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Do you find yourself constantly missing appointments? Has it gotten so bad that you have developed a reputation among the people who know you for being chronically late? How about important projects? Does it seem that you’re always backed up against a deadline, rushing to get your work done on time? Does it seem like you put things off? Even though you have plenty of time to get a specific job done, do you tend to put things off until the last minute? If your answer to any of these questions was yes, you’re not alone. We all live busy lives. Between work, friends, children, school and other commitments, free time can be hard to find. A full schedule invariably means deadlines. Appointments need to be kept. Events need to be attended. Projects must be completed by certain dates.

If these things don’t happen when they should happen, the entire schedule falls apart. Not only that but missed appointments and delayed projects result in angry people and a corresponding loss of trust, a growing questionable reputation and a whole boatload of unnecessary stress. It doesn’t have to be this way. The cause of all this trouble is procrastination. Procrastination is the psychological inability to be on time. It’s one of the main avenues of self-sabotage. Self-sabotage habits like procrastination are a way to undermine the best intentions with negative thoughts and actions that ultimately cause harm. Because of this, it is helpful to think of procrastination as a self-harming habit.

Fortunately, procrastination is simply a bad habit and, like all bad habits, it can be broken. In this book, we’re going to show you how to break the habit of procrastination. We’ll start by looking at why we procrastinate. We’ll examine the causes of procrastination, how procrastination manifests itself and the various ways that it harms us and holds us back. Next, we’ll look at why it’s so important to break the procrastination habit. We’ll talk about how replacing the negative effects of procrastination can have a positive beneficial effect – an effect that can raise self-esteem, increase productivity and, ultimately, lead to more contentment and overall happiness. Finally, we’ll give you some specific tips and tricks that you can use to not only break the procrastination habit but also keep you from backsliding back into negative behaviors. If you suffer from procrastination, you are not alone. Everyone procrastinates to one extent or another. When it comes to beating procrastination, you are not alone either. Millions of people have used these techniques to eliminate stress and make their lives better. You can do it too. Come on! Let’s get to work.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

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The first step is controlling procrastination is understanding why it occurs. In this section, we’re going to examine the various causes of procrastination. Remember, when you discover what’s causing a problem, the odds are that you can solve that problem.

Discovering Why We Procrastinate

There are multiple reasons why anyone develops the procrastination habit. When you learn what your particular reasons are, you’ll be taking the first steps on the road to beating procrastination. However, be prepared. The reasons that you procrastinate can run deep. There are an infinite number of reasons for putting off a task. You may tell yourself that you don’t like doing it, or that there’s something more important to do, or that you’re tired, or…. You get the idea. Those reasons that you use to avoid doing something really don’t matter. They’re nothing but camouflage for the real reasons that lie just beneath the surface. The initial step that has to be taken in order to learn your true reasons for procrastinating involves connecting with how you really feel about the things that you tend to put off on a regular basis. Start by looking at the things that you don’t do on a consistent basis.

Do you put off doing your laundry until you have no clean clothes? Do you always put off assignments at work, turning them in late or at the 11th hour? The point is to identify the trouble spots that trip you up over and over. Next, look more closely at the things that you consistently put off. There’s a deeper reason why you do this than the things that you tell yourself. Ask yourself what those things really represent. Are they things that underpin your reputation or success? For example, are you constantly putting things off until the last minute at work because you are secretly hoping that you’ll get fired? If that’s the case, are you trying to get fired because your job is unfulfilling and, ultimately, makes you unhappy? Do you resent that you are forced to work where you work? Chronic procrastination is often simply a subconscious means to an end. By understanding the inner motivations that fuel procrastination behavior, you can begin to control the behavior.

Remember that procrastination differs from simple overbooking. Sometimes everyone takes on too much and the schedule they set simply can’t be met. That’s usually, at best, an occasional occurrence. Procrastination is a regular event – an event that is perhaps designed to let our deepest wishes become reality. In the end, getting in touch with your inner emotions and feelings about what we have to do is healing. Learning what our everyday tasks truly represent can reveal some surprising connections. Understanding why we procrastinate allows us to take the actions that are necessary to resolve the underlying motivations in a way that allows us to make positive changes and live a productive and connected life.

