Procrastination is a toxic habit in which people put off things until later or become so overwhelmed that they do not get tasks accomplished. It is easy to become frustrated when there are many big projects that need to get done and no starting or ending point in sight. Also, procrastination has a way of troubling you with both guilt and stress alike. In fact, a recent survey that was conducted on university students, showed that 65 percent of the participants agreed that they would like to stop procrastinating as the act of procrastinating would make them feel unhappy later on. If you’re a self-confessed procrastinator, here are some tips that you could give a try..right now!
Get over the fear
Fear is one of the most prevalent factors that fuels procrastination. It can the fear of doing things wrong, of failure, or even of dealing with success in some cases! Psychologists say that the answer to this lies in addressing the root cause of the fear. For instance, you may be scared of success as you might not believe that you deserve it. What you should be doing, in such a case, is to understand that you are only limiting yourself by keeping yourself away from success, and so on.
Make a list
The problem with procrastinators is that they often put things off for later, a later in the far far future, which always seems to be in the future. Jotting down a list of things that you wish to accomplish can help overcome this habit. What works even better is if you jotted down a date or a deadline next to each of these tasks. Make sure you give yourself some additional cushion time so you have no excuses to offer for not finishing the task.
Break it down
The problem with a big task is that it may seem overwhelming, daunting, or even impossible sometimes, when you look at how much work is involved. What you need to do is make these tasks seem do-able by simply breaking them down into sections and steps. This way you have a task that’s accomplish-able where you have defined baby steps to start with.
Understand your procrastination
A huge part of tackling your procrastination tendencies is understanding it. Every time you find yourself saying something on the lines of you don’t feel like working on it now, or that you can work on it later on, it means that you’re on the verge of procrastinating. So rather than giving into your impulses, try to stay and work on it, so you keep going.
Do away with distractions
Procrastinating and distractions go hand in hand. In fact, it is isn’t uncommon for procrastinators to not do something because they have other things (read: distractions), to attend to. Make sure you’re focused while you’re working on something by eliminating any distractions that might be around. This could be your mobile, the television, laptop or anything else.
Give yourself incentives
Incentives are essential to keep yourself going; they also serve as checkpoints that you look forward to reach while working on something. So ever time you finish a section of the big task, make sure you treat yourself. It can be anything from a playing a game to browsing on social media.
Use these tips to help you get started in the process of avoiding procrastination and getting things done today! Did you find these tips useful? Let me know and comment below.