5 Tips for Overcoming Procrastination

By Mae Davies / October 4, 2014
5 Tips for Overcoming Procrastination

When there’s a task right in front of you, what do you do? Do you jump at the opportunity to finish it right then and there, or do you wait a few more minutes, or hours, or days? It may be a bad idea to start right away. That can be considered careless. You have to think if you have all the things you’ll need to make the task not just a “completed” project but a “completely awesome” project. But when you have accomplished the checklist and still refuse to do the job, it’s no longer called careful; it’s called procrastination. As a woman of high skills and competence, you shouldn’t fall for that trap. Here are some tips for overcoming procrastination:

1. Don’t make excuses

You’ll know it when you do it. Is your reason valid, or is it all just bluster? If it’s valid, you’ll feel peaceful. If it’s just a sorry excuse to do something that’s more interesting for you, you’ll feel that little conscience tugging at your heart. Be a woman of conviction; excuses are not for you. There’s no greater reason to stop making excuses than simply admitting that it’s bad, and you don’t do bad.

2. A deadline is a law

Overcoming procrastination aims for you to not just follow the law but for you to abide by it with zest and dedication. The best person for any job is someone who’s willing to travel the extra mile to give her best. The deadlines are there because they keep the workflow running smoothly. One missed deadline can produce a bad domino effect. Being the smart woman that you are, try not to just beat the deadlines; submit a task before the deadline. It’ll show everyone how productive you are and what an asset you can be. overcoming procrastination

3. Don’t bite off more than what you can chew

People tend to procrastinate not just when the job is too easy; they also do it when the job is too big. Complicated tasks should be broken down into several simple pieces. The unspoken rule of taking everything one step at a time is one sure way to overcome procrastination.  You’re in control; don’t let the jobs take the wheel away from you.

4. Own it

When a task is given to you, take responsibility. The reason they gave you the job is because they see you as the reliable lady that you are. Don’t disappoint them, but more importantly, don’t disappoint yourself. Overcoming procrastination tells you to own things, so when tasks turn out to be wonderfully successful, you can proudly say, “It’s so successful because it’s mine.”

5. Reward yourself

One of the reasons why you are tempted to procrastinate is because of burn out. If you have a valid time, use it to recharge. You deserve it, so why not take it?

Overcoming procrastination may not be easy, but it’s not impossible. All you need is patience, determination, and a starting step. The patience and the dedication, you’ve got it alright. Just work on starting now and you’ll be successful.   

About the author

Mae Davies

BA, MA Psychology (and Conflict Resolution), University of Cambridge (2007). With a decade of trial and error in psychology and 33 years of navigating my own complex (that's one word for it!) relationships with family, friends, co-workers and men, I hope I have some useful knowledge and skills to share with my readers about making sense of relationships and trying to become a better person every day.