Everyone is tempted to the dark side of procrastination and most give in. Here are some of the reasons why we procrastinate and how to combat them.
We procrastinate because the tasks are too overwhelming
Sometimes tasks are too difficult and broad that we don’t know where to start, so we end up putting these off until we find out it’s piling up like a mountain of dishes.
- Break down your work into little parts. As they say, every huge step is made up of humble beginnings. Create a detailed, realistic and manageable schedule and focus on one part at a time. If it’s still a bit too big, then break it down further. You might say that it’s a waste of time, but it actually helps you plan the things you need to do in order to accomplish this specific task effectively.
- Get organized. Don’t rush over things and “get it over with”. Doing the same thing again after you’ve messed up is worse than not doing anything. It requires more effort, time and work, which could lead you to procrastinate.
- Monitor your progress. Keeping track of where you are is essential in completing a task. It helps you determine whether you’re ahead or behind the schedule. Mark each small part as a completed short-term task.
We procrastinate because we are afraid of failure or unable to make a decision
- Don’t wait for the perfect timing. Stop overly complicating things as they normally are. There are always two sides in a tablet, no matter how thin you slice it. So weigh down all the pros and cons and see if the pros outweigh the cons, without being biased. You don’t need everything to be perfect. Just put your best foot forward and get a grip!
- Take action. People always have dreams, goals and things they want to achieve, but the problem is they only talk, and not do it. So get your gears on, plan, and implement how you want to do it.
- Visualization works. Focus on your desired outcome, how you’ll feel after doing what you really want to do. Inject positive thoughts into your system.
- Tackle psychological issues. Fight your doubt and low self-esteem as they will only pull you down. Go out of your comfort zone. It won’t be easy, but it will be worthwhile.
- Talk it out. Share your goals with someone who has achieved the same thing if that convinces you more to do it and motivates you. Surround yourself with positive people and get encouragement.
We procrastinate because we are burnout and distracted
- Don’t overwork yourself. We want to achieve things we planned to do in the shortest time possible and we end up beating ourselves. Being too tired to work can result to not working at all.
- Give yourself a little break. Reward yourself for the good job you’ve done once in a while. Take a rest. Some of us are just itching to do something and can’t stay put, but having a peaceful state of mind, and freeing yourself from the clutter help you better think of ways on how to do the things you want to do.
- Change your environment. Having a messy workplace can decrease your productivity. Transfer to a place in your house where it is not as noisy if you get distracted to noise easily. Clean up your room and desk. This will give you more peace and clear your mind so you can do your thing better.
Time is precious. So let’s do our best to maximize it the best way we can and not kill it by putting off the things we ought to do.