How to Stop Procrastinating: TOP 7 Ways to Avoid Procrastination

 How to Stop Procrastinating: TOP 7 Ways to Avoid Procrastination 

 "Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder."

        - mason cooley

"if you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.

        - bruce lee

What Is Procrastination?


Procrastination is when you put things off for a later time. forms of Procrastination include:

  • ignoring the task, hoping it will go away
  • underestimating how long it will take
  • overestimating your abilities and resources
  • telling yourself that poor performance is okay
  • doing something else that is not very impotent
  • believing that repeated "minor" delays will not hurt you
  • talking about a hard job rather than doing it
  • putting all your work on only one part of the task
  • becoming paralyzed when having to make choices

TOP 7 Amazing Ways To Cure Procrastination

stuck in a Procrastination rut? perhaps you're Procrastinationright now by googling 'how to stop Procrastination'? whether you've spent the last two hours cleaning your room from top to bottom, or you've been scrolling through the endless sea of online posts, we've all been there. 

so lets this be your last bit of Procrastination, and check out the top 7 ways to cure Procrastination & get working!

1: break down the steps 

With any task, you need to do, whether studying for an exam or completing a project, break it down into smaller steps.

Doing so will increase expectancy in our procrastination equation, as smaller tasks seem much easier to accomplish than larger projects

While everyone has a different sweet spot, I find that being hyper-specific with timelines is very helpful to me. 

For example, if I need to study for an exam next week and I have several lectures and practice problems to go through, I will take a few minutes to think about which lectures I should complete each day as well as how many practice problems. 

I then put everything into Things 3 which is my personal to-do app of choice, but you should obviously use whatever tool you prefer. 

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2: keep the task small 

The hardest part in getting work done is just starting. 

One of my favorite study hacks to address this is the Pomodoro Technique. In short, you work in 25-minute blocks, each separated by a five-minute break. 

During each block, you focus on just one small task.  

This was actually revolutionary for my study habits and we started using it in med school. 

And you may be thinking, how does this actually help me get started on my work? Going back to our equation, this increased expectancy

If I sat down to study and told myself I need to study for five hours, I would definitely get distracted very, very, easily. 

But if I instead tell myself, I only need to study 25 minutes on this one little task it becomes far less daunting and it becomes much easier to not only get started but also to stay focused for the 25-minute Pomodoro

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3: set the bar low 

This is yet another trick to increase the expectancy in our equation. 

Set the goal to something less than what you were actually capable of. I have used this recently for my own meditation practice. 

When I set out to meditate for 20 minutes every day, I only get around to doing it a couple times per week. 

It just felt like I never had the time to actually sit down and do 20 minutes of meditation, so I rarely did. Instead, I lowered my expectations by aiming to meditate for just two minutes every day

By lowering the bar, I found myself meditating most days and even though I set the goal as just two minutes, I almost always exceeded it. 

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4: hack pleasure from the experience of studying

Do you ever feel like studying is boring? What if you don’t actually support the immediate outcomes of the task? Let's say you don't know what you want or maybe you have unclear priorities. 

These examples all point to a low value in our equation, an increase in value will help us overcome procrastination. 

So how do we increase value? One way is by giving yourself a reward for completing a task. 

For example, you can reward yourself with a healthy and tasty meal or by hanging out with your friends after and only after you finish your chemistry homework. 

If you need help with self-discipline like this, check out our self-discipline blog. Alternatively, you can improve the experience of the work itself. 

As you progress in your medical education, the work gets more and more focused on the material you actually enjoy. 

However, in the beginning, you may have to grind through subjects that you do not find stimulating

To improve the experience of studying, consider mixing up your study environments or listening to great study music.


5: use Parkinson’s law to your advantage 

The idea that you can complete your task at a later time can crush even the most productive individuals

Enter Parkinson’s Law. Parkinson’s law states that work expands to fill the time allotted to it. 

meaning if you have only 30 minutes of work to do, but you allot two hours of work to do it, then you’ll end up spending the entire two hours. 

As I've stated in another blog, I use this technique frequently by creating artificial deadlines that force me to get work done more efficiently

These artificial deadlines decrease the delay in our motivation equation, thus decreasing the likelihood of procrastination.

The trick is to not be too aggressive with your timelines as it can lead to unnecessary stress

With time, you will get more accurate at gauging how long a task will take and how to use Parkinson's law to your advantage. 

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6: be deliberate with your study environment 

We can all agree that one of the biggest killers to our productivity are distractions

Avoiding distractions through sheer willpower is unlikely to be fruitful long term. Rather, approach it prophylactically by crafting a work environment that minimizes distractions. 

In doing so, we're decreasing impulsivity from our motivation equation. 

For me, this translates to placing my phone on airplane mode, putting my Mac on do not disturb, and going full screen with the work at hand

If working at home distracts you, then opt for a library or a coffee shop instead. Above all, make sure you minimize your digital distractions

I have found that any other type of distraction pales in comparison to the focus-killing nature of notifications from your phone, smartwatch, or computer

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7: understand your personality type 

The issue with advice, in general, is that one suggestion can work wonders for one individual, but not for another. 

Of the previous six tips, I am doubtful that any of them will not work for you, but I am confident that some will work much better than others

Now, a big part of optimizing your own life, whether that's productivity or study habits, diet, exercise, or anything else is understanding oneself. 

One of the tips that didn't make this list, for example, is accountability and that's because it's highly effective for some individuals with a certain personality type, but significantly less so for others. 

I go over how you can determine your personality type, as well as specific strategies for each personality type such as accountability.

I’d love to hear from you what other tools, tricks, or hacks you use to overcome procrastination. 

Have you found loss aversion useful for you? How about accountability groups? Share with the rest of us what has worked for you down below and let's help each other out.


Procrastination is due to very natural and ancient brain programs that are there to help us survive. these brain programs are in conflict with our modern life and higher goals/thinking (pre-frontal cortex). tasks/work greet interpreted as dangers/risks and our ancient brain tries to avoid it.

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FAQ Time

How can I stop procrastinating immediately?

Top 7 Ways to stop procrastinating immediately

1. resolve any potential emergency

2. do a 5-to-10 minute daily review

3. focus on your mits

4. eat the frog: if you can complete the hardest task first, all other tasks will seem less daunting.

5. use the Eisenhower matrix

6. complete quick tasks immediately

7. create a mini habit for challenging tasks

How do I get rid of procrastination?

7 steps to rid of procrastination

1. break up with perfectionism

2. improve your time management skills

3. learn how to prioritize

4. make realistic lists

5. build your confidence

6. forgive your mishaps

7. just do it!

What are the 4 types of procrastinators?

1. knowledge deficit procrastinators

2. skill deficit procrastinators

3. motivation deficit procrastinators

4. social procrastinators

Does everyone procrastinate?

  •  does everyone a procrastinators sometimes? why or why not?

  • for those students who do not procrastinate (as a rule), was there a turning point that caused you to stop procrastinators? explain.

  • what clues can help you recognize procrastinators?

  •  when might procrastinators become a problem?

  • do procrastinators cause problems in other areas of our lives? explain.

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