Delaying action to wait for the right time, the right mood, or whatever it is that you think will ensure success only delays the results you want to get. Sometimes the best way to get things done is to do it now. Not tomorrow or the next day or sometime in the near future. While there are times you may have to put things off, making it a habit can hinder you from accomplishing the things you set out to do. Here are some ways to avoid procrastination and do the things you need to do now.

Develop self-awareness. Some things become part of a routine that you start doing them without much thinking. Practicing self-awareness allows you to take an objective look on habits that may be hindering you from achieving your goals. Pay attention to how quickly you act on the things you need to do. If you find that you seem to have a habit of putting off a task for later, accept that it may be something you need to improve on.

Determine the reasons for delaying action. Is the task difficult, boring, or both? Or are there too many things that distract you from what you have to do? You need to reflect on why you may not be working on the important things that need your attention so you can start resolving them.

Take control and change what you can. Start making small changes that will help you deal with habits that no longer serve you. Get organized, get high-priority tasks accomplished, and stay focused on crossing off items on your to-do list.

Use breaks well. Working without any rest is not only tiring. It also makes it harder to have fun doing the work you need to do. Taking a break is not a waste of time when you are busy. In fact, it is much needed to refresh your mind and body. Take deep breaths, stand up and stretch, enjoy a short walk, play brain games, or do anything that re-energizes you.

Keep your end-goal in sight. The next time you are tempted to put off a high-priority task, think of the potential impact on your bigger goals. Don’t lose sight of the big picture as failing to accomplish an important task at hand may influence the outcomes of your long-term goals.

Now is always a good time to do it. Whatever it is that you need to do, motivate yourself to do it now. Sometimes the trick to accomplishing something unpleasant or boring is to just go right ahead and do it. Allowing yourself to get stuck in a perpetual state of procrastination can make you lose precious time doing nothing. Taking action is important in getting the results you want.