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

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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🙂.

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.

There is one important thing that the best self-help teachers advise to stop procrastination. And that is…

Do the most dreaded thing FIRST. Do the thing that you least want to do on that particular day. Attack it when you’re still full of energy and willpower in the morning, and you will give yourself the best chance of success.

Putting off the dreaded item on your list saps your energy and willpower, which makes all your other tasks suffer. Thinking about that worst thing makes you not completely present with anything else.

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?

Raise your vibration. 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.

Subliminals are an alternative


You can consider using subliminals as a tool to end procrastination once and for all. Subliminals are affirmations – either auditory or visual – presented below the normal limits of perception. It may be a sound that is inaudible to the conscious mind but audible to the subconscious, or an image transmitted briefly and unobserved by the conscious mind but perceived subconsciously.  

Subliminals have been researched for more than 50 years, and have been proven over many scientific studies. Not only can subliminals help you stop procrastinating, they can also help you improve your memory, lose weight, stop smoking, increase your self-confidence, overcome your fear of public speaking or presentation, etc.

There are even urban myths about how companies and advertisers use these kinds of messages to persuade customers to act in certain ways. However, the truth is that subliminal messages won’t make you do or feel anything that you do not want to do or feel. But if you have a strong desire to make a change in some area of your life, then subliminals will assist you in getting there.

If you consider using subliminals, there are two subliminal tools that I would recommend. Subliminal360 flashes positive affirmations on your PC screen while you work, while Subliminal Guru is a set of MP3 audios that you can play in the background while you go about your daily activities, or while you’re sleeping. If this is something that you would like to explore further, then you can click on the two links above to learn more.


Else, 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!

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

  1. Kevin Bulmer says:

    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!


  2. C. Sebastian says:

    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!

  3. Deanna says:

    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.

  4. John says:

    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.

  5. Stephanie says:

    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.

  6. Emily says:

    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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