Ways to Avoid Procrastination

Girl stressed because she procrastinated

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Trying to finish up your assignment in time? Or meet a deadline but don’t have the will?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

Everybody has this procrastination disease that we’d like to get rid of.

It’s a very annoying thing because no matter how much you need to finish that project, you always seem to find ways to get yourself distracted.

Here’s some great ways you could implement to stop procrastinating and get back to work:

1) Start with small sections

Sometimes we get too lazy to start work because of the amount of work itself is so huge that we just know that it’ll take 3-4 hours to finish.

Because of that, we will always try to find alternatives to distract ourselves.

But supposing you make your target smaller, you’d be surprised at how much more willing you are at doing that work.

For example, I have a thesis that I need to finish last month but the report will obviously take long that I felt very lazy to even look at it.

But after I made up my mind that I should at least finish chapter 1 before evening, I finally had this boost of motivation because I have an aim to relax afterwards.

See how the magic works?

Better yet, while doing my work, I began to develop ideas which made me even more motivated to finish my work because my mood was already there.

In the end, I finished the whole thesis that very day.

2) Set a relaxing reward for yourself

Sometimes when doing work, you just hate to even look at it because all you want to do is relax.

Sounds familiar? Same here.

I procrastinated so much that by the time I finally get to work, I have already wasted so much time doing nothing and worrying which I regretted because all that time can actually be put to good use.

The next day, I put a target to finish my work in an hour so that I can play World of Warcraft which is an online game (My hobby).

I was surprised as to how motivated I was just to play my game!

But that’s just a personal reference, you could simply replace my game aim to anything that you really like to do when relaxing such as watching Game of Thrones for a change.

3) Get influenced by people

Some people have simply a huge burst of motivation and energy that you’ll never actually believe how they got that.

People like Bill Gates and Steve Jobs have a very high aura that no matter how down they are, you just know that they’ll find a way to get back up because you can already see how successful they are to back up that claim.

Have you ever imagined yourself talking to them?

You’ll be amazed at how much energy and motivation you will suddenly get if you do because that’s actually our human nature.

We need to be inspired by each other.

You don’t have to go through the trouble and talking to those big people though, anyone can motivate you.

For example, I always see my father working day and night without rest and he only comes home to sleep.

He barely gets time to rest and whatever few hours he have at home, he’ll try to stay awake and spend time with us but he never manages to stay awake more than 10 minutes.

He’s very exhausted but he keeps pushing himself to find money to support the family.

Because of that, I always keep pushing myself to work harder too so that one day, I can ask my father to rest at home and let me do all the work.

Moral of the story is that you can find inspiration from people to help you stop procrastinating.



Procrastination is extremely annoying and everyone hates that.

But it’s part of human nature when we are too pampered so we need to always push ourselves and find motivation by starting small or seeing how influential people do work in order to give us that boost that we need.

Try checking out my Wealthy Affiliate review here for a change, would you believe that I managed to do everything if I procrastinated?

6 comments to “Ways to Avoid Procrastination”
  1. Hello Riaz,
    This is an awesome post! I’m familiar with procrastination and the guilt that follows. I’m a college student/ work at home mom/ small business owner and trying to keep up can become challenging at times. I’ve found that my daughter and husband motivate me a lot, thank God! Some thing else that helps me, is seeking inspiration or my creative muse i suppose, because it constantly reminds me of what I want and what I’m working so hard to achieve.

    Best wishes to you,
    ~ Crisaly

    • Thank you Crisaly! Seeking inspiration is really a great source of motivation to help you stop procrastinating I agree! When everything else fails, we need to remember our goal and why we do that do get that boost we need. Thanks for sharing that with us, I really appreciate you dropping by!

  2. Thanks for some awesome ways on avoiding procrastination 🙂 It’s a matter of disciplining ourselves and saying “NO” to the distractions in life.

    I’m working hard towards success but I know that in order to get there I’ve had to learn to make sacrifices and only focus on the big things that matter.

    Brian Tracy’s “Eat That Frog” book is a great read. You’ll enjoy it!

    By the way, I’ve just shared this great post across my social networks 😉


    • Thank you Neil! You’re totally right, sometimes we procrastinate because we’re distracted like a LOT. “Eat that frog” sounds like a great book, I’ll sure to check that out. Thanks for sharing this post as well Neil, I’ve returned the favour 😉

  3. Hi Riaz! I love your site. Its clean and neat. I totally agree with you that taking small steps at a time to complete something massive is the way to go and surrounding yourself with successful people boost your motivation as well. I have personally experienced your suggestions on avoiding procastination and it really works. Thanks for sharing this!

    ~Jack (BareNakedScam)

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