How to Permanently overcome procrastination?

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How to Permanently overcome procrastination?

Are you tired of constantly putting things off? Fed up with that nagging feeling of guilt that accompanies procrastination? Well, my friend, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re diving headfirst into the murky waters of procrastination and learning how to conquer it once and for all.

You, yes you, sitting there reading this, secretly feel the frustration of procrastination, don’t you? You’ve got a mountain of tasks staring you in the face, but instead of tackling them, you find yourself scrolling through social media or watching cat videos on YouTube. And hey, I get it. It’s comfortable to stay in the cozy embrace of procrastination. But let me tell you something: it’s time to break free.

You might be thinking, “But why bother? Procrastination is just a part of who I am.” And hey, I’m not here to judge. But what if I told you that you could reclaim your time, your productivity, and your sanity? Yeah, I know it sounds too good to be true but stick with me here.

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. You have that important project due, but instead of getting started, you decide to clean out your fridge or reorganize your sock drawer. And then suddenly, it’s the night before the deadline, and you’re pulling an all-nighter to get it done. Sound familiar?

Well, it’s time to put an end to this madness. No more last-minute scrambles, no more missed opportunities. It’s time to take control of your life and kick procrastination to the curb. So, are you ready to dive in and discover how to permanently overcome procrastination? Let’s do this.

1. Unmasking the Procrastination Monster

Alright, let’s get real for a minute. Procrastination isn’t just some innocent little habit; it’s a sneaky little monster lurking in the shadows of your mind. But fear not, my friend, because today we’re going to shine a light on this beast and send it packing once and for all.

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Step 1: Recognize the Deeper Issue

First things first, we need to understand what we’re dealing with here. Procrastination isn’t just about being lazy or unmotivated; it’s a symptom of something deeper. It’s your mind’s way of avoiding discomfort, whether that’s fear of failure, fear of success, or just plain old fear of the unknown.

Think about it like this: procrastination is like a safety blanket that we wrap ourselves in when things get tough. It’s comfortable, it’s familiar, and it’s oh-so-tempting to stay there. But here’s the thing: growth only happens outside of your comfort zone.

Step 2: Embrace the Discomfort

I know, I know, stepping out of your comfort zone is about as appealing as a root canal. But trust me, it’s the only way forward. Think of it like going to the gym. Yeah, it sucks at first, but the more you do it, the easier it gets, and the stronger you become.

So, next time you catch yourself procrastinating, ask yourself why. What are you really afraid of? Is it fear of failure? Fear of success? Fear of looking like a fool? Whatever it is, acknowledge it, embrace it, and then kick its butt.

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Step 3: Break the Cycle

Procrastination is like a vicious cycle that feeds on itself. You put something off, feel guilty about it, then put it off even more to avoid feeling guilty. Sound familiar?

Well, it’s time to break the cycle. Instead of letting procrastination dictate your actions, take back control. Set small, achievable goals for yourself and celebrate each one you accomplish. It’s like giving the procrastination monster a swift kick in the shins.

Step 4: Change Your Mindset

Here’s the thing about procrastination: it’s all in your head. Literally. So, if you want to overcome it, you need to change the way you think about it.

Instead of seeing procrastination as the enemy, see it as an opportunity for growth. Yeah, I know, easier said than done. But hey, if you can change your mindset, you can change your life.

Step 5: Practice Self-Compassion

Listen up, self-criticizers (again, myself included). Beating yourself up over procrastination isn’t going to solve anything. In fact, it’ll probably just make things worse.

So, cut yourself some slack. We’re all human, we all procrastinate, and that’s okay. Instead of berating yourself for procrastinating, acknowledge it, learn from it, and move on.

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Step 6: Create a Procrastination-Busting Plan

Alright, it’s time to get down to business. Grab a pen and paper (or your favorite note-taking app) and create a plan for overcoming procrastination.

Start by identifying your triggers. What usually sets off your procrastination? Is it boredom? Stress? Overwhelm? Once you know your triggers, you can come up with strategies for dealing with them.

For example, if you tend to procrastinate when you’re stressed, practice deep breathing or meditation to calm your mind. If you tend to procrastinate when you’re bored, find ways to make your tasks more interesting or rewarding.

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Step 7: Take Action

Last but not least, it’s time to take action. No more excuses, no more procrastinating (ironic, I know). It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Start small. Pick one task that you’ve been putting off and commit to doing it right now. Set a timer for 25 minutes and focus on that task until the timer goes off. Then take a short break and do it again.