The Sources of Procrastination

Oftentimes, we think that we understand what causes us to procrastinate. Invariably, these causes are negative and reflect poorly on us. For example, “I can’t get anything done because I’m lazy.” or “The reason I’m so disorganized is that I have no discipline.” However, the truth is that the source of procrastination lies deeper than negative self-image. Oftentimes, procrastination is caused by unresolved psychological issues and traumas. In this section, we’re going to take a look at some of the deep sources that cause procrastination. As always, recognizing that some of these issues or traumas exist is the first step towards resolving them and eliminating the negative behaviors that they cause. Remember that once you see something and realize that it exists and has a real impact on how you behave, it becomes much harder to ignore it or pretend that it doesn’t exist. Knowledge, especially self-knowledge, is always a positive thing.

Strict Parenting

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Studies have shown that people who had strict and rigid parents are much more likely to experience procrastination as adults. The likely cause of this phenomenon is that the children of strict parents are constantly trying to have some control over their lives – control that was taken away by the strict application or a rigid set of rules. They are always rebelling against that control, even as adults. Negative behaviors, like procrastination, subconsciously feel good because they represent that rebellion. If this rings a bell with you, remember you are no longer a child. Therefore, your continued rebellion gains you nothing. You actually have all of the control over your life that you need.

Fear of Success

It can seem strange to think that someone is afraid of success. Nevertheless, it’s much more common that you think. What does success represent? For many, success represents increased responsibilities and higher expectations from everyone. It represents a greater opportunity for failure. It increases the likelihood that everybody will see that the hero has clay feet and the emperor has no clothes. Therefore, it is safer to sabotage any chance of success by procrastinating whenever possible. If this seems like you, remember that success also brings a large boost in self esteem and self-confidence. This means that when responsibilities and expectations increase, you have the tools available to handle everything that occurs.

Fear of Failure

Failure is a part of life. Everyone is bound to fail, multiple times. It’s only through failure that we learn to succeed. However, just like fear of success, people who are afraid of failing are really afraid that failure will demonstrate how incompetent, useless and hopeless they truly are. Failure, for them, is an event that will reveal them to the world as they really are. Procrastination becomes a way of putting off failure. Yet, ironically, it is also a way to make that failure occur more quickly. People with low self-esteem may fear exposure, but they also fervently wish for such exposure at the same time. At least it will end waiting for the inevitable! If this seems familiar to you, remember that how you feel about yourself is never how the world actually views you. Failure is a lesson that everyone experiences without any real mishap. Falling down allows us to learn how to get back up. In a strange way, the more we fall, the lower the chances are that we will fall again in the future. Of course, these are only several of the many sources of procrastination. No matter what your individual source may be, always keep in mind that procrastination is simply a smoke screen hiding the truth from you. Work your way through the smoke through self-reflection, find the real source of the behavior and you will have taken the first step towards removing the thorn of procrastination from your side forever.

The Procrastinating Perfectionist

There is a close tie between perfectionism and procrastination. If you tend to be a perfectionist, you already know that it is a behavior that wastes both your time and your energy. In a way, perfectionism is subject to the laws of diminishing returns. The more energy that you spend trying to make something perfect, the less time that you have to do other tasks, some of which may be more important or more pressing than the task at hand. Perfectionistic tendencies are common and, at one time or another, everyone is guilty. We all want to reach the goals that we set. We put in the effort to get to where we want to go. In short, we try to always do the best that we can. However, the chronic perfectionist has a blind spot when it comes to best efforts. This leads to a curious outcome. Attempting to do your best, results in a negative rather than a positive outcome. In this way, we can see that at times perfectionism is nothing more than procrastination in disguise. After all, the more time you spend doing one task, the less time you will have to spend on remaining tasks, some of which you don’t want to do.

