Try these 5 tips to break out of that cycle of procrastination. 1. Don't rely on willpower alone, it's not the best motivator. 2. Look for positives to help mitigate some of the anxiety surrounding deadlines. 3. Plan ahead to avoid situations and stimuli that cause you to procrastinate. 4. Reduce the effort involved to get started. 5. Reward yourself for taking the first step!