And hey, if you need a little extra motivation, try bribing yourself. Promise yourself a reward for completing the task, whether it’s a piece of chocolate, a Netflix binge, or a night out with friends.

2. Shifting Your Mindset for Procrastination Conquest

Alright, my fellow procrastinators, let’s talk about the powerhouse that is mindset. We’ve already established that procrastination isn’t your arch-nemesis; it’s just a bump on the road to success. Now, it’s time to adopt a mindset that will pave the way to victory.

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Step 1: Recognize Your Inner Dialogue

First things first, let’s tune in to that little voice in our heads. You know the one I’m talking about. It’s the voice that says, “I’ll do it later,” or “I’ll never finish this.” Yeah, that one.Start paying attention to your inner dialogue. Notice when you’re being your own worst enemy and throwing up roadblocks to progress. Are you telling yourself you’re not good enough? Not smart enough? Not disciplined enough? Well, guess what? That’s just your brain playing tricks on you.

Step 2: Flip the Script

Now that you’ve identified your negative self-talk, it’s time to flip the script. Instead of focusing on what you can’t do, focus on what you can do. Instead of saying, “This is too hard,” say, “This is challenging, but I can handle it.”Think of it like this: you wouldn’t go to a job interview and tell the interviewer all the reasons why you’re not qualified for the job, would you? Of course not! So why do it to yourself?

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Step 3: Set Positive Affirmations

Alright, it’s time to break out the positive affirmations. I know, I know, it sounds a little cheesy, but trust me, it works.Start each day by saying some positive affirmations to yourself. It could be something as simple as, “I am capable,” or “I am in control of my time.” Repeat them to yourself throughout the day, especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed or tempted to procrastinate.

Step 4: Embrace the Growth Mindset

Ever heard of the growth mindset? It’s the idea that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. In other words, you’re not born with a fixed set of skills; you can always improve.So, instead of seeing challenges as roadblocks, see them as opportunities for growth. Did you mess up on that presentation? Instead of beating yourself up about it, ask yourself, “What can I learn from this? How can I improve next time?”

Step 5: Surround Yourself with Positivity

They say you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. So, take a good look at your inner circle. Are they lifting you up or dragging you down?Surround yourself with positive, supportive people who believe in you and your goals. And hey, if you can’t find them in real life, there’s always the internet. Join online communities, forums, or Facebook groups of like-minded individuals who can offer support and encouragement.

Step 6: Practice Gratitude

Last but not least, practice gratitude. Yeah, I know, it sounds a little woo-woo, but bear with me here.Take a moment each day to reflect on what you’re grateful for. It could be something as simple as a warm cup of coffee in the morning or a text from a friend checking in on you. By focusing on the good things in your life, you’ll cultivate a positive mindset that’ll carry you through even the toughest of times.

3. Mastering the Art of Prioritization

Now that we’ve got our mindset in check, it’s time to talk about everyone’s favorite topic: time management. I know, I know, it sounds about as exciting as watching paint dry, but bear with me here. Mastering the art of time management is crucial if you want to kick procrastination to the curb.

Step 1: Set Clear Goals

Ever heard the saying, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time”? Well, it’s true. Without clear goals, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of distractions and procrastination.

So, grab a pen and paper (or your favorite note-taking app) and jot down your goals. Make them specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound (SMART, for short). For example, instead of saying, “I want to lose weight,” say, “I want to lose 10 pounds by the end of the month.”

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Step 2: Create a Killer Schedule

Now that you’ve got your goals in place, it’s time to create a schedule that’ll help you reach them. And no, I’m not talking about a rigid, soul-sucking schedule that leaves no room for fun. I’m talking about a flexible schedule that works for you.

Start by blocking out chunks of time for your most important tasks. For example, if you’re a morning person, schedule your most challenging tasks for the morning when your brain is fresh. If you’re more of a night owl, save those tasks for later in the day.

But hey, life happens, right? So, be sure to build in some buffer time for unexpected hiccups. Because let’s face it, we’ve all been there: you plan to spend an hour working on that important project, but then your cat decides it’s the perfect time to knock over a vase. Thanks, Fluffy.

Step 3: Say No to Multitasking

Raise your hand if you’re guilty of trying to juggle a million things at once. Yeah, me too. But here’s the thing: multitasking is a productivity killer. Instead of getting more done, you end up getting less done, and what you do get done is usually subpar.

