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5 Tips to Break the Cycle of Procrastination

Are you a perfectionist who struggles with procrastination? A lot of people see themselves as perfectionists, and therefore don't get tasks done until they are perfect. However, this can lead to procrastination rather than progress, and ultimately make it harder to achieve your goals. Here are some tips to help you break the cycle of procrastination and get on track with your goals.


1. Make a plan

Before you start a task, make a plan. Break it down into smaller, more manageable chunks and assign time frames for each task. Having a plan will help you stay focused and motivated. For example, if you have a report due by the end of the week, make a plan that outlines how you will complete the report by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable chunks and assigning time frames for each section of the report.


2. Set deadlines

Deadlines are great motivators. Set realistic deadlines for yourself so you have a goal to work towards. For example, set a deadline of Thursday at 11pm to have the report completed, giving yourself extra time to review the full report prior to submitting it on its due day of Friday .


3. Take breaks

Taking regular breaks can help you stay focused and motivated. When you take a break, make sure to do something that relaxes you and helps clear your mind. For example, take a 10-minute break every 2 hours to do something that relaxes you and helps clear your mind, such as drinking some water or going for a short walk.


4. Eliminate distractions

Find ways to avoid distractions, such as setting your work-chat as busy, turning your phone to silent, or putting on noise-cancelling headphones (and if you are afraid of missing on important emails - you can use the breaks from the above section to check your email and phone, but limit that to these 10 minute break).


5. Reward yourself

Rewarding yourself for completing tasks can help you stay motivated. Give yourself a small reward after completing a task or achieving a goal.


Procrastination can be a difficult habit to break, but with the right tools and strategies, you can start making progress towards your goals. By making a plan, setting deadlines, taking breaks, eliminating distractions, and rewarding yourself, you can finally break the cycle of procrastination and start achieving your goals.


If you need additional support and guidance in breaking the cycle of procrastination or remaining motivated, contact Success Engineering coaching to help you with strategies to stay motivated and focused on reaching your goals.

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