There is no doubt that procrastination is a shallow grave in which life-changing opportunities are buried. Procrastination is the lack of taking action. We often prefer to do something else rather than the tasks that lead to a productive outcome. In simple terms, procrastination is a pause in the process that leads to success.
It’s the act of ignoring critical tasks without a concrete or genuine reason. There is always a negative consequence for every task you procrastinate on. One of the major backlashes of procrastination is poor productivity.
Procrastination is a form of stress release. If we are stressed about money, parenthood, health or anything else, we walk around carrying all of these burdens. Procrastination is a mental break from worrying. Usually, this is when we start browsing our social media, checking emails, watching funny videos or anything else that gives us momentary relief.
How Do I Overcome Procrastination?
There are so many ways to overcome procrastination. The following are some tips that can help you on your journey:
Recognize That You Are Procrastinating
The first approach toward eliminating procrastination is to be aware and recognize that you indulge in procrastination. Do you prioritize tasks in the order of preference rather than importance? Maybe you spend more time being busy, but not productive. If you frequently postpone jobs or tasks without a genuine reason, you are procrastinating.
You must recognize this fact before attempting to eliminate procrastination. The most viable way to overcome procrastination in life is to acknowledge it and make a steady effort in overcoming it. This can be attained by prioritizing your daily goals with success-producing activities.
Identify Why You Procrastinate
You must understand and study why you procrastinate. Once you are able to identify the reason why you procrastinate, resolving it becomes quite easy. Here are a few reasons why most people procrastinate:
• Fear: “What if I fail?”
• Frustration: “I have no idea what to do.”
• Perfectionism: “What if I make a mistake?”
• Lack of motivation: “I don’t have the energy to tackle this project.”
Make Use Of Anti-Procrastination Methods
After you have recognized the fact that you procrastinate and identified the reasons why, you can adopt these anti-procrastination methods:
• Forgive yourself from previous procrastination, and promise never to go back.
• Prioritize tasks, and set a schedule to get them done. Each day, set a timer and have “power hours.” Power hours are uninterrupted hours in the day when you work solely on your goal with no distractions.
• Incorporate the “10 Before 10” method. Get the 10 most important things done before 10:00 am.
• Stop overthinking, and just start before you’re ready.
Overcoming procrastination isn’t an overnight thing. You must practice daily and start recognizing your triggers and language that cause you to pause. Overcoming procrastination requires utilizing the new tools that you have equipped yourself with. Follow these tips, and you will find yourself checking things off your to-do list and feeling more successful at the end of each day.
The original article is here and was written by Pasha Carter.