6 Ways to Stop Procrastinating... Right NOW!

We've all done it: Put off a big report due EOD because Internet memes were clearly more important, or munched on a slice of pizza while promising to start our diet tomorrow. This, my friends, is procrastination. And no matter the overwhelming anxiety and stress we feel, sometimes we just can't bring ourselves to do the task at hand.

"Procrastinators are great excuse makers," says Joseph R. Ferrari, Ph.D., professor of psychology at DePaul University and author of Still Procrastinating: The No Regrets Guide to Getting It Done. And they can convince themselves that their excuses are valid, in order to keep putting off the task at hand. "To tell the chronic procrastinator to 'just do it' is like telling a clinically depressed person to cheer up," Ferrari says. Meaning: It's much more complicated than just managing your time efficiently.

And the effects can be a vicious cycle. "Oftentimes when you are procrastinating about something, your inner dialogue starts haunting you about the activity you’re avoiding," Lauren Zander, chairman of the Handel Group, a corporate consulting and private coaching company, says. "It becomes something looming in your mind and the amount of time you think about it and discuss not doing it starts to stress you out."

That probably sounds pretty familiar—you're not alone! Here are six things you need to know if you want to stop procrastinating.