Overcoming procrastination

When we procrastinate, we don’t do or we delay doing something that needs to be done.

Why do we do that?

It can be because we don’t like the task. Or we have too much to do. Or we don’t know where to start.

What can we do?

  • Set ourselves a deadline (it might be good to actually make a note in our calendars).
  • Give ourselves a reward once we’ve finished a task.
  • Ask a friend or colleague to help us.

What do you do?

Getting started

Do you often find it difficult to get started and find yourself putting off actions or tasks to a later time? In English we have a word for this. We call it ‘procrastination‘ (in German ‘Aufschub’ or ‘Verzögerung’ or even ‘Verschleppungstaktik’).

Take a look at this lovely little video clip if you need ideas on how not to start doing the work you should really be doing! I hope it helps you!

Difficult to get started?

Difficult to get started?

The five minute rule
If you procrastinate, it means that you postpone doing what you should be doing. You might do this because a task is particularly boring or annoying. Try using Rebekah Fensome’s ‘five-minute rule‘ next time you find it difficult to get started. I know it’s not easy, but you might even be able to change your behaviour!