This article explains the need to overcome procrastination at the earliest.
We find ourselves entangled in the web of procrastination at some point in our lives. We keep ranting and grumbling about our own self-destruction or often end up telling a friend, “Look, I’m procrastinating.” Procrastination is the act of delaying or postponing something. Be it in completing an important task, typing an article or studying for the exams, most of us exhibit this tendency to procrastinate. While laziness lies at the very core of procrastination, the idea that you have more time to complete a work than you actually do also leads to procrastination. Psychologists have used various terms to describe the factors leading to procrastination- “fatigue”, “task aversion”, “difficulty in managing distress”. Procrastination has its consequences on health and stress levels. Hence it becomes extremely important to overcome it.
Below are the ways in which you can overcome procrastination:
1) Change your perspective on the task in hand:
Catastrophe begins the moment we feel turned off by the task allotted to us. Try to increase your affinity with the task in hand rather than simply getting disinterested or turned off by the same. For instance, if you do not like a particular subject on which you got to take your exam the next day, think about the consequences. Focus on “why” than “what”. Ask yourself : Why passing in this subject is important to me? How will it affect my grades? Once you can answer these questions, you are sorted.
2) Plan Meticulously:
Our performances suffer mainly because of the failure to manage time. This eventually increases the need to procrastinate. Sometimes we tend to postpone things deliberately thinking that a little delay won’t make any difference. But this is just another form of procrastination. Hence time management is very important. Have a look at your calendar or planner and plan things accordingly from the very beginning. Make sure to work a little each and every day and not bore or tire yourself off completely with too much of workload. It will help to sustain your interest and wipe out procrastination.
3) Avoid Distractions:
While it’s important to cut your work into chunks to avoid getting exhausted, it is equally important to concentrate on that work completely during the time allotted by avoiding distractions. For instance, if you plan to write a novel and have to devote an hour each day to writing an excerpt, make sure that you keep yourself away from all the distractions that can divert your attention from the actual task. Avoid using or checking your cell phone, avoid playing games, avoid talking to others during that time, etc. If you can do that, you can definitely fight procrastination.
4) Prep your environment:
Procrastination develops when the environment is not conducive for the productive or creative capacity of an individual. So make sure to be in a suitable environment which is devoid of technology and noise pollution that can hinder your productivity. Let your emails, phone calls and friends or family wait till you complete the task.
5) Become a little more self-aware:
Sometimes we got to analyse ourselves before we commit to a particular task. Think about the consequences of doing that task and how it will benefit you. Think why you were procrastinating in the past or what went wrong. Do a little stress management and feel free to adopt new anti-procrastination strategies for your benefit. Hence try to be self-aware.
6) Be realistic in setting your goals:
Catastrophe stems when we formulate a lot of unrealistic goals and expectations. Hence always set only those goals that you can achieve. Setting unrealistic goals takes away from the actual task of achieving the real goal. Eventually we end up procrastinating. For instance, if you plan to become a blogger and earn money from the internet, do not make the mistake of thinking that you will start earning money right after two days. It takes a lot of time and hard work. Unrealistic goals feed procrastination. So never think the impossible.
7) Avoid giving excuses:
Once you commit yourself to a particular task, avoid making excuses. Realise one thing that there’s no way out. There is no short cut. Either you got to complete the task or leave it completely. There’s no in between. Once you get a strong idea about the importance and benefit of doing that work, you will definitely stop procrastinating.
Procrastination is detrimental to both our physical and mental state. Hence avoiding procrastination and overcoming this tendency as soon as possible is of utmost importance. There will be times when you’ll feel too lazy to do anything. But that’s when you got to get you shield on and protect yourself from the catastrophe. Once you have successfully managed to defeat the enemy, you will keep getting better at overcoming procrastination. Hence follow these steps and become fully self-aware to overcome your biggest enemy which is none other than procrastination, standing between you and your performance.