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I am sure at some point you have told clients to stop procrastinating!  But find yourself doing it as well.  So is there something you have been putting off?

Something there in the back of your mind you know you need to action but you keep convincing yourself… It can be done tomorrow. Perhaps you have even been focusing on other tasks just to avoid that one thing you should be doing.

The trouble is, that one thing is not going to simply go away. So, take action by reading the following ways on how to avoid procrastination.

Sometimes avoiding a task can be due to not knowing where to start. Get to know your tasks, make sure you fully understand the task at hand. Break down larger projects into smaller actions which are easier to organise.

Taking on those larger, longer tasks first might seem daunting but it will be the best way to ensure those tasks will be completed, especially if you have a deadline. Tackle the big tasks first and everything else you need to do that day will seem like a breeze.

There might be some smaller tasks you have been pushing back, like making that important phone call. Prioritise your tasks by their importance and urgency rather than which tasks you would prefer completing first. Although, don’t fall into the trap of making a lot of different lists, it will waste time and is another form of procrastination!

Setting SMART goals are a great way to increase motivation. Setting goals for yourself which are realistic and timed means you are more likely to tackle the task knowing in advance it is achievable. SMART generally means Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Timed which creates a goal worthwhile fulfilling.

If you are the type of person who works better under pressure, you could try setting a timer to complete certain tasks. However, time management for everyone is key to avoid procrastination taking over. Schedule your day so there will be no time to delay those tasks you have been putting off completing.

When planning your day make sure you include frequent breaks. Isn’t this counter productive I hear you say? No, in fact, taking breaks which are structured and have a purpose will give you some time to be re-inspired. Go for a walk, catch up with a friend and stay hydrated. Drinking water can help to improve your concentration.

Most importantly identify the cause of your procrastination to find a solution. What is your blocker? Your phone, your confidence, your motivation. Whatever is causing you to procrastinate, endeavour to be proactive. If possible, remove the distraction or work on it, even schedule in some self improvement time to your week.

Remember, procrastination is a decision. Set yourself up for success by choosing not to procrastinate. Therefore, take back control with a lot of self motivation, only you know what potential you have to achieve, because the end result will be rewarding.

If you would like to find a solution to your procrastination, drop Emma a line at emma@theumbrellatree.co.uk or call 07977 640119 for a chat.