The solution of Procrastination is overcoming the Habit of Delaying Important Tasks.
So, let’s elaborate!
You are on the edge of your time deadline and the clock is ticking. You’re working furiously to complete a task before the given deadline while cursing yourself for not starting the work sooner.
- Why did this happen?
- How did you lose your focus?
- What went wrong?
Obviously, there were the hours that you have spent checking emails and social media, the excessive preparation, the excitements, the coffee breaks, and the time spent on other unimportant tasks that you could have safely left for the next time.
Does it sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone!
Procrastination is a trap that many of us has fallen into. In fact, it’s found by many researchers that 98 percent of us procrastinate to some degree. While it may sound comforting that you’re not alone, it can be depressing to realize just how much it can hold you back.
Here we get to know why it happens and will explore strategies for prioritizing and managing your workload more effectively.
Does Procrastination mean being Lazy?
Generally, Procrastination is confused with laziness, but they are practically very different.
Procrastination is an active process in which you choose to do something else instead of the task and work that you know you should be doing. In contradiction, laziness suggests inertia, inactivity, and an unwillingness to work on the task.
Procrastination usually involves ignoring an unpleasant and unexciting, but likely more important task. Favoring one that is more intrusting or easier.
Even the results of procrastination can make us feel guilty or ashamed. It can lead to reduce productivity and make us feel to miss out on achieving our goals.
If we procrastinate continuously over a long period of time. We can become demotivated and disillusioned with our work, which can lead to anxiety and depression. Even job loss, extreme cases.
How to stop Procrastination?
You might be putting off a task for next time because you’ve to re-prioritize your tasks. If you’re delaying an important task for a genuinely good reason. Then you maybe you aren’t procrastinating.
You may also be procrastinating if:
Your day is filled with low-priority tasks.
Put off a task on your To-Do list for a long time, even though it’s important.
Rechecking and re-scrolling emails several times without making a decision on what to do with them.
It is tough to maintain consistency.
You fill your time with unimportant tasks that other people ask you to do, instead of doing the important tasks already in your list.
Waiting to be in the “right mood,” or waiting for the “right time” to tackle a task.
Pro Tip: Take your self-test quiz, Are You a Procrastinator? And identify how much you procrastinate.
Find out reasons for procrastination
You need to understand the reasons why you are procrastinating before you begin to handle them.
For example, You are avoiding a particular task because you find it boring or unenjoyable. And you know them, just take steps to get it out of the way quickly, so that you can focus on the aspects of your job that you find more enjoyable and pleasant.
Organize yourself by using prioritized To-Do Lists and create effective working schedules. A poor organization often leads to procrastination. Organized people can successfully overcome them. This can help you to organize your tasks by priority and deadline of work.
You can feel devastated by a task. Perhaps you not sure about your ability and are worried about failing. So you should put it off and seek comfort in doing work that you know that you’re capable of completing.
You may get surprised to hear that perfectionists are often procrastinators. Often, they rather avoid doing a task which they don’t feel they have the skills to do than do it imperfectly
Implement these techniques
Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to overcome procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely help you to overcome this deleterious habit of procrastination:
1. Break Your Work into Small Phases
The reason why we procrastinate is that subconsciously we find the work too overwhelming. Break it down into small and affordable parts, then focus only on one part at a time. Once it is completed, go for another. If you still procrastinate, after breaking it down, then break it down even further.
For instance, you’re currently writing a new book (on How to be successful). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and overwhelming as well. However, when I break it down into phases such as –
- Selection of topic
- Creating the outline
- Drafting the content
- Categorizing the chapters
Suddenly you’ll find it very manageable. What you need to do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done with your best ability, without overthinking about the other phases.
2. Change the Environment
Different environments have a different impact on our mind and subconscious, hence, it influences your productivity. Look at your study room and your work desk. Do they make you want to work more or do they make you want to have a nap and sleep? If you are unwilling to work and become lazy there, just change your workplace and can a good refreshing trip.
One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired and fills our mind with peace and energy. If it’s the only case, then it’s time to change things you are surrounded by. To boost Your Productivity, which works along renovating your environment and workspace.
3. Create a Specific Deadline
By not having a deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we feel the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back until it’s too late.
Break down your project, then create a timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. By this, you have to finish each task by a certain date. You need to be strict too. If you don’t finish this by today, it may be going to regret everything that you have planned. By this, it will create the urgency to act.
Your goals should be broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists. And that list is a call to action that you must accomplish this by the specified date, otherwise your goals will be put off.
4. Eliminate Things That are Responsible
Identify and examine your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time or shift them into a separate folder that is least accessible. Disable the automatic notification options of apps. Get rid of the distractions around you by being specified.
5. Surround Yourself by People Who Inspire You to Take Action
It is as similar as if you spend just 5 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates. You’ll be more inspired to take an action than if you spent the 20 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with or surrounded by influence our behaviors. Of course, being in a company with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies in your life too. It is the hidden power of every single person around you who inspires you.
Identify the people, friends, teachers or colleagues who trigger you. Mentors most likely the go-getters and hard workers. And hang out with them more often. Soon you will attain their drive and spirit too.
For example, as a self-improvement blogger, I connect with experts through social media platforms. I read their blogs and correspond with them regularly via email and social media.
6. Get a Buddy
Having a companion makes the whole process easy and much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals and compassion for them. Both of you can hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. It’ll be even better if both of you have the same goals, so you can learn from each other and can support as well.
7. Tell Others About Your Goals
This plays the same role on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, partner, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects and goals. Now whenever you meet them, you are liable to answer them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.
8. Seek Out Who Has Achieved It
To get an answer to what is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them, they will guide you in the right direction. By seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable. The only distance between you and your goals is just a trigger for action.
9. Re-Evaluate Your Goals
If you are procrastinating for a long period of time. It may reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing.
What exactly you want to achieve?
Does your current work align with your goals?
What should you do to get there?
What are the steps to be taken?
If not, what can be done about it?
10. Stop Complicating Things
Are you waiting for a perfect time to start working on your goals? This is a perfect time. Reconsider that thought because there’s never a perfect time you always have to start from right now. If you are always waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything. Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastinating the work.
In the end, it boils down to take action. You can make all the strategies, planning, and hypotheses. But if you are not going to take action, nothing is going to happen.
I have never heard anyone procrastinated their way to success before. I am sure it’s not going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and just do it without waiting for the perfect time.