5 Tips for Breaking Procrastination Habits

By Roz Jones

As you might guess, breaking your procrastination habit is going to be as difficult as creating a productive one. 

Here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • Become aware of when you are procrastinating. 
    • Figure out when and why you are putting something off. Increase your awareness of what you’re doing instead of the task that needs doing. 
  • Write down when and why you are doing it and how it makes you feel. 
    • This helps you establish a baseline and then you can analyze and recognize why you are doing it.
  • Switch it out.
    • Once you know why and when you’re following the procrastination routine, find a temporary or permanent replacement habit for it. For example, if you’re putting off a big project because you don’t have time for it, break it up into smaller tasks you can work on daily. 
  • Choose a new approach that works for you. 
    • Some people can quit a behavior all at once while others need to quit, gradually. Put into place accountability and rewards systems when you take action instead of procrastinating. 
  • Replace the bad behavior with positive behavior until it becomes a habit.
    • This can be as simple as using apps to help you be more productive and make it easier to get organized, so you know what you need to be doing.

Procrastination doesn’t have to always get you down. I hope these tips will help you to kick your procrastination habits to the curb as you prepare for the new year!

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