So, put down your phone, close out of those 20 browser tabs, and focus on one task at a time. Trust me, your brain will thank you for it. Plus, you’ll actually get more done in less time. It’s a win-win.

Step 4: Eliminate Time Wasters

Let’s talk about time wasters, shall we? You know, those sneaky little things that eat away at your precious time without you even realizing it. I’m looking at you, Netflix binge-watching sessions and endless scrolling through Instagram.

Now, I’m not saying you have to give up your favorite guilty pleasures altogether. But maybe limit them to certain times of the day or use them as a reward for completing your tasks. For example, tell yourself you can watch an episode of your favorite show after you finish that report you’ve been putting off.

Step 5: Use Technology to Your Advantage

Ah, technology. It’s a double-edged sword, isn’t it? On one hand, it’s the source of all our distractions. On the other hand, it can be a powerful tool for boosting productivity.

So, instead of letting your phone and computer control you, take control of them. Use apps and tools like Trello, Asana, or Todoist to keep track of your tasks and deadlines. Use browser extensions like StayFocusd or Freedom to block distracting websites. And hey, if all else fails, there’s always the good old-fashioned pen and paper.

Step 6: Learn to Delegate

Listen up, control freaks (myself included). You don’t have to do it all yourself. I repeat: you don’t have to do it all yourself. Sometimes, it’s okay to ask for help or delegate tasks to others.

For example, if you’re swamped at work, ask a colleague to help you out with a project. If you’re drowning in household chores, enlist the help of your family members or roommates. And hey, if all else fails, there’s always TaskRabbit.

Step 7: Celebrate Your Wins

Last but not least, don’t forget to celebrate your wins, no matter how small they may seem. Did you finally finish that report you’ve been putting off? Treat yourself to a fancy coffee or a night out with friends. Did you resist the urge to procrastinate and actually stick to your schedule? Give yourself a pat on the back.

Celebrating your wins not only feels good but also reinforces positive habits. So go ahead, give yourself a high-five. You’ve earned it.

4. The Power of Chunking: Breaking Tasks into Bite-Sized Pieces

Alright, you’ve got your priorities straight, but now comes the real challenge: tackling those big, scary tasks. But fear not, my friend, because I’m about to introduce you to the magical world of chunking.

Step 1: Identify Your Tasks

First things first, take a good look at that intimidating task looming over you like a dark cloud. What exactly do you need to do to tackle it? Break it down into its individual components and write them down.

For example, let’s say your task is to write a 10-page research paper. Break it down into smaller tasks like researching sources, outlining your paper, writing the introduction, body paragraphs, conclusion, and so on.

Step 2: Set Mini-Goals

Now that you’ve identified your tasks, it’s time to set mini-goals for each one. These mini-goals should be small, specific, and achievable within a short period of time.

For instance, if your task is to write the introduction to your research paper, your mini-goal could be to write the opening paragraph. If your task is to research sources, your mini-goal could be to find three reputable sources on your topic.

Step 3: Allocate Time for Each Chunk

Once you’ve set your mini-goals, it’s time to allocate time for each chunk. This is where the magic happens. Set a timer for a specific amount of time (I recommend starting with 25 minutes) and focus solely on completing that chunk within the allotted time.

For example, if your mini-goal is to write the opening paragraph of your research paper, set a timer for 25 minutes and write like the wind. Don’t worry about perfection; just get your thoughts down on paper.

Step 4: Take Breaks

After you’ve completed a chunk, take a well-deserved break. Step away from your work, stretch, grab a snack, do whatever helps you relax and recharge. This is crucial for maintaining focus and preventing burnout.

Remember, your brain needs breaks just as much as your body does. So don’t feel guilty about taking some time to recharge.

Step 5: Rinse and Repeat

Once you’ve taken your break, it’s time to dive back in and tackle the next chunk. Repeat the process until you’ve completed all of your mini-goals.

And hey, if you find yourself getting stuck on a particular chunk, don’t be afraid to revisit it later. Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh perspective to break through a mental block.

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Step 6: Celebrate Your Progress

As you work through your chunks, don’t forget to celebrate your progress along the way. Every completed chunk brings you one step closer to your ultimate goal, so be sure to pat yourself on the back for a job well done.

Whether it’s treating yourself to a cup of coffee, taking a victory lap around your living room, or doing a little happy dance, find a way to celebrate your achievements. You deserve it!

Step 7: Reflect and Adjust

Once you’ve completed your task, take some time to reflect on your process. What worked well? What didn’t? What can you do differently next time to make the process smoother?

