How To Prevent Procrastination – No More Lies!

It’s no secret that most of us like to put things away into the future. “I will start exercising tomorrow“, “I will apply for this job tomorrow“, “I will start reading next week” and so on.

The main problem with this kind of mindset is, you will most likely never start doing those things that you put away. And not only you won’t do those things that you planned to do, but you will also procrastinate on everything else that comes to your mind.

It’s a big issue and it’s often mistaken with laziness. See, if you’re lazy, you decide NOT to do specific activities. If you’re procrastinating, you decide to DO other activities instead of those that you’ve planned on doing.

For example, you might decide to play some video games instead of exercising. That is procrastination. You tell yourself that you will exercise tomorrow but tomorrow comes and you decide to play even more video games.

And the day of exercising never really comes.

Procrastination becomes a very serious problem if you put away important things. For example, you might need to prepare for an exam and you have a whole month to do that.

But days pass and you keep telling yourself that you’re going to study tomorrow. You keep this going until it’s actually too late to study and then you feel terrible and stressed.

Not only do you feel stressed and terrible, you also face the consequences of procrastinating – in this example, you fail the exam (or barely make it).

Procrastinating is one of the main reasons why most people fail to succeed at anything.

I know, it might feel good to watch cat videos all day long, or watch your favorite shows on TV instead of studying or working on your goals.

But if you fail to see how procrastinating is actually ruining your life, you are on the road to achieve nothing in your life.

Do you WANT to be that kind of person? No? Good! Then let’s see how to prevent procrastination.

How To Prevent Procrastination – Terrible Habit!

It could be easy to prevent procrastination or it could be very hard to prevent it, it all depends on how much it’s rooted into your subconscious mind.

If you don’t do it too often, then chances are, you won’t find it very hard to break this bad habit. On the other hand, if this habit is controlling your life, you might find it very hard to prevent procrastinating at first.

One thing for sure, it won’t happen overnight. It will take some effort, but it’s worth it, because your quality of life will improve a lot!

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Tell Other People You Are Going To Do It!

Telling someone that you are going to do a specific thing will decrease the chance of you procrastinating.

For example, let’s say you tell a few of your friends that you are going to start reading books. Once they hear that, most likely they will be asking you how’s it going with those books.

As small as it sounds, you might not want to let anyone down and you’ll want to prove that you can commit to your goals.

We all know at least one person who is CONSTANTLY telling everyone (for example) how he’s going to start exercising, eat healthier and so on.

But as time passes, you see that he’s only playing video games on his couch with burgers stuffed in his mouth all day long.

You can’t really trust a person like that, can you?

That’s why telling your friends or family about your goals or projects is a good thing. You’ll want to display that image of yourself as a person who stays true to his words.

Get Motivated!

While getting motivated might not be the best long-term solution, it can definitely help you start!

The first step is always the hardest, so it’s a good idea to get some motivation that could help you take the first step towards your desired goal.

My favorite way to get motivated, is to watch some motivational speakers on YouTube.

Sometimes when I’m feeling like procrastinating, motivational videos REALLY help me to prevent this bad habit.

Also, when watching motivational videos, you listen to the most successful people on earth. That means, you will be attaining new wisdom and knowledge from them which you can apply to your life.

Here are a few motivational videos that I really enjoy:

Set Small And Achievable Goals

We tend to procrastinate, because we need to do things that might seem like a lot of work and it sounds really boring.

Why not play some video games, instead of writing some boring essay for your homework, right?

When something sounds really hard and boring, you simply don’t want to do it, so you choose to do something else that takes minimal effort from your side.

I’ve been there and done that.

What really helps me prevent procrastination, is dividing my goals into small steps.

For example, writing articles every day is a lot of work and it sounds hard. So, what I do, is set small steps for writing.

My first step – write at least 200 words.

My second step – write 300 more words.

After that I take a small break to clear my mind.

My third step – write 500 more words.

If I feel tired, I’ll take another small break.

And my fourth step – I finish the article with as many words as needed.

Notice how I increase the word count with each step? I do this, because at first, even 200 words seem quite a lot.

But once I START writing, I start getting all kinds of ideas and complete this first step within 10-20 minutes.

Then I increase the word count with each step, because it gets easier and easier once I see that I’ve already written like 800-1000 words.