Some of the symptoms of this perfection/procrastination relationship include:

● Lowered Efficiency

Not being able to let go of a task will actually lower efficiency. Not realizing that an arrival point is adequate means continued work for no purpose. The 30 extra minutes or 30 extra hours that you put in after a logical end point has been reached are lost, squandered really. That time could have been used for other productive purposes.

● Lowered Effectiveness

Once again, this is all about wasting energy and time. The things of value that you think you’re adding to a project after it’s effectively finished are illusory. There is no additional value being added. In truth, these additions many times diminish the effectiveness of the finished product. They also help you to avoid doing the things that you should be doing.

● Looking for a Moment of Perfection

Perfectionists are often chasing a mirage. They wait for the perfect moment, but, inevitably, that moment does not appear. The time spent waiting is lost in regard to productivity and again, is simply a way to not do what needs to be done. This is a textbook case of perfectionism and procrastination aligning to sabotage positive outcomes.

● Letting Details Obscure the Goal

Every job or task has a goal. The details involved in getting that job or task completed are simply a means to that end. However, for the perfectionist, those details are a means unto themselves. They obscure the real goal and, in some cases, actively work against completion. It’s not only a case of missing the forest for the trees, it’s also a case of elevating the trivial to the level of the essential. Trivia will certainly keep you busy. However, trivia will never allow you to satisfactorily complete a given project. Which, of course, is precisely the point for a perfectionist who’s keeping busy as a way to avoid completion.

● Inventing Problems That Don’t Exist

Worrying, planning and working to solve problems that aren’t likely to happen or don’t exist is another tactic of the perfectionist/procrastinator. In fact, if you want to waste valuable time and energy and avoid the real work in life, this is quite possibly the very best way to do it.

Why We Must Overcome Procrastination!

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You now have a better understanding of the causes of procrastination. Now, it’s time to get a handle on why it’s so important to overcome procrastination. In this section, we’re going to take a look at various aspects of this subject, focusing on the positive benefits that accrue when procrastination is eliminated from day to day life.

The Importance of Overcoming Procrastination

There is no doubt that procrastination is a negative behavior that adversely affects people’s lives. Everything from interpersonal relationships, to business success, can and will be impacted by this less than positive habit. This is the main reason that overcoming the procrastination habit is essential for living a fully engaged existence that brings happiness and contentment. In short, if you want to live the life that you choose, then you have no other choice than to kick procrastination to the curb.

The number one victim of procrastination is productivity. When you avoid doing what must be done, the only result is zero productivity. This lack of productivity will inevitably cause relationship woes and money problems. These, in turn, will reduce your self-confidence and self-esteem. With all of these problems weighing on you, you are likely to continue to neglect the things that are the most important. So, the downward spiral continues.

Eliminating procrastination stops the downward spiral. As productivity increases, relationship and money problems decrease. This causes an uptick in confidence and self-esteem. The more that you do, the more you can do. It’s an upward spiral in every way. This is simply the most obvious reason why procrastination must be overcome. However, there are other reasons why getting rid of procrastination is a positive step. Let’s take a look at some of these.

● Finishing Tasks Produces Positive Emotions

Procrastination never feels good. No matter how you rationalize your inactivity, you are never totally comfortable with it. There is always the nagging feeling that you should roll up your sleeves and get to work. This guilt just adds to the weight that you carry around. However, when you do roll up your sleeves and work, the end result is a sense of accomplishment. This positive emotion reinforces the impetus to work instead of avoiding what needs to be done.

● Finishing Tasks Generates Momentum

You get more done by working than by putting off the work, Now, while that may seem to be self-evident, it is a simple fact that many procrastinators fail to internalize. Getting things accomplished not only gives you a sense of accomplishment, it also gives you the time to get more things done. The more you do… the more you can do. When you see that result, you also become aware of the momentum that is a side effect of your productivity. That momentum tends to keep you moving forward towards the next task and towards success.