Use this reflection to refine your chunking process for future tasks. Maybe you need to allocate more time for certain chunks, or maybe you need to break tasks down even further. Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to adjust and experiment until you find what works best for you.

5. Embracing Imperfection: Letting Go of Perfect and Getting Things Done

Let’s talk about imperfection, shall we? It’s that thing that perfectionists fear more than anything else. But here’s the truth: imperfection is not the enemy; it’s your ticket to freedom from procrastination.

Step 1: Recognize the Perfectionist Trap

Perfectionism is like quicksand. The more you struggle against it, the deeper you sink. It’s that voice in your head that tells you everything has to be flawless, or it’s not worth doing at all. Sound familiar?

So, let’s shine a light on this sneaky little devil. The next time you find yourself obsessing over every little detail, ask yourself, “Is this really necessary?” Spoiler alert: it’s probably not.

Step 2: Embrace the Beauty of Imperfection

Here’s the thing about imperfection: it’s what makes us human. It’s what gives our work character, personality, and soul. And let’s be real, who wants to live in a world where everything is perfect anyway? Boring.

So, the next time you catch yourself striving for perfection, take a step back and embrace the beauty of imperfection. Remember, done is better than perfect. Repeat it like a mantra if you have to.

Step 3: Start Before You’re Ready

Procrastination loves to hide behind the guise of perfectionism. “I can’t start until I have everything figured out,” it whispers in your ear. But here’s the thing: you’ll never have everything figured out. And that’s okay.

So, throw caution to the wind and start before you’re ready. Dive in headfirst and figure it out as you go. Trust me, it’s a lot less scary than it sounds.

Step 4: Embrace the Mess

Life is messy, my friend. And so is creativity. So, instead of trying to keep everything neat and tidy, embrace the mess. Let your ideas flow freely, even if they’re not perfect. You can always clean up the mess later.

Step 5: Learn to Laugh at Yourself

Let’s face it: we’re all a little ridiculous sometimes. And that’s okay. In fact, it’s hilarious. So, instead of beating yourself up over your imperfections, learn to laugh at yourself.

Did you spill coffee all over your keyboard? Laugh it off. Did you accidentally send an embarrassing email to your boss? Laugh it off. Did you spend three hours agonizing over the perfect font for your presentation? Okay, maybe don’t laugh at that one. But you get the idea.

Step 6: Focus on Progress, Not Perfection

At the end of the day, what really matters is progress, not perfection. So, instead of striving for flawless results, focus on making progress every day.

Celebrate the small victories, even if they’re not perfect. Did you write 500 words for your blog post? Awesome. Did you finish that painting you’ve been working on? Fantastic. Did you finally muster up the courage to ask that cute barista out on a date? Okay, maybe that one’s a stretch, but you get the idea.

Step 7: Practice Self-Compassion

Last but not least, be kind to yourself. We’re all our own worst critics, but that doesn’t mean we have to beat ourselves up over every little mistake.

So, the next time you mess up (and you will), practice self-compassion. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding you would offer to a friend. Because let’s face it, you deserve it.

6. Building Discipline: The Key to Procrastination-Free Living

Ah, discipline. The word that strikes fear into the hearts of procrastinators everywhere. But fear not, my friend, because building discipline doesn’t have to be as daunting as it sounds. In fact, it’s the secret weapon in your arsenal against procrastination.

Step 1: Set Clear Intentions

Before we dive into the nitty-gritty of building discipline, let’s get clear on what we’re aiming for. Discipline isn’t about punishing yourself or forcing yourself to do things you hate. It’s about creating habits that align with your goals and values.

So, take a moment to think about what you want to achieve. Whether it’s crushing it at work, getting in shape, or finally finishing that novel you’ve been working on, clarity is key.

Step 2: Start Small

Now that you know what you’re aiming for, it’s time to start building those discipline muscles. And the best way to do that? Start small.

Enter the Pomodoro Technique. Set a timer for 25 minutes and focus on one task until the timer goes off. Then take a short break and repeat. It’s simple, it’s effective, and it’s a game-changer when it comes to beating procrastination.

Step 3: Create a Routine

Consistency is the name of the game when it comes to building discipline. So, create a routine and stick to it like glue. Whether it’s waking up at the same time every day, hitting the gym after work, or setting aside time to work on your passion project, consistency is key.

And hey, I’m not saying it’ll be easy. Building discipline takes time and effort. But trust me, it’s worth it. Because once you’ve got discipline, procrastination doesn’t stand a chance.

