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You’ll probably agree that starting projects can be tough sometimes. You know what needs to get done, but for some reason you find every reason to avoid getting started. Why does that happen?

Not everybody has the “get up and go” gene built in. And for you, it’s all about finding a way to stimulate it.

This “no procrastination” solution is the perfect way to push yourself. It’s perhaps the easiest way to get your tasks started and finished in good time.

Follow these suggestions to eliminate procrastination once and for all:

1. Identify the value. When trying to stop procrastinating, one of the first things to be conscious about is the value of the activity you’re avoiding. What are you getting from it? How can it benefit others? Is there actually some value to it?

• If you can identify benefits to others around you, that’s more than enough reason to get started. Hopefully, your conscience will prompt you to avoid keeping others waiting!

• If the outcome is worthwhile to you, it makes sense to get started. After all, that’s the only way you’re going to finish!

• If you can’t identify the value, then it’s probably not worth doing. There are some things that are a complete waste of time.

2. Set a schedule. Sometimes you may hesitate to get started because you’re looking at the task as a humongous challenge. If a task seems too overwhelming, it’s much easier if you break it up and schedule it into parts.

• Break down the big task into smaller, more manageable pieces.

• Prioritize them and stick to the schedule for completing them.

• Pay no attention to what’s ahead of you. Take care of one step at a time to keep the tasks from becoming intimidating.

3. Set realistic goals. Remember to always be realistic when setting goals. This means not giving yourself too much or too little time to complete a task. Be honest with yourself about what you can manage.

• What else is competing for your time? Is it more important than this current goal? Make that determination and act accordingly.

• Try to find the easiest and most complete way to get things done. Maybe your approach of doing things the hard way makes tasks seem insurmountable.

4. Reward yourself for achieving goals. Remember this psychology trick your parents used on you when you were a kid? Well, it actually works for you in adulthood! Reward yourself with something you love when you complete a task. It gives you something to work towards.

• Sometimes all you need is a break to rest. If you complete a task, you deserve the break!

• Avoid spoiling yourself. Make your rewards reasonable.

5. Do something enjoyable at the end of each day. At the end of each productive day, make time for something enjoyable. Do you have a favorite book? Or a dessert of choice? Use the end of the day to unwind.

• Treating yourself reenergizes you, allowing for more productivity the next day.

• For example, treat yourself and your friends to dinner and a movie. It helps you relax and regain your energy.

• Avoid looking at it as a reward for being productive. Instead, look at it as a deserved part of each successful day.

If you’ve been a procrastinator all your life, it will take a little time to break out of the habit. What’s important is that you have the desire to change your postponement habit! Once you kick start your commitment, it will be easier to take the steps one day at a time.

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