Procrastination is putting off tasks until a later time. This is a poor habit that can severely impede time management and contribute to stress. People procrastinate for many reasons, including fear of failure, perfectionism, disorganization, or simply not wanting to perform the task because it is not pleasant.
Procrastination can lead to loss of opportunities. For example, a late project may result in the loss of money, loss of respect from co-workers and/or your boss, or just not being as successful as possible.
To overcome procrastination, start by visualizing the completed task. "Seeing" the end result and understanding how you will feel when the task is complete will help motivate you to get started. The next step is to make a plan for completion by identifying what information and resources are required for the end result you've envisioned. Make a list of every activity and piece of information you will need. After you've made your plan, it's time to get to work.
If the task appears overwhelming, break it down into smaller tasks and complete each task in priority order. Breaks and celebrations are not only essential, but they are encouraged when you are working on a big project.