This is just my example. Whatever you do, try to divide your goals into small steps. Steps that you can easily achieve, so “Mr. Procrastination” wouldn’t come along and steal you from achieving your goals!

Eliminate Your Distractions

There are so MANY distractions in our lives which make us procrastinate.

You have to identify all your distractions and try to eliminate them from your life or at least for the time you’re working on your goal.

For example, if you’re writing something like an essay, don’t leave the TV on. It won’t allow you to fully focus on the task at hand.

You might not even notice how you ended up on the couch eating chips and watching a documentary about female spiders that kill and eat the male spider after “making love to each other”. And yes, the spider part is true!

A lot of people spend most of their time on social medias, scrolling through thousands of memes like zombies every day.

Social networking is bad for your mental health and you should avoid it as much as you can. It won’t allow you to achieve your goals, because you’ll be spending way too much time on something useless like tagging your friends on memes all day long.

While social media might not be the only distraction in your life, it could be the biggest one, so make sure to spend less time on it.

Eliminate distractions

Don’t Wait For Tomorrow

We always tend to put things away for tomorrow or even a later date. Like I’ve said before, you’ll probably keep putting it away and it will never happen.

So, whenever you decide to push your goal to a later date, just tell yourself that you are going to do it today.

Tell yourself that you are capable of doing it now and there is no reason to push it away any further.

Don’t give excuses and don’t wait for a “perfect time” to do something. The perfect time is right now.

When you procrastinate, you only lie to yourself. So, stop lying to yourself! Be the person you want to be

Hang Out With Non-Procrastinators

The people you hang out the most will influence you without you even realizing it.

If you constantly go out with friends who have bad habits like procrastination, then chances are, you will develop this habit as well.

Try hanging out with people who are taking their goals seriously.

Also, ask for help and advise when it comes to reaching your goals.

For example, if you want to have a fit body, nobody will hit you in the face (hopefully) if you ask for advice from people who already have a great body shape.

Ask how they achieved their goal, what worked and what didn’t work for them. Simply try to understand how to achieve that specific goal.

You might get some great advice that you would’ve never found otherwise.

Create A Routine

When it comes to small things like washing the dishes or cleaning the room, we tend to procrastinate on those things the most. Why should you wash those stupid dishes, right?
Those “small things” will continue developing your bad habit of procrastination and you’ll do it more and more.

Set a daily routine to prevent procrastination.

Your daily routines should consist of things that you always procrastinate on. Things like exercising, reading, meditating, cooking, housework and so on.

If you hold on to your routine, it will make you feel really good, because you’re accomplishing the tasks you’ve set to yourself.

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Reward Yourself!

Whenever you accomplish a task or goal, you should reward yourself in some way.

Get creative here. Don’t fill your stomach with junk food or something like that just because you did something productive.

For example, when I wake up, I don’t eat breakfast until I exercise, meditate and read a book. When I do all of those 3 things, then I reward myself with a healthy breakfast.

It makes me feel really good when I reward myself for doing a set of tasks.

Are You Going To Take Action?

So, now that you know how to prevent procrastination, will YOU take action and become the best version of yourself?

Even with the best advice in the world, you are not going to stop procrastinating if you can’t beat your own mind.

Take control of your life. Don’t lie to yourself every time you have to do something.

It takes hard work and dedication to stop procrastinating completely, but consistency will always bring good results!

 

Do you procrastinate a lot? How do you deal with procrastination? Comment below!

18 thoughts on “How To Prevent Procrastination – No More Lies!”

  1. John Rico says:

    Procrastinating is my number one enemy. Well I think everyone or most of the people procrastinate. I hate it when I procrastinate because I don’t finish my job and I cram last minute to do the work. After I read your article which is very helpful, you motivated me to stop procrastinating and start doing some achievable goals til I reach my main goal.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, everyone procrastinates more or less. It’s very important to stop doing it thought or at least do it less often to reach your important goals. I’m glad this article motivated you to take more action!

  2. jeffrey16201 says:

    Awesome tips on how to prevent procrastination, I think we all are guilty of this especially when we must do things we are not crazy about doing?

    I find for myself getting started often is my biggest problems, I like your tip on using baby steps I think this is something I will try to form a better system of getting started with things I don’t want to do but need to get done?

