The guilt of procrastination is all too familiar to anyone who’s ever had a deadline. It feels like a brick is sinking deep into your gut. It makes your pulse thud with a heavy drumbeat as the seconds tick and tock. It scatters your focus and forces you to scurry through tasks that need time to complete. Procrastination is one of the worst feelings ever, and everyone suffers through it at one point or another in life.

It’s not Just Laziness:

Even though procrastination can arguably be described as an inevitable part of life, if it starts becoming routine to a person’s behavior, procrastination can create lasting negative effects. Procrastinating is a very emotional process. It has less to do with logistical planning, and more to do with the psychological attitude a person has about what they’re actually procrastinating. Chances are that if you feel a negative emotion about doing something, you’ll put it off until the last minute even though shirking your responsibilities poses risks. If you happen to be someone who struggles with constant procrastination, here are five tips on how to regain control of your attitude and take the proper initiative no matter what you have to accomplish:

1. Don’t be so hard on yourself: Sometimes people procrastinate because they’re afraid of making mistakes. Instead of punishing yourself before you’ve even tried, just bite the bullet and go for it. If you happen to make a mistake, remember that nobody’s perfect.

2. Allocate your Time: When faced with an ambitious task, break it down to small goals that you intend to accomplish in structured intervals of time. Diving in without a schedule can easily overwhelm you if you aren’t sure of yourself.

3. Get Difficult Tasks Out of the Way First: It’s always a good idea to tackle difficult aspects of a project while your energy levels are high and your faculties are fresh. Instead of putting off what intimidates you for later, do it while you still have the momentum to power through.

4. Don’t Pause to Admire your Work: Regardless of what you might be working on, stopping every now and then to stock of a project often causes distractions that divert your attention from the ultimate goal. Unless what you’re working on is meticulous, save the victory lap for after you’re finished.

5. Cut off All Distractions: The more you can concentrate on a task at hand, the more desirable of an outcome you will have when you are finished. Avoid working on projects in environments where people, noise or media can distract you.

Life doesn’t feel good if you spend most of your time doing things down to the wire. Even though it can feel difficult at times, the best way to make good use of your time is to live in your truth and build the courage to put first things first. Procrastination is a symptom of your inner emotional state. Rather than allowing yourself to succumb to that emotion, be bold and confront it. Chances are you’ll thank yourself when all is said and done every single time. If you like what you just read from our blog, you’ll love the various informative workshops and events listed on our website and social media. Whether you’re interested in personal development, or overall improvement of your business, give us a call at 1 (888) 823-7757 to find out how The RISE Programs Academy for Business Coaching and Leadership Training can help you break past your daily struggles and start soaring in success.