How to Stop Procrastinating ?? Overpowering the Habit of Delaying Important Tasks

It’s Friday afternoon and time runs. You are working furiously to complete a task before the five ?  o’clock deadline, while you curse ? yourself in silence for not having initiated it before.

How did this happen❓ What went wrong❓ Why did you lose your concentration ❓

Well, there were hours spent re-reading emails and checking social networks, excessive “preparation”, coffee breaks and time spent on other tasks that could have left for next week.

Sounds familiar ❓ If so, you are not alone❗ 

Procrastination is a trap in which many of us fall into. In fact, according to researcher and speaker Piers Steel, 95% of us postpone a task to some extent. While it may be comforting to know that you are not alone, it can be instructive to realize how much you can hold back.

In this article, I analyze why it happens and explore strategies to manage and prioritize your workload more effectively – here we go ✅

Do you choose more pleasant tasks than those of high priority ❓

Is procrastination the same as being lazy ❓

Procrastination is often confused with laziness, but they are very different. Procrastination is an active process: you choose to do something else ?? ? instead of the task that you know you should do. In contrast, laziness suggests apathy, inactivity, and unwillingness to act. 

Procrastination usually involves ignoring an unpleasant, but probably more important, a task in favor of one that is more pleasant or easier. But giving in to this instinct can have serious consequences. For instance, even minor episodes of procrastination can make anyone feel guilty or ashamed. It can lead to reduced output and cause us to miss our goals ?

If we postpone the task for a prolonged period, we can become discouraged and disillusioned with our work, which can lead to unhappiness and even loss of work, in extreme cases.

Below  is How you can Overcome Procrastination ⬇

As with most habits, one is likely able to overcome procrastination. Follow the steps below to help you deal with and avoid procrastination:

Step 1️⃣: Recognize that you are procrastinating

Possibly postpone a task because you had to re-prioritize your workload. If you are briefly delaying an important task for a genuinely good reason, then you are not necessarily procrastinating. However, if you start to postpone things indefinitely, or change your focus because you want to avoid doing something, then it probably is.

You may also be procrastinating if:

?   Fill your day with low priority tasks.

?   Read emails several times without deciding what to do with them.

?   Start a high priority task and then go make a coffee.

?   Leave an item on your to-do list for a long time, even if it is important.

?   Fill your time with unimportant tasks that other people ask you to do, instead of continuing with                important tasks that are already on your list.

?   Wait to be in a “good mood” or wait for the “right time” to complete a task.

Step 2️⃣: Work Out WHY You’re Procrastinating

You must understand the reasons why you procrastinate before you can begin to address it. For example, are you avoiding a particular task because you find it boring or unpleasant? If so, take steps so it does not get interrupted quickly, so you can focus on the parts of your work that are most pleasing to you.

Bad organization can lead to procrastinating. Organized people are successful because they use lists of priority tasks and create effective schedules. These tools help you organize your tasks by priority and deadline.

Even if you are organized, you may still feel overwhelmed by a task. Maybe you have doubts about your ability and worry about failing, so you’ll postpone it and look for comfort to do a job that you know you’re capable of completing.

Some people fear both success and failure. They believe that success will lead them to be overwhelmed with requests to take on more tasks. Surprisingly, perfectionists are often procrastinators. Often, they prefer to avoid doing a task that they do not feel they have the skills to do, that they do imperfectly.

Another important cause of procrastination is poor decision-making. If you can not decide what to do, you are likely to postpone taking action in case you do something wrong.

Step 3️⃣: Adopt Anti-Procrastination Strategies

Procrastination is a habit, a deeply rooted pattern of behavior. This means that you probably cannot break it overnight. Habits only stop being habits when you avoid practicing them, so you should try as many strategies as possible to give you the best chance of success.

Forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past. Studies show that forgiveness in itself can help you feel more positive about yourself and reduce the likelihood of postponement in the future. Commit yourself to the task. Focus on doing, not avoiding. Write the tasks you need to complete and specify a moment to do so. This will help you approach your work proactively.

Promise yourself a reward ??. If you put to completion a difficult task on time, reward yourself with a gift, such as a slice of cake?  from your favorite coffee shop. And make sure you notice how good it feels to finish things❗Ask someone to control it❗ Group pressure works❗ This is the principle behind the self-help groups.

Act on the fly☑ . Approach tasks as soon as they arise, instead of letting them accumulate during another day. Reformulate your internal dialogue. The phrases “NEED” and “HAVE TO”, for example, imply that you have no other choice in what you do. This can make you feel powerless and could even result in self-sabotage. However, saying “I choose to do it” implies that you own a job and can make you feel more in control of it.

Tip ☑

“An alternative tactic is to embrace” the art of delay. “Research shows that” active procrastination, “that is, deliberately delaying the start of something so you can focus on other urgent tasks, can make you feel more challenged and motivated to do things, this strategy can work particularly well if you’re someone who grows under pressure. ” 

If you are procrastinating because you find an unpleasant task, try to focus on the “long-term stuff.” Research shows that thoughtless people are more likely to postpone things because they focus on short-term gain. Combat this by identifying the long-term benefits of completing the task.

Another way to make a task more pleasant is to identify the unpleasant consequences of avoiding it. For example, what will happen if you do not complete the job? How could it affect your personal, team or organizational goals?

At the same time, it may be useful to rethink the task by observing its meaning and relevance. This will increase its value for you and make your work worthwhile. It is also important to recognize that we can often overestimate the unpleasantness of a task. Then try it! After all, you may discover that it is not as bad as you thought!

If you procrastinate because you’re disorganized, here are six strategies to help you get organized:

?  Keep a list of things to do. This will prevent you from “conveniently” forgetting those                                  unpleasant or overwhelming tasks.

?   Prioritize your To-Do List using the urgent/important Eisenhower Principle. This will allow you to quickly identify which activities you should focus on, as well as those you can ignore.

?   Become a master of programming and project planning. If you have a large project or several projects on the fly and you do not know where to start, these skills can help you plan your time effectively and reduce your stress levels

?  Face the most difficult tasks at your peak times. Do your work better in the morning or the afternoon? Identify when it is most effective and perform the tasks that are most difficult for you at this time.

 ?  Set goals with specific deadlines. Setting specific deadlines to complete tasks will keep you on track to achieve your goals, and it will mean you do not have time for postponement!

?  Use task and time management applications. There are numerous applications designed to help you be more organized, such as Trello and Toggl, for example.

If you are prone to delaying projects because you find them overwhelming, try to divide them into more manageable fragments. Organize your projects into smaller tasks and concentrate on starting them, instead of finishing them.

Key points ☑???

?  Procrastination is the habit of delaying an important task, usually by focusing on less urgent, more enjoyable and easier activities instead. It is different from laziness, which is the lack of will to act

 ?Procrastination can restrict your potential and undermine your career. It can also interrupt teamwork, reduce morale and even lead to depression and job loss. So, it is crucial to take proactive measures to prevent it

? The first step to overcoming procrastination is to recognize that you are doing it. Then, identify the motives behind your behavior and use appropriate strategies to overcome it.

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