It may not be difficult to come up with great ideas; you may be a regular Thomas Edison when it comes to inventing and problem solving. But on the other side of things, putting those great ideas into action is the major problem in the lives of many people. Sometimes instead of getting these ideas off the ground we procrastinate and nothing ever gets a chance to take off. But there are proven techniques like list making and responsibility taking which will help us break the procrastination cycle. This article will walk you through an overview of these techniques and hopefully set you on the path toward success.

Making a list of all the things you need to accomplish may not be the most exciting or sexy technique you’ll come across, but it is certainly one of the most effective. When things are down on paper you can see what really has to be done. The task at hand might not be as complicated as you thought, and so it might be easier to tackle. On the other hand, the job might be bigger than you realized and what you thought you would get to later might take more time than you were originally going to allow. A list also gives you a visual cue about the things you might be able to outsource so you can focus on the parts of a project you do the best.

One of the most common reasons for procrastination is waiting for someone else to do a part of the task, provide you with some sort of information you think you need to accomplish the job, or telling yourself it is someone else’s responsibility and you really don’t have to do it in the end. But each of these points of view can be a mask for not really taking responsibility for the things you want to accomplish in your life. If you were to take responsibility you wouldn’t be able to wait for someone else to “give you what you need” and you couldn’t blame someone else if you should happen to fail. On the other hand, how can you really feel a sense of accomplishment if a task is completed but you had to depend on someone else to make a part of it happen? By taking ownership of the tasks at hand, you kill any reason to procrastinate other than the fact that you simply may not want to do the task. If that is the case, be honest with yourself and ask if you’re setting the right kind of work out for yourself.

Procrastination can bring loads of stress and anxiety, but facing a project with a couple of simple tools like a list or just deciding to take responsibility can help you break down the real reason you’re not doing what you need to do and can help you break the pattern of procrastination.

Author's Bio: 

Robert Greenshields is a marketing success coach who helps business owners and professionals who are frustrated that they're working too many hours for too little reward. Sign up for his free tips on earning more and working less at MindPower Marketing