Procrastination is the act of delaying things, of slacking off, of prioritizing less important things than the more important ones. Procrastination is therefore counterproductive and negative. Constantly doing this can result to problems on both the personal and professional level. Here's how you can stop procrastination now:
Don't think, just do
Thinking about something for too long is just the same as doing nothing. If you're planning things, make it quick and make it achievable. Once the planning's done, get to work right away. When you spend too much time planning, the opposite tends to happen. Nothing materializes. Your plan just stays a plan. You just wasted your time and everybody else's.
Don't dwell on things. If you delay an easy task, you're making it harder. If you delay a difficult task, you're making it impossible. The more you think about something, the harder it becomes. You're going to feel like it's something very daunting when it really isn't.
Just make the first step
As Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." Looking far out into the future will make any task seem difficult and impossible to accomplish. Just take things one day at a time. Little by little and step by step, as others would say. When you worry about the future, you become overwhelmed. It's okay to plan, but focus on today first. It's like being in a relationship. If you're happy with whomever you're dating right now, just be happy. Don't complicate things by thinking about marriage right away. The future's too far away anyway, so why worry about it? Just take the first step and soon, you'll get the hang of it.
Do the hardest tasks first
Getting things done is easier when you take care of the big things first. Go over the big hurdles first and you'll find yourself whistling while working on the small ones. It's pretty much like building a pyramid. You'll have to transport and arrange the most bricks when making its foundation. Once that's done, working on the next few layers after the base would be easier. The higher you go, the fewer bricks you'll need. When you get to the top, you'll only need a single triangular piece to make its tip.
Let your intuition guide you
You tend to consider too many options when there really is only one you need. Remember that at times, the first idea is the best. It's like shopping. You go round and round in the mall, only to end up in the same spot where you started. Worse is, when you've finally decided to go back and buy the first one you saw, someone already bought it and beat you to it. Recognize the opportunity when it presents itself to you.
"It's a wrap!"
Nothing is more satisfying and gratifying than being able to finish a task that you found impossible the first time around. Not completing a task sucks. It's stressful and depressing. You'd feel angry at yourself and so tired. It's like there's no closure and that's frustrating. If you start working on something, finish it. Don't leave it hanging around incomplete.
Why work on something if you're going to leave it undone anyway? However, not everything that you do needs to be completed. Use your common sense. You're not obligated to finish reading a book if you find it boring. However, you do need to hang the clothes you washed to dry, or else they'd smell bad. Work on your priorities, and then make it your priority to finish them.