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5 Ways To Stop Procrastination

procrastinationHow many of you struggle with procrastination? On second thought, we’ll talk about it later. (drum rim shot) Thanks, I’ll be here all week.

But seriously, folks. I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t have issues with procrastination from time to time. I have searched for reasons why that might be but never found anything concrete. Many say it’s just plain “laziness” but I don’t think that’s true. I know plenty of people who are not lazy in the least and still they confide that putting things off to the last-minute is a problem.

PROCRASTINATION CAN BE TRAINED AWAY

Others say it is a self-confidence issue while others still point to the size or desirability of doing the task. Regardless of the root cause, many of us have to work hard to avoid it. Leo Babauta from Inc.com offers 5 ways to perfect “The Art Of Letting Go: How I Learned To Stop Procrastinating“. These are his 5 suggestions for why we procrastinate and how to deal with procrastination in general:

  1. I paid attention to the pain they cause me, later, instead of only the temporary comfort/pleasure they gave me right away.

  2. I thought about the person I want to be, the life I want to live. I set my intentions to do the good work I think I should do.

  3. I watched my urges to check things, to go to the comfort of distractions. I saw that I wanted to escape discomfort of something hard, and go to the comfort of something familiar and easy.

  4. I realized I didn’t need that comfort. I could be in discomfort and nothing bad would happen. In fact, the best things happen when I’m in discomfort.

Leo suggests that letting go is the only way to truly stop procrastination. What do you think?

Scott Wilson is the Director of Communications and Technology for The Urban Child Institute (tuci.org), a not-for-profit dedicated to improving the development and well-being of children. He is also a marketing and business strategy consultant for small businesses and writes regularly about Leadership, Communication and Marketing on his blog, scottkwilson.com.

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