Saturday, 19 August 2017

Procrastination: Better now than later

Stop missing your deadlines with these quick tips on how to nip procrastination in the bud.

Change your mindset
The first step lies in understanding that the task still has to be completed, so it is better to finish it sooner and have some time to relax, rather than rush out a poorly executed job.

Put things into perspective
If you feel daunted by the task, ask yourself if it is insurmountable or if you are allowing your fears to get the better of you.

Just do it
Put your reservations aside and get started. You can figure out how to circumvent the roadblocks along the way once you get the ball rolling.

Start with the hardest task
Worry and fear are at the root of procrastination. So the best way to stop procrastinating when handling a complicated project or challenging task is to start with the most difficult part of the job first.

Break the task up
Compartmentalise the task into smaller, more manageable chunks. Every time you complete a portion of the task, you are one step closer to finishing the job.

Reward yourself
Stay motivated by giving yourself a treat after you complete part of a task.

Set a timeline
By committing to finish the project by a certain time, you can gauge your progress more accurately.

Ref: the new paper, 18 August 2017

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