It is estimated that 15-20 percent of the general population are procrastinators. Procrastination could jeopardize one’s job and career—even one’s health and well-being. There is no link to a gene, brain activity, or part of the nervous system that correlates with procrastination, but Dr. Joseph Ciccolo, an assistant professor at Brown Medical School, says that procrastination is a matter of self-regulation or self-control.
Here are some practical tips for overcoming procrastination: • Steer clear of environments that encourage the bad habit you’re trying to break. • Keep a journal or written record of your progress to keep yourself motivated. • Use visualization to create a picture of yourself accomplishing your goal. • Set up a rewards system for small steps taken in the right direction. • Think and act as if you are proactive. (fake it till you make it) • Break down overwhelming tasks into smaller tasks and take it one step at a time.
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