3 Effective Ways to Eliminate Procrastination

Here’s how to finish undesirable tasks, even if they suck.

Sinem Günel
Nov 19 · 6 min read
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“Whether it’s writing an article or building a feature in software, the work of finishing is both the most important and the least interesting.”

— Michael Lopp

If you care about the outcome of a project, you need to make it through the first stages as quickly as possible and then focus on the final phase.

  • You’ve set the bar too high: If you’ve done a great job once, you might fear to finish a new project because you’ve set a high standard. Setting big goals can be fun, but not finishing tasks because of your own standards is not enjoyable at all.
  • You don’t want the fun to end: If you love what you’re doing, you might procrastinate because you’re afraid of what’s next. Finishing a lovely project might mean that you have to work on a new, less exciting task.

Put Yourself in Jail

Creating a metaphorical jail and putting yourself there whenever you need to get important but annoying tasks done is one of the most useful productivity hacks I ever tried.

  • When in jail mode, you eliminate all distractions. Imagine sitting in a prison cell where you only have items that you really need to get your work done. Put everything else away, eliminate all distractions, and get yourself in a focused work mode.

Fall in Love With Baby Steps

One of my former coaches always talked about baby steps. He preached that whatever you do, you need to be willing to start with small moves and gradually increase your impact over time.

Put Your Ego Aside and Ask for Help

One of the most profound business tips I ever received is to replace how by who.

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of strength. It shows you have the courage to admit when you don’t know something, and to learn something new.”

- Barack Obama

Final Thoughts

In a world full of distractions, being productive and getting things done is not always easy. Yet it’s the only way to come closer to your goals and create a life you love.

  • And creating a distraction-free environment: Getting rid of notifications, clutter, and anything else that might lead to a waste of time. Plus, planning ahead so that you can get to work and start your day productively right in the morning.

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Sinem Günel

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Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

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Sinem Günel

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Entrepreneur, Coach & Dreamer. I write about Personal Growth & Business. 🇦🇹 🇹🇷 Grab your Personal Growth Toolkit: http://bit.ly/pgtk0320 I IG: sinem.guenel

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