    1. Donny says:

      It’s definitely hard to do things that you might not enjoy doing at all. But if you can manage to beat your own “lazy mind”, then you are on the road to success in life, because you will develop a mindset to reach for your goals. 

      If something needs to be done, you will do it, because you won’t allow your mind to make you lazy!

  3. Joe says:

    You make some very good points, and I really like some of your methods to resolve the issue.

    And where does procrastination come from? Well like you said about the cat videos, it feels good. I’m my case, I’d just rather not think about projects that are due because thinking about it causes stress. And since there is plenty of time left, rather than getting things done, I get caught up in the “video games of life” and end up scrambling to get it done come due date.

    1. Donny says:

      Most people choose something much easier and more fun than the project or goal they have to achieve. It’s a bad habit that reduces your productivity quite a lot. 

      It’s really important to try and get rid of procrastination if you’re want to become successful!

  4. cristina says:

    Hello there. You are so right! I DO THIS SO MANY TIMES…I just can’t be bothered and this is the truth when we let things for other time. I know is a big mistake and i always promise my self to not do this:)
    I will try to follow your advice, very helpful one to set small goals, step by step each time and I will try to make a routine from this. And then…the free time(If I have one) I will do other things:)
    Thanks for a very informative and helpful article:))
    Cristina

    1. Donny says:

      By dividing your goals into small steps you’re definitely making it easier for yourself. When you’re focusing on one step at a time, you won’t get those thoughts of putting it away for tomorrow, because it will simply look and sound very easy to do!

  5. Alice says:

    I must admit, I procrastinate a lot, I mean, a lot!

    When I was just starting with my websites, I made a goal to publish at least one post every week and I did for the first 4 months until 2 weeks ago when but I got distracted by what was going on at work. I also tend to spend a lot of time on social media which is not healthy.

    Telling other people what I want to accomplish and hanging out with non-procrastinators are great advice to prevent putting off the things I need to do, thank you.

    1. Donny says:

      Yes, it’s very easy to get distracted by social media. It consumes way too much time.
      I would suggest spending less time on them. You will definitely become much more productive this way!

  6. Justin says:

    It took me all through high school and college to finally break my habit of procrastinating! You finally realize that it’s just easier to DO it. Making lists is a MAJOR part of my life now, as is watching motivating videos as you said.

    1. Donny says:

      Haha, I also started preventing procrastination after school years. Well, it’s never too late to do it! I definitely came to the realization that it’s easier to just so it rather than put everything away for tomorrow.

  7. Erin says:

    I love all the tips you shared. I feel that I have so many distractions. Sometimes I also forget about my motivation. Thanks for sharing these awesome videos from great, influential and successful people we all love.

    1. Donny says:

      It’s easy to forget and lose all motivation but checking out some motivational videos can really help to get it back. When you’re motivated, you won’t get distracted as much, so it’s a good idea to get motivated!

  8. Alex says:

    As a college student, I see procrastination as the biggest problem confronting my peers. People put things off until the last minute only to panic the day before it is due. It is harmful to their bodies and minds.

    I do have a question though. Out of all of these recommendations you listed, which one is number one? Most procrastinators probably could not decide between all the ones you listed. I look forward to hearing your answer. Thank you for sharing and I hope you make it a great day!

    1. Donny says:

      Indeed, procrastinating is quite harmful on your body and mind. Our daily lives are stressful enough, no need to add additional stress by putting things away into the future! 

      The best thing to do, is beat your own mind. Take control, don’t let yourself to procrastinate. Whenever you feel like putting something away for tomorrow, just do it right now. Develop this kind of mindset to prevent this horrible habit. Like I’ve said in my post, no methods will help if you can’t control yourself at all. You have to stop lying to yourself!

  9. Ronnie Jordan says:

    Great advice. It is hard to not always do what you plan. I found for me if I plan to do something I try to tell someone as you said. It means a lot to me to do what I tell someone I sm going to do. I let pride beat procrastination for me.

    1. Donny says:

      Telling someone that you’re going to do something is definitely a great way to prevent this habit, because you’ll want to prove that you can reach your goals not only to yourself but to your friends or family as well! When you’re mind is telling you that you shouldn’t do it or it’s not worth it and you should do it another time, try to fight those thoughts and always do everything right now!

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