How to End Procrastination Once and For All

August 18, 2018

Career Advice

Sometimes procrastination feels like a disease with no cure. In fact, some of the worst procrastinators may suffer from a lifelong infection! But there has to be a way to overcome this bad habit. What is the secret?! This Harvard Business Review article really struck a note with a procrastinator like me. “The skill we really need to develop—and it is a skill—is transitioning,” the author Peter Bregman says.

It’s so true. When we procrastinate on a task we must do, it’s because it’s going to make us feel uncomfortable. It might cause us stress or anxiety, or we might not even know where to begin so we feel overwhelmed. We’d rather stay in the comfortable zone–the zone of checking emails, doing the busy work, and finding pretty much anything else to do but the task at hand.

The “transition” skill we must develop is simply that of starting. If we can start the task at hand and move from that comfortable to uncomfortable zone, we will be more productive. All it takes is recognizing our attempts at procrastination, and then taking that first step. The more we do it, the more easily the transition will happen in the future. Before you know it, you might have the ability to overcome procrastination once and for all!

How do you beat procrastination? Share your tips below!

Image via Vic/Flickr.

 

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