DEALING WITH PROCRASTINATION
It is said that procrastination is a thief of time, so how do we deal with a thief?
Do you just let it wander around freely or you enforce a strict discipline on it?
Personally I would suggest you the latter, if not it will come back to steal from you again and again.
I understand that feeling when you are frantically trying to meet a deadline by 6pm and at 5:30pm you haven’t even completed half of the task, then your mind begins to wander back to those times when you were just scrolling through your phone aimlessly or watching a movie and kept on postponing the major task you had at hand till later.
Aren’t we all guilty?
Procrastination is a deadly trap that most people fall into, although most people confuse procrastination for Laziness but they are two different things.
While procrastination is an active process of ignoring the major tasks you should be doing and replacing it with rather unimportant ones, Laziness means unwillingness to do anything.
When you procrastinate consistently, you tend to loose focus and become demotivated to do the important things in your life and this can be very harmful to your development and general well-being, it begins to affect most of not every phase of your life.
The major question you are probable asking now is, how do I deal with procrastination?
Let’s check out some very effective tips on how to deal with procrastination below.
(1) Recognize and Accept that you are procrastinating :
It is very easy to live in denial and not accept that you are actually procrastinating, but you can’t make any headway until you come to terms with the fact that you are procrastinating and work on correcting it.
Some signs that shows you are procrastinating includes:
⁃ Waiting for the right time or the right mood to do an important task
⁃ Starting an important task, then abandoning it to check social media, make coffee, e.t.c.
⁃ Ignoring your To-do list and filling your day with unimportant tasks or sleeping
(2) Find out why you are procrastinating :
Once you have accepted s that you are procrastinating , you need to find out the reason why in order to be able to tackle it.
Some reasons why people procrastinate includes:
⁃ They find the important task they are supposed to go boring or unpleasant.
If this is the case then you need to find an interesting or more pleasant way to get the job done. For example, If you are trying to write or create something on your laptop, You could turn on music to lift your spirit while completing the task or go to a cool spot with your favorite drink and get on with the task at hand.
⁃ Not having a To-do list
When you are unorganized and don’t have a To-Do list which would help you remember the important tasks you have to carry out and when you should, you might end up postponing all what you have to do again and again.
The right thing to do in this situation is to get a To-do list and organize the tasks you have to carry out in order of magnitude.
⁃ Fear of Failure:
We tend to postpone the important tasks we have to do at hand, when we begin to feel like we can’t do it well or we will fail at it.
It’s okay to be scared, but don’t let your fear dictate what you should do.
People who are perfectionists suffers quite a lot from this, because when they don’t think they can handle a task perfectly, they dodge it forgetting that making mistakes is part of the learning process to be better.
⁃ Poor Decision Making:
People who are poor with making decisions tend to be procrastinators, because they can’t decide on what to do fast so they end up doing what they shouldn’t or doing nothing at all.
(3) Employ Anti-Procrastination Techniques:
There are some anti-procrastination techniques you can adopt which will help you on your journey to totally eradicating procrastination from your life.
We would be looking at these techniques in my next post.
Stay Tuned with this quote from Victor Kiam,
“Procrastination is opportunity’s natural assassin.”
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