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How to Stop Procrastinating

In everyone’s seemingly never ending struggle to stop procrastinating it often seems like a fairly innocent thing, but don’t be fooled; it has the unpleasant power to waste away precious moments of your life. Every minute you spend procrastinating is a minute you can never claw back.

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In this article you’re going to learn how to stop procrastinating and regain control of your life by doing so.

The first major step in your quest to stop procrastinating is to accept that you have a “problem” (I hate using this term and don’t mean it in a derogatory way – but it does get the point across). For many issues, acceptance is the start of success.

Once you have accepted that you have an issue with procrastination in your life, you need to take a solemn vow to defeat it. I can tell you right now that it will take dedication and perseverance to rid yourself of procrastination and become a true go-getter. However, it can be done – and by taking a vow to do so you are automatically setting a powerful goal in your life to work towards.

From there you need to identify what you are wasting your time doing on a daily basis. Cast your mind back over the past 24 hours and “take stock” of where you spent time. How much was spent on social media, or watching TV, or browsing websites that weren’t related to work or study? When you start adding up all those minutes and hours, you’ll be amazed at just how much time you could be wasting.

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At this stage, don’t be surprised if you find that you are procrastinating for several hours a day. This is far more common than you might think.

Once you’ve worked out approximately how much time you are wasting on a daily basis, it is time to take action and do something about it. Much like quitting smoking, it is extremely difficult to quit procrastination “cold turkey”. Therefore, you need to follow a graduated method to slowly wean yourself off the addictive power of time wasting and procrastination.

The easiest way to do this is to aim to reduce the amount of wasted time you have in each day by 15-30 minutes. You then deduct another 15-30 minutes of wasted time each week. This means that in week one (assuming you are currently procrastinating for around 4 hours a day) you will need to force yourself to carry out productive tasks for an extra 15-30 minutes – resulting in around 3.5 hours of wasted time. In week two you will cut that down to 3 hours, and so on.

This approach might seem rather structured – and perhaps even a little unnecessary – but it does work effectively. It also prevents you from relapsing into your old ways; something which has a tendency to happen to those who try and quit procrastination overnight.

One last thing to bear in mind is that you will never realistically reach a point where you spent every waking minute being productive. However, if you can cut down on procrastination to the extent that you are wasting no more than an hour a day, then you will be in a better situation that 99% of the population.

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To recap, it is painfully clear that procrastination has many negative effects on life. You need to realise the damage that wasting precious minutes of your day has; the cumulative effect of this adds up to a huge amount of time you can never claw back.

Start by taking real action now, in order to stop procrastinating. The sooner you get things done (and kick this nasty habit to the curb) the better. By gradually reducing the amount of time you spend procrastinating, you’ll be able to extract more out of every day … and without risking a procrastinatory binge that might accompany an overnight lifestyle change.

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