● Finishing Tasks Teaches You How to Budget Time

Procrastination is all about wasting time. Productivity, on the other hand, is about using the time that you have in order to obtain the best possible result. It goes without saying that if you stop procrastinating, you’ll also begin to learn how to budget the time that you have in order to achieve the things that you want.

● Finishing Tasks Teaches You How to Positively Spend Your Mental Energy

From an emotional standpoint, procrastination results in largely negative emotions. When you avoid a task, you really gain nothing and you end up feeling guilty and even more overwhelmed than when you started wasting time. This means that you spend most of your mental energy dealing with these self-induced negative emotions. When you become task oriented, you stop wasting your precious mental energy on self-created negativity. Instead, you spend your energy on getting things done and this creates nothing but positivity as a result of your energy investment.

● Finishing Tasks Reduces Tasks

We’ve already talked about the self-generated negative energy that procrastination produces. Take a moment to think about the stress caused by carrying around all those negative emotions. That stress acts as another weight, pulling you down into the darkness and away from the light. When you ditch procrastination, you also ditch the negative emotions that cause the stress. Once they and the stress are gone, you feel lighter, happier and more prepared to continue down the path that will lead to you being able to eliminate procrastination for good.

Techniques to Stop Procrastination

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There are many varied techniques to help end procrastination, and in this section, we’re going to break down all of these techniques into four main categories:

● Planning and Scheduling

● Mindset and Routine

● Practical Actions to Take

● Web and Smartphone Apps

Within these four categories, you’ll find dozens of ways to help you end your procrastination habits – for good. Start small – add one or two new techniques each day or week until you find what works well for you, and then build on those techniques as you practice new habits. Give yourself time to unlearn bad habits, and set better habits into play.

Remember that it takes approximately 21 days to solidify a new habit in your life, so go easy on yourself. Your bad habits of procrastination didn’t form overnight, and they won’t be eliminated overnight either!

Planning & Scheduling

While planning has a place in the formation of good habits that put an end to frustration, it’s often far too easy to keep planning and planning, but not partake in the actual doing. One of the keys to ending procrastination lies in doing a little planning, but a lot of doing. The following techniques will allow you to plan your goals, schedule your tasks, and finally, begin getting lots done!

How to Plan Your Project

1. For each main project, use a separate sheet of paper. That’s right, we’re going to make old-fashioned to-do lists! Put the name of each project at the top of a new sheet. Underneath the name, list the large tasks that need to be completed in getting the project done.

2. Skip a line, and write the name of the first large task that needs to be completed. Underneath that, break down the task into its smaller components. These smaller tasks are easier to complete, and checking them off will give you tons of momentum and make you feel like doing even more! You’ll also have your accomplishments in black and white, as you can plainly see from the items checked off on the list that you’ve been busy working.

3. If necessary, place proposed completion times after each smaller task so that you have a small time-based goal in mind. Setting up a loose timeline such as this will greatly help keep you on track throughout your day, and keep you from getting distracted by this or that along the way.

4. Take the task on your list that is the most difficult or least pleasant for you to do, and do that first. No questions, no ifs, ands, or buts. Just complete this one onerous task.

Now doesn’t that feel great? Try to remember how this feels and it will spur you on when you begin to want to procrastinate again.

As you’re working through your list, completing things and checking them off, reevaluate around the halfway mark to adjust things if necessary.

If this main project isn’t something that you can complete in a day, make a tentative schedule for the entire project, break it down into big tasks, and smaller tasks underneath that. And keep these to-do lists right in front of you. Remember that old saying, “Out of sight is out of mind”? By keeping the list available to look at, you’ll gain motivation to stay the course.

How to Schedule Your Time

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We discussed scheduling a little bit above, but here we’ll go really deep into how scheduling your time prevents you from procrastinating and increases your productivity.

The Pomodoro Technique

The first technique you should become familiar with is called The Pomodoro Technique. It is named after a tomato-shaped kitchen timer that college student Francesco Cirillo used to time his study blocks. Cirillo was a horrible procrastinator and needed to find a way to really get his studying done. So, he began by setting a timer for 25-minute increments. He’d study for 25 minutes and then take a fiveminute break. This worked so well for him that he began spreading the word, and soon, “The Pomodoro Technique” (named after the tomato timer) was born! Now that you know what technique you’ll be using to increase productivity and decrease the chance of procrastination, let’s set up your schedule.

