Four Ways to End Procrastination

Here are four ways to end procrastination:

1. Change environment:  procrastination often happens when you're in an environment not suited well for hard work. If your environment is filled with temptations, then it'll be hard to resist them. This will suck away your willpower and distract you from working. For example, it can be hard to focus on reading while in bed, because the comfort of your bed can make you sleepy and tempt you into taking a nap. Likewise, it's hard to study if your roommates are playing video games and are being loud. In this environment, you may rationalize laziness with excuses. You may say, "I can't study now because it's too loud, so i'll just wait til later." 
So If you want to end procrastination, it helps to place yourself in a better environment. To do this, you can set up a quiet study area with a good chair, desk, and good lighting. Or you can simply go to the library to study. Whether it is for school, work, or sports, try to place yourself in good environments with little distractions or temptations. 

2: Inspiration/Motivation: Changing your environment is just the first step of ending procrastination. After this, you need to inspire and motivate yourself to start working. People procrastinate for two reasons. First, because of the amount of effort needed to start working. Many people are just lazy and would rather be comfortable doing nothing that be uncomfortable giving effort and working. Second, people procrastinate because of fear/anxiety. A guy may be scared of getting rejected by a girl, therefore he may procrastinate asking her out. He puts it off for later so he doesn't have to think about it. This comfort of not thinking about it is better to him than the chance to succeed. For both of these reasons, you need inspiration/motivation to end procrastination. You need to motivate yourself to get out of your comfort zone and start working. You need to build up the courage to face your fears. To do this, you can think of all the reasons why your goal is worth it and why you're confident in your ability to reach your goal. You can plan to reward yourself after you finish. If you're having a hard time motivating yourself, perhaps you can watch an emotionally powerful motivational video. Once you're motivated, be disciplined and convert your motivation to action!

3. Setting smaller goals: Even if you're pretty motivated, you may still procrastinate, because your goal is simply too large. In order to end procrastination, your motivation level has to meet the required amount for your goal. So if you set smaller goals, it'll be easier to find the motivation to get started. If you're struggling with procrastination, make your goals smaller. Start with baby steps. This will increase your confidence, which will then increase your motivation. For example, if you're wanting to workout everyday, but you're procrastinating because it seems too hard, then aim to just workout for only 10 minutes. You may think to yourself, "10 minutes isn't even worth it," but something is better than nothing. Not only this, but once you get started, you'll notice that your motivation will increase. Once you get the ball rolling, you can use its momentum to keep going!

4. Help from others (accountability): If tips 1-3 still aren't working for you, then you may need help from someone else. You may need a coach, a parent, or a friend to help motivate you and keep you accountable. It feels better to be self-motivated, but sometimes you need help from others. You may not end procrastination to make yourself happy, but you may do it to prevent your parents/coach from getting mad at you or punishing you. 
Keep in mind that these two kinds of motivations are not mutually exclusive. You can be self-motivated and also want discipline from others. The best athletes want this because they know it is needed to get the most out of themselves.

If you really need to end procrastination, use all four of these tips at the same time. Put yourself in a good environment. Set smaller, attainable goals. Motivate yourself and have others keep you accountable. If you do all of this, you have a great chance of ending procrastination!

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