...Be honest with yourself about what might be holding you back from getting a task done. Then think of realistic ways you can get past it.

If you think you’re stuck because of a more serious health problem, talk to your doctor to make sure you get the right diagnosis and treatment.

If good old-fashioned procrastination is your issue, break big projects into smaller ones you can do more easily. You can set deadlines to stay on track. Some people also find it helpful to reward themselves when they make progress.

When you catch yourself wasting time, forgive yourself rather than feeling ashamed or angry. You may be less likely to procrastinate again if you go easy on yourself.