Step 4: Stay Accountable

Remember our old friend, accountability? Yeah, turns out it’s pretty important when it comes to building discipline too.

So, find yourself an accountability buddy or join a support group. Share your goals, your progress, and your challenges. Having someone to cheer you on and hold you accountable can make all the difference.

Step 5: Practice Self-Compassion

Here’s the thing about building discipline: you’re gonna mess up. You’re gonna slip up, you’re gonna fall off the wagon, and you’re gonna feel like a failure. And hey, that’s okay. It happens to the best of us.

The important thing is to practice self-compassion. Beating yourself up over a slip-up isn’t gonna get you anywhere. Instead, acknowledge what went wrong, learn from it, and move on.

Step 6: Focus on Progress, Not Perfection

Lastly, remember that building discipline is a journey, not a destination. So, focus on progress, not perfection. Celebrate your wins, no matter how small they may seem. And hey, if you fall off the wagon, dust yourself off and keep going. You’ve got this.

7. Finding Your Why

At the end of the day, overcoming procrastination isn’t just about checking off tasks on your to-do list. It’s about living a life that’s aligned with your values and priorities. It’s about figuring out what truly matters to you and going after it with everything you’ve got.

So, take a moment to think about why you want to overcome procrastination. Maybe it’s because you want to spend more time with your family. Maybe it’s because you want to pursue your passion. Whatever it is, hold onto that

 why and let it be your North Star as you navigate the murky waters of procrastination.

Step 1: Dig Deep

Alright, my fellow procrastinators, it’s time to do some soul-searching. I’m talking deep, introspective stuff here. Grab a comfy seat, a warm cup of coffee, and let’s get to it.

Step 2: Ask Yourself the Tough Questions

Why do you want to overcome procrastination? What’s driving you to kick this bad habit to the curb? Is it because you want to achieve your dreams? Spend more time with your loved ones? Or maybe just reclaim your sanity?

Step 3: Get Specific

Now that you’ve got some vague idea floating around in your head, it’s time to get specific. Like, really specific. None of this wishy-washy, fluffy stuff. We’re talking concrete, tangible reasons that’ll light a fire under your procrastinating behind.

For example, instead of saying, “I want to spend more time with my family,” say, “I want to be able to coach my kid’s soccer team without feeling guilty about all the work I’m behind on.”

Step 4: Visualize Your Why

Close your eyes and picture it: your why, in all its glorious detail. Imagine what it’ll feel like to achieve your goals, to live a life that’s aligned with your values and priorities. And hey, while you’re at it, throw in some cheesy motivational music for good measure.

Step 5: Write it Down

Now that you’ve got a crystal-clear vision of your why, it’s time to put it down on paper. Write it down in big, bold letters and stick it somewhere you’ll see it every day. Your bathroom mirror, your fridge, your computer desktop—heck, tattoo it on your forehead if you have to (okay, maybe not that last one).

Step 6: Make it Your Mantra

Repeat after me: “My why is my North Star.” Say it loud, say it proud. Make it your mantra whenever you feel yourself slipping into procrastination mode. And hey, feel free to jazz it up with some jazz hands for extra pizzazz.

Step 7: Revisit and Refine

Your why isn’t set in stone, my friend. It’s okay if it evolves over time or if you discover new reasons along the way. So, make it a habit to revisit and refine your why regularly. Ask yourself, “Is this still true? Is this still what I want?” If not, adjust accordingly.


Let’s say your why is that you want to pursue your passion for writing. You’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, but every time you sit down to start, you find yourself procrastinating. Why? Because deep down, you’re afraid of failure. You’re afraid that your writing won’t be good enough, that no one will want to read it.

But then you remember your why: you want to share your stories with the world, to inspire others and make a difference. Suddenly, that fear of failure doesn’t seem so scary anymore. In fact, it’s downright silly. So you sit down at your computer, take a deep breath, and start typing. And you know what? It feels amazing. Because you’re not just writing for yourself anymore; you’re writing for your why. And that, my friend, is a powerful motivator.


So, there you have it. A roadmap to permanently overcoming procrastination. Will it be easy? Heck no. But is it possible? Absolutely.

Remember, you’re not alone in this. We’re all in the same boat, struggling to stay afloat in a sea of distractions and obligations. But with a little determination, a healthy dose of discipline, and a whole lot of self-compassion, you can conquer procrastination once and for all.

So, what are you waiting for? Let’s do this.