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Procrastination is an evil most of us recognize too well. We know what we have to do and why we have to do it, but something stops us from completing the task. We spend hours doing everything — watching YouTube videos, texting, stalking — but we don’t complete the task.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with a little procrastination, but too much of it can have a negative effect on your life. So what can you do to avoid this? Here are a few tips to help you stop the procrastination.

1. Stop thinking and start doing.

While planning can help you achieve what you want, a lot of planning tends to have the opposite effect. Spending too much time on planning distracts you from the task at hand. Instead of thinking of the perfect plan, just do the task.

2. Don’t blow a task out of proportion.

Overthinking and putting off tasks to protect yourself only increases the gap for procrastination. The more hours you spend thinking about the outcome, the worse it grows in your mind. Do the task without thinking about how you feel.

3. Take the first step.

Looking into the future will overwhelm you and the task will seem difficult. Instead of dwelling on the task, take the first step and finish it as soon as possible.

4. Start with the hardest task.

Starting with the hardest tasks relieves you of the pressure and opens you day to lighter tasks and less stress. The faster you get done with the toughest task, the less you procrastinate.

5. Make a decision.

Keeping a task aside for too long makes you feel conflicted. Instead of mulling over your decision and options, make a quick decision and settle for it.

6. Face your fears.

Taking action means subjecting yourself to possible failure and mistakes. But sometimes, you just have to take the leap and face those fears. Once you’re through with the task, you’ll understand that there was nothing terrifying about it.

7. Finish it.

Leaving a task unfinished will interfere with your self-confidence and lower your self-esteem. It’ll leave you in a negative space. Instead of delaying the task, just finish what you started.