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Science-Backed Ways to Kill Procrastination for Good

Procrastination gets a lot of us in trouble. Whether it is waiting last minute to work on a stressful assignment for work or waiting to the last second to leave for an appointment, procrastination can really kill our productivity and make us unappealing to others.

Who wants to be friends with the person that always shows up 30 minutes late or why would your boss give you important projects when you cannot effectively turn in minor projects on time?

It is time to kill your procrastination habits once and for all. Right now. Don’t procrastinate on freeing yourself from the negativity that procrastination can bring to your life and workplace.

Forget Will Power; It’s About Habits

Are you tired of always making a to-do list only to realize that you have only gotten three or four things on your list done? This is because the truth is that you only have enough willpower each day to successfully complete three or four tasks each day. The rest of your tasks are done habitually. Forty percent of what you do each day is based on habits and how you go about your day on autopilot. The best way to increase productivity is to make tasks into habits, because then it takes much less willpower to accomplish them.

Just Start

The thing most people procrastinate on is actually starting. Many people can easily get through a work-related assignment, a home project, or a workout routine after they have already begun. The problem is that most people will put off starting. Give yourself permission to stop the task after 15 minutes. Chances are, you will get a good energy flowing once you start and finally have the motivation to tackle the rest of the project.

Make Exercise a Habit

When you add a good habit to your life, it can have a chain reaction to other areas of your life. For example, if you make a morning workout a priority, you will automatically start eating a little bit healthier. This will then cause you to feel better about yourself, which can remove the mental blocks that keep you from wanting to succeed. Try implementing healthy habits in your life to see if they have a positive impact on your work life.

Now is your day to kiss procrastination good bye. Remember to also reward yourself after you get a task done quickly. Finished a hard work task? Get a cup of coffee with a co-worker. Worked out every day this week? Buy a new workout top. Reinforce good behavior.

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