My Top 10 Tips to Stop Procrastinating (That Actually Work)

You’re not lazy or undisciplined. You just don’t know these secrets — yet.

Dan Silvestre

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Just one of my tips to stop procrastinating can help you beat the battle of procrastination once and for all.

Here’s a secret that once you know it, can change your life:

Action leads to motivation, not the other way around.

Once you start, you don’t need any extra motivation to do the job. It’s Newton’s first law at work:

“A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion.”

Once you start — even doing a tiny action — it becomes easier to keep going. It’s all about building momentum.

That’s how you make progress on your goals, big or small. Make it a habit to keep the ball rolling.

So here’s the secret to overcoming procrastination:

Make it easier to get started — ridiculously simple.

Where do you find the most resistance? At the beginning of a task. But once you get started, it becomes easier.

To make it easier to get started, follow one of my top 10 tips to stop procrastinating.

#1 Break down tasks

Do you ever stare at a task so big you don’t know where to start?

Right, me too.

And what do we do? We procrastinate.

Breaking down tasks is a powerful antidote to procrastination. Break down big ambitious goals into small steps. Think of it as a project, a series of small tasks linked together.

Here’s why this works:

When you have a clear list of smaller sub-tasks, you know what you need to do next.

You can focus on what’s in front of you, completing one sub-task at a time. You’re not overwhelmed by the entire project anymore.

And you’ll also feel you’re making progress. Each sub-task completed will bring you closer to…

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Dan Silvestre

Performance coach helping leaders get the right things done with less effort than anything they've tried before. Join 20k+ readers: newsletter.dansilvestre.com