Procrastination can become a chronic problem and drown you in the stress and anxiety that can be felt when you leave things for the very last minute. It is not just the pain of not finishing on time but it is also the apprehension of not being able to start at all.

To help you out in this regard, we have shortlisted some ways on how to avoid procrastination.

  • Classify and Simplify Your Goals

Many people procrastinate just because the goals might be a little intimidating for them. You need to set your goals as simple as possible and divide them into smaller and achievable targets.

  • Organize Yourself

Get yourself a good planner. Jot down your tasks and activities and chalk out a clear plan with timeline and specification of goals to be achieved.

  • Set Deadlines and Schedules

All your activities and tasks should be bound by time. You need to specify the start and end times of your projects and tasks.

  • Remove Distractions

Get rid of everything around your work environment that may cause a disturbance, disruption, and sidetrack you from completing your essential tasks. Stay away from unnecessary phone calls, mobile apps, and any other forms of external non-productive stimuli.

  • Reward Yourself

You need to remain motivated to work on a particular task. Having an incentive or a reward at the end can always improve one’s performance and persuade them to do more.

  • Take Small Breaks

You should not get exhausted with the work you are performing. So, it is always advisable to take short breaks which may refresh your mind and body to do better.

  • Include Someone in Your Plan

When another person knows about your work, goals, and targets, he or she might help you start and finish work by constantly reminding you about it.


Clive Reed is an author, blogger, entrepreneur, and Editor-in-Chief of from New Milford, New Jersey. He has written many books related to self-development and stress management.