Complete the following steps in order: Become aware of your success. Enjoy your success. Feel the hunger for more.
April 4th, 2015 6:58pm
Always stay on top of your work. For example, if you get an assignment in school on a Monday and it is due that Friday, just get it over with and do it that day. Be proactive in your life.
April 16th, 2015 12:09am
Set a schedule, follow that schedule and when you do this- you won't procrastinate. Procrastination can be a dangerous thing.
May 8th, 2015 4:22pm
Write yourself a time table. This way you know when you need to do something and for how long. Get yourself some water and a snack or something and just get stuck in. TV can wait!
June 17th, 2015 12:49pm
Ways to stop procrastinating is being proactive, and having s clear cut idea of how things will turn out to b if things ain't done on time
July 21st, 2015 7:50pm
Reward yourself for getting tasks done in the time frame that you set for yourself. Weather that reward be a new outfit or a special dinner - just make sure it's something that's worth the work for you.
August 2nd, 2016 8:16pm
Planning and setting realistic goals are the main keys to stop procrastinating! If you plan out your day, along with goals/activities that are SMART, you're sure to achieve them. You're only human, not a bot, thus setting breaks after every session helps.
January 2nd, 2017 10:19pm
Usually, I think that what is most important is to understand what is causing the procrastinating. Is it because I am not focused enough, or because I don't like the tasks I have to do? After finding out the reason, it is easier to rationalize and find clear and feasible solutions to stop procrastinating. One of these solutions may include making a list of priorities and goals, short-term and long-term.
January 3rd, 2017 9:18am
Creating motivation. Because many things that we desire in life are not hardwired enough to make us do everything possible to get them. Unlike resorting to comfort zone, it may take a great motivation to become committed to going regularly to gym for achieving a desired shape or health benefit, and whatever we have beyond it. So chances are if you put yourself in a motivating environment like joining a supportive fitness online forum or outside group, it will switch on your motivation. Also, setting a small goal about which you're motivated already can make you achieve it before you become motivated to achieve more of it. E.g. if you're shy and like to become very sociable, sometimes you're already motivated to experiment with small things like joining a public speaking club or something and see if you're enjoy it. If you do, chances are it will take you further in the bath of becoming the sociable person you always desired. In the gym example, I would set my goal as gaining a little more muscles and improving my stamina a little bit. Once I start enjoying my new body, I'll get motivated to improve it more to enjoy it more.
February 18th, 2019 8:16am
Plan in advance: make plan the day before of the things you want to accomplish. Write a list with the specifics. Put the list where you will see it. Make positive affirmations: tell yourself some like " I will accomplish my daily goals " Rewards: Reward yourself for all the things you check off the list Remember: It's about progress not perfection. Change can be a slow process so don't be to hard on yourself. Take it in stride and focus on the good. Learn from the days that are not successful. What happened? What can I do different tomorrow to avoid the same outcome?
February 16th, 2021 2:38am
It’s ok too procrastinate at times,especially if you have a very busy life. Also when you are not feeling good that day. As long as you have managed to achieve 1 goal in your day, if that’s get up,eat a meal, house work etc whatever. Then you can relax and chill out for as long as you feel. Don’t be so harsh on you as I’m sure you are doing amazing. Don’t feel like you have to keep busy constantly as you are allowed time off. But if you don’t like not having a busy life, try a hobby you enjoy, it’s fun and gives you some good you time.