How do I Stop Procrastination – The Best Tips to Stop Procrastinating!

Hey guys, Clark here from Self Help Books. Procrastination is the THIEF of time and has been known to ruin careers and harm self-esteem and even health (due to the stress and anxiety).

Alas, there are many people who are chronic procrastinators. I was one such person, and maybe you are too, in which case you are probably thinking “So how do I stop procrastination?” Well, if you read on till the end I will share my best tips to stop procrastinating with you:).

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The Most Important Thing..

When we procrastinate, we put off important tasks that we should be doing till it’s too late. You may have a test or exam coming up, but instead of studying you are messing about with miscellaneous things like social media, reading blogs, sweeping the floor – putting off studying until a few days (or hours!) before the test.

You know you should be studying, but you just don’t feel like doing anything. 

And when it’s already too late we panic, and wish we got started earlier. Then, we repeat this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

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There is one important thing that I advise in order to stop procrastination. And that is…

Raise your vibration or state of being. I think the simplest explanation for the term vibration is how you feel. One of the most straightforward ways to raise your vibration is through meditation. When you meditate, you connect to the so-called Source or Source Energy (there are many other names for this – God, Being, Universe, etc.). It is the place from which everything originates. When you meditate effectively, you allow yourself to receive the impulse to act. And whatever you do will be more effective than if you do something without inspiration. At the very least, the energy you get from meditating would make you less likely to procrastinate. Read: A simple meditation with effect

A few other tips that can help you

Another important thing that I’ve been taught, and believe in after trying it out and experiencing it for myself – is that action inspires action. Do SOMETHING, and it will generate the momentum you need to continue being productive. But to really believe in it, you must experience for yourself that action inspires action.

So get moving! And know that once you take the initial step, the rest of the steps will start to flow. There is never a perfect time.

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the best advice to stop procrastination. When we sleep, we flush out toxins from our body, heal damaged cells and produce new cells – thus refreshing our whole body and mind. You get relief from stress, worry, anger, sadness, etc. When you get a good night’s sleep, you wake up feeling more energetic, happy and optimistic, ready to take on the day.  

Change your environment. Different environments have a different impact on your productivity. Doing work in the bedroom may make you want to lie down or sleep:). When I am waiting at the airport when I write the words flow because there are not many things you can do at the airport:). Get rid of the distractions around you.

An environment that makes us feel inspired now may lose its effect after a period of time. So if that is the case, then it is time to change your environment.

Have a HUGE goal that turns you on. Procrastination is the absence of inspiration. And often times, the absence of inspiration is caused by you not having a big or WORTHY enough goal. Take a short break and ask yourself whether what you are working towards align with your heart’s desires? If not, what can you do about it?

Hang out with people who inspire you to take action. If you spend some time talking to Oprah and Bill Gates, I bet you will feel more inspired to act on your dreams. The people you are with influence your behaviors. Read a few inspiring quotes at the start of each day. You can find them just by doing a simple search on Google.

Read posts by inspiring personal development teachers, and correspond with them regularly via email or social media.

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That would be all from me today. If you have enjoyed or found this post to be useful please share it with others, and should you have any questions or comments (such as which tip works best for you, and your own personal tip to overcome procrastination) in regards to this topic just let me know in the comment box below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thanks for reading!

12 thoughts on “How do I Stop Procrastination – The Best Tips to Stop Procrastinating!”

  1. Hi Clark,

    The headline got my attention, because it’s something I know I can be doing better. I’m getting there, but as my mindfulness and self awareness improves, I’m seeing just how easily I get distracted and justify putting some things off. Even when I’m in rhythm and getting things done, it’s still too easy for me to think, “Well, I’ve done all that. I deserve a break now.” I’m still working on the balance. I’m getting there.

    Keep up the great work!

    Kevin

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  2. Hello Clark,

    I enjoyed your article about procrastination. I also used to be a victim to my own procrastination!

    I had to chuckle a little bit at your comments about changing environment; when I get stumped or have been working for one long stretch, I go outside and take a walk – which actually helps me fight procrastination as it gives me energy to keep going in the big picture. The other reason I had to chuckle at your changing environment section is because I have purposely set up my office in such a way so I can (and do) rearrange it when I get tired of the layout; this keeps my desk and entire office clean and allows me to switch up what I’m looking at!

    Anyway, great and very relatable article! Thanks!

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  3. I really enjoyed your article on procrastination. I think most of us are guilty of it at some point. I found that doing the least liked jobs first helped a lot. Getting those jobs out of the way makes everything more enjoyable and you feel like you have accomplished a lot.

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  4. Hi Clark, I was reading your article again and realized that I am also a procrastinator, but not so bad that I leave things until the last day. The thing is that when I do get down to it, I have found that there is a lot of benefits and realize that I should have done it long ago.

    Some time ago I wanted to do an article about the best drinking water filter systems, but there was a lot of work involved in getting it together. When I eventually go to do it, this article attracted the most interest and got me my first sale!

    So what you are saying here, is soooo on the money! Keep up the great work.
    Regards, John.

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  5. I used to be a procrastinator. As you said, it can be so damaging to our lives and many people have had their careers ruined due to procrastination. I like your advice and help with this common problem that many people face. I am like you in that if I get started doing other things that are on my to-do list, I become more motivated and feel more empowered to conquer those things that I put off.

    Thank you for writing such a wonderful article.

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  6. hi Clark
    Ahhhhh procrastination! I used to procrastinate a lot and then would do certain things last minute. I am a very organized person so it would typically be the tasks I really dreaded. The rest would get done with plenty of spare time. But I agree that doing what you dread first is the way to go. As it often turns out not to be as bad as you originally thought. I also make a lot of lists! They keep me on track.

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