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How To Stop Procrastinating

Podcast | Episode 20

How To Stop Procrastinating

Entrepreneurship, Mindset, Productivity
04/15/2019
Medha Pratap Medha Pratap
Entrepreneurship, Mindset, Productivity
“You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”

It’s Friday afternoon and the clock is ticking. You’re working furiously to complete a task before the five o’clock deadline, while silently cursing yourself for not starting it sooner.

Procrastination can also go beyond work, affecting other important parts of our lives. Not getting that irritating symptom checked out leaves an unknown disease untreated. 

Procrastination is a trap that many of us fall into. In fact, according to researcher and speaker Piers Steel, 95 percent of us procrastinate to some degree. 

Some questions we ask: 

  1. Are you an active or proactive procrastinator? (2:00) 
  2. Why are you procrastinating? (4:00) 
  3. Do you have an accountability friend/coach that keeps you accountable? (5:00) 
  4. Do you break down overwhelming projects into manageable chunks? (5:00) 
  5. When do you motivate and reward yourself after a personal victory? (7:00)
  6. How do you make your daily chores fun and enjoyable? (8:00)
  7. Do you take advantage of Airplane mode on your phone to help you concentrate? (11:00)

In this episode, we dissect the psychology of procrastination and provide valuable tips that will change your attitude from “I have to do” to “I choose to do”

Avoiding a difficult conversation only prolongs the conflict. And delaying an important life decision, like breaking up, making a serious commitment, going back to school, or finally changing career paths, can lead to running in place for years.

In the end, we kick ourselves as we wile away hours on distractions (social media and TV – to name a few) as escape routes instead of the tasks at hand. We regret the time wasted as deadlines approach, time runs out, and opportunity slips through our fingers. Don’t let this be you!

Medha Pratap

Written By

Medha is the head content writer for Staying Uncomfortable. She has leveraged her creative energy to enhance organizational brand visibility through fresh marketing communications strategies at numerous software companies. Medha has pursued her Masters of Science in Marketing and Strategy at the University of Warwick and holds a Bachelor degree in Business Management with a major in Marketing and a minor in Communications from the Ohio State University. When she isn’t busy pursuing her marketing dreams, you can find her exploring new countries or enjoying a movie or two at the theater. Favorite Quote: "A setback is a setup for a comeback."

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