The most important thing about your schedule is that it is realistic. It will do you much more harm than good if you try to schedule 16 hours of work into an 8-hour day. Be honest with yourself when you think about your capacity to focus, concentrate, and work. You won’t be at this level forever, and that’s one of the greatest things about scheduling. The more you focus, the longer you’ll learn to focus. With your goals, tasks, and available time in mind, set up an hourly schedule that starts with you waking up, and ends at the end of your workday. How detailed that schedule is will depend on what you feel you need. Many people begin with a very tight, detailed schedule, and as their self-discipline grows, they’re able to loosen the schedule a bit.

Your morning schedule may look something like this:

7 AM – 8 AM: Wake up, shower, eat breakfast, check the news.

8 AM – 8:15 AM: Check email

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM: Pomodoro 1 (50 minutes on, 10 minutes off)

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM: Pomodoro 2

10:15 AM – 11:15 AM: Pomodoro 3

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM: Lunch, errands, check email and Facebook

You’ll notice that I’ve scheduled longer Pomodoro time blocks, but you should start out with a 25 or 30 minute Pomodoro block of time. Within this time period, you’ll decrease or eliminate all distractions, and focus solely on the task you are working towards completing. After the block of time is over (use a timer for this), you must stop. If you continue working, this technique won’t work for you. Now is the time to take a five-minute break. Get up and walk around. Check your email. Go for a quick walk outside. Stretch. The point is to get away from the task for a few minutes. Now go back to the task, if it isn’t completed yet. Repeat this cycle until the task is complete! Take a break, give yourself a small reward like checking Facebook for five minutes, and then get back to the technique and your next task.

Utilizing a Planner

A great way to keep track of all your goal-setting, planning, and scheduling is by using a planner. This gives you one central location for all your information and can be an incredibly motivating tool to use in your battle against procrastination.

There is a planner type for every single personality type that exists. Minimalist planners, spiritually-guided planners, colorful planners, or plain old black and white planners… find something that you love and you’ll use daily.

Use the space to write notes about how you’re feeling as you’re moving through your day, reminders for upcoming dates and events, and additional project ideas you may have. The most important thing about a planner is that it is used several times a day, every day. Remember it’s not just a desk decoration!

Mindset & Routine

Your mindset is an integral part of eliminating procrastination from your life. In this section, we’ll explore the most successful techniques that rely on mindset and routine to increase your productivity in any area of your life. When your mindset is in solidly in the right place, you’ll see what a difference it makes in your confidence, motivation, self-esteem, and self-discipline. Developing a healthier mindset is one of the most important things you can do to eliminate bad habits from your life – procrastination included. What follows are 16 of the most effective mindset techniques that help foster productivity and decrease procrastination.

1. Begin your workday with the most difficult, most onerous task that you really don’t want to do. It may be following up with a client that you feel guilty for dropping the ball on. It may be checking your voicemail after a couple of days off. Whatever it is you are most wanting to procrastinate on – do that thing first, every single day. Make this a routine habit you get into. Once the most difficult task is done, completing others will seem so much easier by comparison. You’ll also experience a satisfying wave of relief when that monkey is off your back!

2. If you’re stuck and nothing seems to be working to get you moving forward again, take a real break. If you work at a desk, get up and get outside. Take a 20-minute walk. This acts as a kind of pattern interrupt for your brain. Breathe deeply, and notice everything around you – the sky, birds, buildings, trees. Think about anything but being stuck. When you finally do get back to work, you’ll find yourself mentally and physically refreshed and ready to tackle your task with a much clearer head.

