Overcoming procrastination is something you are trying your hands at ever since. However, let’s accept the fact that it is something that will exist but it can definitely be leveraged. The existence of procrastination in your daily tasks can be much lesser than you can imagine.
For this write-up we have done a thorough investigation of the why’s, how to’s, when to’s and more. Moreover, we have also resorted to science-backed surveys and self-help books.
Let’s get step by step to the gist for the cure to procrastination.
Procrastination is not an alien word for anyone. But still, what exactly is Procrastination? Briefly put, you procrastinate when you put off things that you must be concentrating in your current time. One generally does this for doing something that is more pleasurable or in the person’s comfort zone.
But, what is procrastination not?
If you’ve found yourself putting off essential tasks over and over again, you’re not the only one. However, putting off a minor task isn't essentially procrastination. It can also be good prioritization!
Moreover, putting off a critical task for a small interval because you’re feeling exceptionally tired isn’t automatically procrastination either. Hence, as long as you do not holdup starting the task for more than a day, it is only an occasional event.
If you have an authentic good reason for rearranging something vital, you may not be procrastinating. Nonetheless, if you’re plainly making an excuse because you just don’t want to do it, then you totally are.
Why Do We Procrastinate?
Mainly the following reasons:
Not knowing where and how to start
Lack of vision, focus and motivation
Laziness, fatigue or a state of overwhelm
Helplessness in the face of complexity
The trait of being perfect
Fear of consequence
The Cure to Procrastination
A keynote: Accept mindfully.
“To have a good opportunity for conquering procrastination, accept straight away that you are doing it. Acceptance will help you identify why you're doing it and take suitable steps to deal better with it”
Truly, most of us see procrastination as an awful thing. No matter what you work on, you’re not working on everything else. So the question isn’t on overcoming procrastination, but how to procrastinate well. So to harness procrastination into a positive trait, there are ways to accomplish this. First way being – good procrastination.
Putting off busy work is useful for getting big projects done. Significant projects generally need two things that busy work doesn't. These are mainly huge amounts of time and the right mood. When we’re motivated to work on something significant, it will be slanderous to waste that inspiration on getting trivial tasks done because we can give a hand at it. Directing your energy into big projects whenever you can may risk not keeping up with smaller tasks. But perhaps this will prove a good thing. Working on an ambitious project you really enjoy will leave the right things undone.
The other side to the positive procrastination coin is structured procrastination. This is a remarkable strategy that transforms procrastinators to effective beings, appreciated and accepted for all that they can achieve and the good use they make of time. The idea is that whilst working on lesser imperative tasks as a way to avoid the big ones, we are actually hoaxing ourselves into working on our most important projects after all.
This practice will ultimately exploit listing our tasks by order of importance. Significant tasks are at the top of to-do lists alongside other less significant ones. Natural procrastinators will generally turn down those important and fearful tasks at the top of the list for easier, smaller tasks further down. By adding tasks to lists that seem urgent but actually aren’t, one can hoax the self into doing things that really are to be done, since one will consider that as procrastinating on bigger tasks.
A Final Overcoming Procrastination Checklist
- Start small and set boundaries
- Be concrete and start with the hardest task
- Visualize the completed task and how relieved you feel then
- Be kind to yourself
- Break down tasks
- Anticipate social media distractions or set them as final rewards
- Just start without thinking much