Most people have a tendency to procrastinate when it comes to taking care of an unwanted obligation; however, some people are habitual procrastinators and are always requesting extensions on deadlines and waiting until the last minute to complete tasks. Being a chronic procrastinator in the workplace could be detrimental to your career.

Fortunately, you can overcome procrastination at work by utilizing the following tactics:

1. Take care of tasks during your most productive time of the day.

We all have a time of day that we are most focused, whether it’s first thing in the morning or late in the evening. Making yourself aware of the time of day that you function best and scheduling your day accordingly will allow you to take care of tasks during your peak productive time.

2. Resist the temptation to multitask.

If you have a lot on your plate, it’s tempting to try to take on a few tasks at the same time. Surprisingly, multitasking is actually counterproductive. You’ll plow through your to-do list faster by giving your focus to one task at a time.

3. Embrace the two-minute rule.

When working through your to-do list, take care of the small tasks that can be completed in two minutes or less first. This will help to motivate you to keep the momentum going as you tackle larger items.

4. Develop a routine.

The most productive people plan their day using a rigid routine. A routine will help to get you in the right mindset to take care of tasks and be more productive at work.

5. Find an accountability partner.

Identify an accountability partner and check in with this person on a weekly basis to discuss progress made on looming deadlines. An accountability partner can also help you to establish realistic productivity goals.

6. Break large projects into small pieces.

One of the most common reasons why people procrastinate is because a project seems too big or overwhelming to complete. You can alleviate a lot of stressful for yourself by breaking large projects into small pieces. As you complete each phase of the project, your momentum will grow, helping to motivate you to finish the project.

Taking the time to find out why you are procrastinating in the first place and implementing the best practices outlined above will help you to overcome your time management struggle and allow you to be more productive.