Ultimate Guide on How to Stop Procrastinating

get-startedResearchers tell us chronic procrastination is on the rise.

But I didn’t need to tell you that, right?

Hold on… my phone just buzzed with something super important.

OK. I’m back. Where was I? Right…

In 1978, 5% of Americans reported struggling with procrastination. Today, that number is 26% (Steele, 2007).

What is procrastination and how can we stop procrastinating?

I’ve taken about 8 hours to curate some of the best information online to find out.

This guide will shed some light on what procrastination is, help you understand why we struggle with it, and offer you solutions to beat procrastination to start getting more done.


The Ultimate Resource Book to Understanding Procrastination

Start here at the table of contents. Each link will take you down the page to that section.

There’s a lot of information here, so bookmark this page, and take your time to jump around to the topics that address what you’re struggling with now.

This guide will be a living resource that changes as people suggest new great content. 

Follow along to get updates:

Introduction: What is Procrastination?

This introduction looks at what procrastination is exactly. It’s more than just being lazy or a lack of motivation to do something. Take time to read through these articles to get a clear understanding of what procrastination is and how it can make you feel.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Procrastination Guide Intro” and a link.


Chapter 1: Do I lack willpower or motivation?

People tend to focus so much on having the willpower to resist things we don’t want to do, or increasing our motivation to do the things we do want to do.

Whatever it is you want to do, but keep avoiding, this chapter will help you know what is more important than willpower or motivation.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Procrastination Resource Chapter 1” and a link.

Chapter 2: Fear of Failure

Procrastination is, at it’s root, a response to fear. And the fear of failure is one of the strongest influences that prevents you from getting started.

Learn how to handle it now.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Procrastination Resource Chapter 2” and a link.


Chapter 3: Fear of Success

Like the fear of failure, a fear of success is also a common cause to procrastinate.

If you’re not sure if you’re afraid of succeeding or not, take time to read these articles and decide if you need to change the way you think about success.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Procrastination Resource Chapter 3” and a link.

Chapter 4: Make Sure Perfectionism is Not Your Enemy

Perfectionism can feed into the fear of failure quite a bit. We want our work to be perfect, but if it isn’t, we’re afraid of it being judged. Better not to do it than to not have it turn out to the level we’d actually be happy with, right?

Wrong. Learn about perfectionism’s good and bad points, and make sure it doesn’t get in your way of starting things you want to accomplish.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Language Learning Resource Chapter 4” and a link.

Chapter 5: Destroy Distractions and Make Better Decisions

Researchers blame our  rise of procrastination on the way we use technology. With a digital leash in each of our pockets, it’s easier than ever to disappear down the rabbit hole.

In this chapter, you’ll learn how to destroy the distractions in your life and limit the number of decisions you need to make in your day-to-day.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Procrastination Resource Chapter 5” and a link.

Chapter 6: The Secrets of Productive People

You’ve probably known one of them in your life. Those people who seem to always be on top of the ball. Got an assignment due in two weeks? They’ve got it done a week early.

What makes them different? What are their secrets? This chapter looks at some sources that will help you understand how you too can be a top performer.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Procrastination Resource Chapter 6” and a link.

Chapter 7: How to Stop Procrastinating and Get Stuff Done

By now you should have a strong understanding of what procrastination is, how it comes about, and the ways productive people avoid it.

Now it’s time to look at some specific strategies and put together your game plan.

Want to add a resource to this chapter? Tweet me with “Procrastination Resource Chapter 7” and a link.

Bonus Chapter: Take a Break! Have a Laugh.

I hope all of these links have given you a path forward. If you’ve put a plan together, you’re free to take a short break now and have a laugh!

If you enjoyed this guide, I just ask that you take a second to share it with three friends or family members who really need it.

Thanks for reading!

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LeafOut is an iPhone app that helps you easily track your experiences, fill your days with more gratitude, and look back on your life -- even if you rarely have the time to sit down and write about it.

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