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Tips to help procrastination

According to the dictionary - the definition of procrastination is the act or habit of putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention.

We have all done it at some point. Go on admit it!

We busy ourselves with less urgent tasks that we enjoy more over the important jobs that might be difficult or just purely don't like doing.

So, what can we do to reduce procrastination?

1. Commit

Yep, that means fully committing to the completion of

the task - wholeheartedly! No half measures.


a) write down the task

b) split into smaller manageable chunks

c) block out a time to do the task in your schedule

d) remember to give it a "completion by" time - it's all

about committing to getting it done and what better

way than giving yourself a deadline for completion

2. Reward

Promise yourself a reward for completing your task.


That could be something as simple as a nice relaxing

cup of coffee or/and a slice of cake! Or perhaps a

cheeky glass of your favourite tipple. Whatever it is, let

the completion of the task give you all the great feels of

completion. And remember how good that feels. This

will urge you on to your next task on the list.

3. Get a Cheerleader / Nagger!

Because it makes you accountable. When you know

someone is going to be asking how you are getting on,

it's natural to want to boast "yep, nearly done". It helps

to push you along. A lot of coaches and mentors use

this method to gradually help move things forwards.

And that's what it's all about, moving tasks forward, to


4. Chip Away Straight Away

That's right, by chipping away at those tasks as they

arrive will prevent them from building up and stop that awful

dread of piles of tasks.


Adopt the method of "touch it once"

The general idea is that as soon as you touch

something, whether it's a piece of mail or a project that

needs to be filed, you immediately act on it.

This could be fully completing the task at once or

determining the next actionable steps to move it along.

The general guide is if it takes 5 minutes or less - do it

straight away. If it takes longer e.g needing some extra

research or planning more than 5 minutes, schedule

the task into your diary and block out that time.

5. Don't Get Distracted

  • Turn off your emails

  • Log out of social media

  • Don't sit near a TV!

  • Set your phone to silent or DND

Many smartphones have a "focus mode" where it will

allow you to set a period of time to not be disturbed.

This is great if you are worried to turn your phone back

to normal. Also great for ensuring you keep your focus.

6. Do it First

If you have a task that you don't particularly like doing,

we all have those lurking, then do them first. Yes, I

know, I hear you groaning BUT just think, once it's done

you can get on with the rest of your day and probably

have the rest of the day doing those things you enjoy

much more and have a better day! Now that is job


So there we have some great tips for overcoming

procrastination and getting those tasks done.

If you need an extra pair of hands to get those tasks

completed, consider getting a virtual assistant to help

you focus on the things you do best.

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