From time to time, even the most conscientious and productive professionals procrastinate. For some, pushing off a deadline is a rare and anxiety-inducing situation; other people thrive best under the pressure of waiting until the eleventh hour. However, when your tendency to procrastinate is starting to make your overall quality of work and life suffer, it’s time to do a reality check and break yourself of the habit.
First let us understand what is procrastination?
As per Wiki,Procrastination is defined as the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. It could be further stated as a habitual/intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite its negative consequences.
In simple words, procrastination means the action of delaying or postponing something.
For as long as humans have been around, we have been struggling with delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on issues that matter to us. Everyone delays or puts things off sometimes, and that’s fine, says Timothy Pychyl, PhD, an associate professor of Psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. You might postpone a meeting because of a schedule conflict, or to give yourself time to prepare. Procrastinating becomes a problem only when it hinders your relationships or getting your work done.
Taking small steps toward better time management will help you reduce your procrastination tendencies and get you on track to get more done.
WORST COMES FIRST
You’ll better resist things that distract when you first get started. Our willpower is not unlimited, so by tackling the biggest task while the energy is still there, you increase your chances of success overall. Start on a project as soon as it’s assigned or within an hour, especially the difficult ones and come back to it every day even if it’s for a little bit of time.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
Do you feel like you look at your to do list and immediately feel overwhelmed? Instead of viewing your daily tasks as one monstrous thing to accomplish, break up your duties into smaller actionable items.
Keep track of the time you spend on things throughout the day.Set up a timesheet with a list of your daily, weekly and monthly tasks. Put down the amount of time that you spend on those tasks, as well as the time that you actively spend on everything else to avoid them. You might find the results quite eye-opening.Compare the accuracy with the estimate time you decided earlier. This will help in simplifying your work and also avoid late workloads and stress.
LIGHT FIRE WITHIN YOU
Declare your intentions publicly or to a team of colleagues. Mark Zuckerberg has publicly declared to read books, running miles and creating AI for help at home. Undertake a paid assignment or tell a family member who is willing to nag you. I tell my important goals to my mother and then there is no end to continuous annoying until I achieve them, works like a charm.
BLOCK ALL DISTRACTIONS
If you get pulled away from the task at hand way too easily, there are several useful productivity software tools that could help.Freedom is a popular application that blocks all access to the Internet, social media and apps for an allotted period of time. LeechBlock (for Firefox), StayFocusd and Strict Workflow (for Chrome) are Internet browser extensions that block certain websites perpetually or during specified time periods;
BE KIND TO YOURSELF
Praise yourself for taking the first steps. Assure yourself that you are”good enough” effort is great, and better than putting things off. Eventually this will help you in performing better and within time frame. Praising yourself can be something as simple as treating yourself to an iced tea or watching an episode of your favorite show. Even having something small to externally motivate you will help to overcome procrastination
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