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5 Ways to Slay Procrastination & Laziness

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I’ll do it tomorrow? How many times have you said that in your head? You know what that’s called, it’s procrastination! Realize it, recognize it and nip it in the bud. The shadow of procrastination and laziness is always lurking so it’s important to work to overcome this habit.

Laziness creates a snowball effect of procrastination because everything that should have been done is being pushed back. Procrastination creates undo stress which in turn, creates negative emotions like:

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  • Anxiety

  • Fear

  • Anger

  • Regret

All this could be prevented if you just make the necessary changes to work towards eliminating that habit. It’s not easy to break tradition and stop doing what you’ve done for so long. It will take determination and will power to create a new, more productive habit for yourself.

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1. Not a Minute to Lose. From personal experience, the number one way I stop myself from procrastinating is to get up and get started on what I need to do right away. I’ve been known to spend a little too much time scrolling aimlessly through my phone, watching YT videos, looking at Instagram etc. Putting off what I needed to get done because of sheer laziness. The moment I started getting up and getting started, I was able to get more done and push less into the next days list of things to do.

2. Sonnets not Novels. Discard the lengthy TO-DO List. It’s daunting to look at a mile long list of things that need to be done. It kind of makes you want to jump back in bed and pull the covers over your head.  Once you factor in the time it may take to tackle these tasks, you would probably never get them all done anyway. A better approach would be to create a list of 5-8 achievable tasks and put the most tedious at the top. I find it better to get the difficult things done first, the less mind numbing tasks next, then sprinkle the things you can set and forget in between. 

For example, on my list of things to do today is:

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  • outline & create this blog post

  • Pick stock images for this blog post

  • Meal plan for the week

  • Make grocery list

  • Grocery shop/order online

  • Do laundry

The blog work is the most tedious so that it at the top of my list for the day. My meal planning and grocery listing doesn’t require as much brain power so it comes after and I sprinkle rotating clothes from the washer to the dryer in between these things throughout the day.

3. Stick to the Script. Don’t waste time putting thought into a list that you’re not going to follow. Stick to your script and follow the plan. It’s understandable that sometimes unforeseen circumstances arise but, for all intents and purposes try to stick to the plan you’ve laid out for yourself.

4. Eliminate Distractions. It’s awfully hard to concentrate on what you need to do when your phone’s going off or your hopping from browser window to browser window every time a new thought crosses you mind. It is however ok, to have a place to jot down things that come to mind so you won’t forget. Write it down and put it aside to address later. I have an easy to use brain dump organizer template to help with this.

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5. Breaks in Between. It’s important to give yourself small breaks between tasks just to relax and do a little mental preparation before moving onto the next item on your list of things to do. Small break does not mean an hour…. 10-15 minutes are more ideal. That gives you time to have a snack or even put that next load of laundry in the wash.

There’s no concrete solution to completely eliminate  procrastination. We all “just don’t feel like it” sometimes. We can however, work toward making an effort to get ‘er done even if we “just don’t feel like it”. For most times that I’ve been lazy and not done what I was supposed to do, I’ve regretted the decision but in turn, have always genuinely felt better upon completion of the things that I did not procrastinate to do.


What are your thoughts on combating procrastination?