3. If you find yourself drowsy in the mid-afternoon, take a power nap. Put your feet up, cover yourself up with a blanket, and close your eyes for just 20 minutes. It may not seem like that short period of time could do anything, but it does. Even if you don’t actually go to sleep, closing your eyes and shutting down mentally and physically for a few minutes truly works wonders. You’ll “wake up” feeling more alert, and ready to get back to work.

4. When it’s your time to work, eliminate distractions… all of them within reason. If it’s possible, shut off your phone, log out of Facebook and any other social media sites, and get off the internet altogether. Let people know that you are not to be interrupted during the work blocks you have scheduled. This is especially important if you work from home, as there seems to always be something else that needs your attention. If you have a real problem stopping going online to surf the net when you should be working, use one of the apps we’ll discuss later in this chapter to limit the sites you can access for a specified period of time.

5. Set a goal for eliminating perfectionism from your life. Perfectionism goes hand in hand with procrastination. If you’re always waiting until a project is perfect, you’ll find that it never gets completely finished. What this is, in reality, is a technique to keep you from moving forward, and it’s usually rooted in fear. You may have heard the saying, “Good enough is good enough,” and it’s usually true! After you’ve completed a project, you can go back and tweak it to your liking, but don’t let the necessity of perfection hold you back from accomplishing your goals.

6. If you are one of those that truly work well under pressure (instead of just claiming to as a way to procrastinate), then set hard-and-fast deadlines for yourself, if those deadlines don’t already exist.

7. Use positive reinforcement to motivate yourself. What do you love? What do you enjoy? Use these things as rewards for completing tasks. And when you reach a goal – celebrate big!

8. If positive reinforcement isn’t strong enough to motivate you, negative punishment might be. Unless you accomplish your tasks, something you love gets taken away. No nap, no Grey’s Anatomy marathon, no chocolate.

9. Finally, if neither of the above tactics works for you, put your money where your mouth is. Take $50 or $100 and give it to a trusted friend. Let them know the task you need to accomplish and the deadline. If the task isn’t accomplished by the deadline, they are free to take your money and do whatever they want with it.

10.Find an accountability partner. Decide on a timeline for your check-ins – once a week, every-other-day, etc. and then at each check-in, discuss what you’ll accomplish by the next check-in, and what you have accomplished since the last check-in. Finding someone with the same or similar goals will help, because you’ll learn a lot from each other as you both set about completing your tasks.

11.Stop exaggerating the size of the task at hand. It may seem like a huge, overwhelming task, but take a look at it realistically. Is it really that bad? Are there ways you can break the big task down into smaller parts in order to get the whole task accomplished? Where there’s a will, there’s a way. And the longer you put something off, the bigger it gets in your mind.

12.Expect delays and setbacks along the way. When you plan for setbacks, they won’t take you by surprise. In thinking about your goals and the tasks needed to accomplish them, also think about what could go wrong. This will help you think your way around your project and lessen or eliminate surprises.

13.Visualize your future. See it in your mind exactly as it will be when you reach your ultimate goals. Use all your senses to bring this visualization to life. Think about the things or experiences you’ll be able to have when you reach your goal. Use a vision board to create visual reminders of exactly why you want to reach your goals. Visualization may seem strange to you, but even professional athletes use this technique to perform better.

14.Positively affirm that you have reached your goals. Saying it out loud helps to solidify it in your subconscious. When your subconscious thinks that things need to be moving forward in order to reach that goal, it will create space for completing the tasks that need to be done. You’ll find these tasks easier to do now that you’ve enlisted the help of your subconscious with positive affirmations and visualization.

15.Face the fear you feel. One of the major reasons people procrastinate is out of fear. Fear of success, fear of failure, or anything in between. These feelings need to be looked at to figure out why you fear what you fear. The answer to that is a key into the true reason you procrastinate in the first place. Once you begin facing your fear, and doing the scary thing anyways, that fear will have less and less of a hold on you.

16.Last, but not least, acknowledge when something isn’t working. Staying ontrack with tasks for a project that is clearly not going as planned is just busy-work, and serves no positive purpose. Doing this is, in and of itself, can be a form of procrastination. Work for work’s sake isn’t effective.

