Dealing with Procrastination Head-On

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Procrastination is something that most people struggle with at some point in their lives. It's that feeling of putting off an important task or goal for another day, even though you know that it's important and needs to be done. It can be frustrating and overwhelming, and can even hold you back from achieving your goals and living the life that you want.

The Root of Procrastination

Understanding the root of procrastination can help you overcome it. Procrastination is often rooted in fear or discomfort. We procrastinate because we're afraid of failure, because we're uncomfortable with the idea of change, or because we're not sure where to start. By identifying the underlying cause of our procrastination, we can take steps to overcome it.

Fear of Failure

One of the most common reasons why people procrastinate is because they're afraid of failure. We might put off a task or a goal because we're worried about not doing it well, or because we're worried about what others might think if we fail. However, by not trying at all, we're already failing. It's important to remember that failure is just a part of the learning process, and that every successful person has failed at some point in their lives. Instead of focusing on the possibility of failure, focus on the potential rewards and benefits of achieving your goal.

Discomfort with Change

Procrastination can also be caused by discomfort with the idea of change. We might be comfortable with our current situation, even if we know that it's not the best or healthiest option for us. It's important to remember that change can be scary, but it's also necessary in order to grow and achieve our goals. Take small steps towards your goal, even if they're uncomfortable at first. Over time, you'll become more comfortable with change and it will become easier to take bigger steps.

Not Knowing Where to Start

Another common reason why people procrastinate is because they're not sure where to start. This can be overwhelming and can lead to paralysis by analysis. It's important to break your goal down into smaller, manageable tasks. This makes it easier to take action and to make progress towards your goal. Start with the easiest or most important task and work from there. You'll gain momentum and confidence as you make progress.

Overcoming Procrastination

Now that you understand the root of procrastination, here are some tips for overcoming it:

Set Clear and Specific Goals

  • Identify what you want to achieve.
  • Break down your goal into smaller, manageable tasks.
  • Set deadlines for each task.
  • Track your progress.

Create a Plan of Action

  • Identify the steps you need to take to achieve your goal.
  • Break each step down into smaller tasks.
  • Set deadlines for each task.
  • Decide how you'll measure your progress.

Eliminate Distractions

  • Identify the things that distract you from your goal.
  • Avoid these things as much as possible.
  • Use tools like website blockers or time management apps.
  • Set aside dedicated time for working on your goal.

Hold Yourself Accountable

  • Tell someone else about your goal and ask for their support.
  • Join a group or community that shares your goal.
  • Celebrate your small successes along the way.
  • Track your progress and hold yourself accountable.


Dealing with procrastination head-on is essential for achieving our goals and living the life that we want. By understanding the root of procrastination, setting clear and specific goals, creating a plan of action, eliminating distractions, and holding ourselves accountable, we can overcome procrastination and make progress towards our goals. Remember, the only way to fail is to not try at all. Take action today and start on the path towards success!