Here are 11 common causes of procrastination plus practical steps you can take to overcome each one. If procrastination is something you struggle with, these steps will definitely help.
Complicated-task anxiety: Break big, complicated tasks into smaller pieces. Complete a starter task, no matter how small.
Fear of imperfection: Accept that perfection is rarely attainable and seldom necessary. You’re a person, not a robot. Use the 80/20 rule whenever appropriate.
Indecision: Determine your decision-making criteria, then set a deadline for your decision. Ask a friend to hold you accountable.
Priority confusion: Distinguish obligations from options. What are you really responsible for? List and prioritize tasks.
Boredom from minutiae: Automate simple repetitive tasks whenever possible.
Lack of focus: Minimize distractions. Check e-mail and voicemail only twice per day instead of every five minutes. Find a quiet room where you can concentrate. Resist the urge to keep taking breaks. Commit to working a defined amount of time then set a timer.
Poor organizational skills: Clean your work area. Put tools and utensils in their proper place so you can find them when you need them.
Laziness: Remind yourself of the consequences of procrastination. Resist the urge to be a couch potato. Try to complete several small tasks to provide a feeling of accomplishment. Develop the "do it now" habit. Reward yourself.
Lack of energy: Maintain a regular sleep routine. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly. Do not skip breakfast.
Early morning lag: Before you stop working each day, make a list of the tasks you want to begin first thing the following morning so you can hit the ground running the next day.
Post-lunch fatigue: Before leaving for lunch, make a list of the things you plan to do when you return so you can pick up where you left off. Avoid eating a heavy lunch.
Remember, you control your thoughts and actions. Think and act wisely!