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How to deal with the habit of procrastination



Procrastination is one of the biggest productivity killers. If you think you procrastinate more than the sane limits, you need to grab the proverbial bull by its horns and deal with this killer habit.

You experience procrastination when you are doing something you don’t really feel like doing it, for instance, completing that project report, and working on that module the client had asked for a week ago (and which can cost you a project), or working on that document requiring lots of number crunching. The habit of procrastination becomes so entrenched that it becomes very difficult to deal with it.

Here are a few things you can do to beat the habit of procrastination

  • Learn to love your work. This is the best way of dealing with procrastination. When you love something, you want to do it. Even if you don’t love what you do, find the reasons to love it. What about your kid’s school fee if you complete this project on time?
  • Train yourself to hate procrastination. When you really hate something you go to extra miles to get rid of you. Consider it like shit on your hand you immediately want to wash it. Think of it like your worst enemy and yours and your family’s life depends on you eliminating it.
  • Do those things first that make you procrastinate. Do them first thing in the morning, no matter how much you hate them. Have no feeling for them. Don’t do anything else, if possible, don’t even check your mail. Simply start doing that work. It may sound like a robot, but after a while you begin to find this perfectly normal.
  • Set a timer. If you know you’ve got only 30 minutes to finish a particular task, you’ll work faster.

Read more on how to deal with the habit procrastination on this Lifehacker blog post.