Sometimes we all postpone or delay things according to our schedule. But when we do it on a daily basis, then it leads to procrastination.
Procrastination is not just something you should overcome; it is something you must overcome if you want to be successful. All successful people understand how important it is to beat and deal with procrastination.
Why does Procrastination Occurs?
To put it simply, we procrastinate because there are distinct things we would rather do. Every moment we choose what we want to do, and the activity with the highest priority for the moment often wins. It may be spending hours on social networking sites, or it may be accomplishing a task that moves us towards our goals.
Some people think that procrastination occurs because of laziness, but in fact, we put off tasks we think we should do but don’t really feel excited about doing. Therefore, one of the biggest reasons we put off tasks is because of our emotions, not laziness.
Unfortunately, when we procrastinate on stuff that we really need to get done, we end up feeling stressed out and unproductive which can easily have a negative impact on our goals. That stress can ultimately cause to give up on our goals. That is why it is so important to concede and deal with procrastination.
If you have procrastination then you got to concede it!
As odd as this sound, I want to start off by saying that recognizing the desire to procrastinate can sometimes be a good thing for your goals. It can help you avoid wasting time on goals you don’t really want to achieve and, instead, focus on goals that will truly make you happy.
For instance, if you are procrastinating on certain tasks for a certain work goal, then there may be something more going on than just finding better to do. Your intuition may be telling you that the goal you are trying to reach is not actually for you.
Be truthful to yourself. Now there you concede it also discerns that there is no single “best way” to overcome procrastination. As different methods work for different people, you also need to find your own way below to deal with it.
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1) Do Work You’re Really Passionate About
Maybe you don’t have a procrastination problem as much as you have a work problem. If you find yourself procrastinating day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year, maybe you’re not doing what you’re meant to do. Maybe its time to get a new job, switch careers, or drop out of school and pursue your passion.
2) Forgive Yourself
Experts admit that before you can stop procrastinating, you have to forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past. It is great to acknowledge, then forgive yourself for it and prepare to move forward.
It can be hard to forgive yourself for procrastinating if you have put off something really important that has caused bigger problems and stress. However, it is vital that you do forgive yourself. If you do not, you will be likely to continue procrastinating due to a feeling of self-defeat and failure.
3) Discern that not everything is perfect
Perfectionists are often procrastinators. Many perfectionists are waiting for the right moment or for everything to be perfect to complete a task. If things are not completely perfect, they will avoid doing the task until the time is “right.”
Overcoming procrastination cannot occur until you overcome your perfectionism. You must recognize that things are rarely completely perfect. To get the task completed, you may need to make some concessions. Make your environment and timing as close to perfect as you can, but avoid waiting until everything is just right to complete tasks.
4) Learn to avoid unnecessaries
The environment in which you choose to complete tasks may be riddled with enablers for your procrastination. Email and social media are two of the biggest culprits. One of the best things you can do to stop procrastinating is to close your email and social media when it is time to complete a task. Turn off all notifications so that you can avoid the easy distractions.
5) Talk with your inner self about the future
Unfortunately for those of us who procrastinate, we’re also very bad at imagining our future selves — the ones who have to deal with the work that our present selves are avoiding. Bridge the gap between your current and future self by imagining yourself tomorrow, next week, or next year.
Visualizing yourself then helps you to appreciate why you should do your work now. Just give yourself time to talk to yourself and let your mind know why are you wasting this time. This simple exercise is highly effective to know what you are up to and it encourages you to get your work done now rather than putting it off. Recognize that there is a connection between your current and future self, and there are future consequences for decisions you make today. So don’t wait up for tomorrow!
Procrastination is something that we all deal with at some point as I mentioned before. Mustering the motivation to stop this avoidance tactic may seem difficult, but with these small yet effective tips, you’ll find yourself more productive in no time, only if you try to do some of them. I agree initially this is something not more people will concede about, so be truthful for yourself and discern that you just need some tweaks in your daily routine to deal with procrastination. However, it’s good for you and it’s up to you.
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