Practical Actions

So far, we’ve discussed how to plan, create, and stick to a schedule, and looked at various techniques to squash the procrastination monster. Now, let’s take some time to dig into practical actions you can take during your days to get more done, and waste less time.

First, since we have our planning and scheduling done, we need to stop planning and get to work. This means only one thing: you have to start. Some of you are already probably feeling overwhelmed.

Try creating a “starting ritual.” For some, this may mean turning on some motivating music, taking a walk to get a coffee, or opening up a clean sheet of paper in your notebook, and sitting down with your favorite pen. Whatever it is, make it what you do whenever you start at the beginning of each day, or at the beginning of a new project. This starting ritual will help you get moving when you feel overwhelmed.

Once you’ve gotten started, focus on one thing at a time. Multitasking will only have you working harder for fewer results. Focusing on one task until completion is the only way to stop getting overwhelmed. Don’t overthink this. Just trust that this process will work.

When the project is complete – that’s it, it is complete! If you’ve finished what you’ve started, give yourself something large as a reward. Don’t go back and overthink things again, try for more perfection, or anything else. Just be done with it and be proud of a job well done.

Apps To Help Stop Procrastination

If you have a hard time saying no to certain websites, and you haven’t yet built up the self-discipline to say no to them yourself, there are a number of effective apps available that will help you in that regard.

Chrome Extensions

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The Chrome browser allows for many extensions that can help reduce or eliminate distractions while you work.

Block Site is an easy-to-use extension where you define your work time, and what sites you are restricting, and if you try to access those sites during the allotted time, you will be redirected to a different chosen site. We recommend setting the redirection site to an online task checklist. Block Site does allow you to override the settings with the proper password. You can work this to your advantage by selecting an extremely long password made up of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols – choose one you absolutely will not remember, and you won’t be able to override Block Site.

Stay Focusd is another great Chrome extension that allows you to limit the amount of time you spend on time-wasting websites. Once you use up your chosen time limit, you’re blocked out of those websites for the rest of the day.

Windows & Mac Apps

Focuswriter is an app for Windows, Mac, or Linux users that allows you to write distraction-free for a specified time period. You set your timers, choose your alarms, and keep track of your daily goals all in one place, so checking your progress is easy.

The Freedom App is a world-famous app that is compatible with Windows, Mac, iPhone, and iPad. It blocks sites as well as time-wasting apps across all of your devices.

HeyFocus is a Mac app that blocks sites, apps, and distractions (instant messages come to mind), as well as allowing you to begin a Pomodoro session at the same time. And if you choose this app’s “hardcore” operation mode, the app will not disable even if you quit it.

Smartphone Apps

First and foremost – turn off all phone notifications! This will instantly rid you of one of the largest distractions you’re up against.

FocusON is an Android app that is somewhat similar to Block Site. You set the websites or apps to block, and the time limit, and you’re well on your way to productivity.

Forest is an iTunes and Android app that helps you focus in a fun way. Plant a “tree” in the app, and within 30 minutes, the tree will mature into a grown pine. But close the app, and the tree will die. Who said beating procrastination wasn’t fun?

Conclusion

Well, there you have it. You now have all of the techniques necessary to eliminate procrastination from your life. Using these techniques, you can move forward into a new era of personal productivity and success. Let’s recap what you’ve learned. We started by getting an understanding of what exactly procrastination is, as well as looking at the various reasons why people procrastinate. Next, we took a quick look at why it’s so important to overcome procrastination. We focused on the benefits that accrue to people when they realize how entrenched their procrastination problem is and begin working to eliminate it from their lives. Finally, we took an extensive look at some very actionable tips and tricks that you can use every day to not only break the procrastination habit but also to ensure that the habit stays broken. Now, it’s time to take what you’ve learned and begin to apply it for your benefit. Once you stop procrastinating, you’ll be amazed at how much more you can accomplish and how great you’ll feel in the process. There is no reason to delay and no time like the present. Onward, upward and get ‘er done!


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