How to manage your Procrastination
What Is Procrastination?
Procrastination is the thing in your mind that triggers you into delaying and avoiding the task that you need to do. Despite knowing that it might have negative consequences. It could be further stated as habitual or intentional delay of tasks or duties. That are needed to be accomplished right away, but is just accomplished right at the end of the given deadline.
This procrastination is embedded in your subconscious mind. That is the reason why you are not doing the assignments or responsibilities that you have set or is given to you.
Studies support the theory that the subconscious is non-judgmental. It does not filter or interpret, and just simply processes information and stores it.
So if you feel and think that it is okay for you not to do your chores. Then maybe it already is a habit of yours to not do them. With this, you might be starting to practice to drive your procrastination on the right way.
According to Tim Urban a TED Talk speaker who talks about procrastination. Non – procrastinators exist, he thinks that all of us are procastinator. Well, for me that is true. All of us are procrastinators; it just depends on how a person controls it.
Are you a procrastinator?
I have a story about my friend who dreamt about screwdrivers. One day my friend messaged me and told me that he had a weird dream. I asked him “Why? What is your dream about?” he then replied “I dreamt about screwdrivers.”
At first, I felt weird too. Because there are a lot of things that one can dream about, but why screwdrivers? It left a question in my mind asking myself what is the meaning of that dream.
I told him to search for the meaning of dreaming about screwdrivers. He then sent me the link of what came out of the internet. It is stated there that dreaming of screwdrivers may negatively reflect procrastination. I think that maybe my friend is a procrastinator that is why he had dreamt about that. Somehow, he agreed on what he had searched, since according to him, he has always been avoiding things that he wanted to do.
How Can We Deal With It?
Because procrastination is embedded in your subconscious mind, you don’t have an idea on whether you are procrastinating or not. Follow the steps below to help you deal with and prevent procrastination:
Step 1 : Find Out And Recognize That You’re Procastinating
How can you deal with it if you yourself don’t even know that you are procrastinating? Not only do procrastinators spend longer time distracting themselves doing the “wrong things”, but they also delay doing the “right things”. If you are switching focus or changing what you are doing to avoid an unpleasant but important task, then you probably are a procrastinator.
Step 2 : Ask yourself why are you procastinating
You need to understand the reasons as to why you are distracting yourself from starting to do the right things. Maybe you are avoiding a particular task because you find it boring or maybe you’re just the kind of person that wants to chill all the time and let go of all the important things because it is unpleasant for you to do?
Step 3 : Motivate yourself
After knowing the answer as to why you are procrastinating, you now need to deal with it by motivating yourself and focusing on what the benefits of completing the tasks that you have are, and then making it a goal.
If you focus on the benefits of completing the tasks, you will realize that it can make your life productive, organized, and wonderful.
Your mother always gives you money for every chore that you do. She does this because you have a gaming addiction. While you are playing on your computer, your mother told you to clean the house for she wouldn’t be able to do it because she will be going to work.
If you motivate yourself into thinking of completing the chores that your mom gave you, you will probably have your money and at the same time you’ll make her happy. And in that case, you will notice that being productive can affect your mother’s mood and change the habit that you have.
Step 4 : Practice on creating a small Goal
Creating a small goal by practicing a to-do list and proper scheduling may help you deal with tasks as soon as they come up. Writing down the tasks that you need to do, and specifying a time for performing them will help you finish your work and enable you to quickly identify the activities that you should concentrate on rather than letting them build up over another day.
Step 5 : Do the hard and important task first
When you are done practicing on creating small goals, the next thing to do is identify the activities that you should focus on. Dealing with the hardest tasks at your peak times can help you plan your time effectively and reduce your stress levels.
The harder the tasks, the more energy and concentration we need to complete them. It makes sense because trying to start them when you are tired is difficult. This often results to people putting them off, which might end up in another day of procrastinating so you need to focus on it first.
Identify the time when you’re most effective. Do you work better in the morning or in the afternoon? And what are the tasks that you find most difficult at these times? If you have a big project or multiple projects on the go and you don’t know where to start, doing the hard task first can help you and can put you in the right position in the long term.
You will have a presentation to your manager next week. The assistant manager told you that if you made an excellent presentation, you will have a chance for a promotion.
Instead of starting to write for your presentation after going home and taking some rest, you felt like you didn’t want to do it because it is hard and you think that you have a bunch of time to do it the next day. So instead of doing it that time, you used your spare time watching on Netflix.
On the following day, you felt unworried thinking the same way and then again used all of your time to catch up on all the episodes of your favourite Netflix series until it came to the point that your presentation is in 2 days. You rushed and stressed yourself into doing your presentation on such short time.
Before the day of the presentation, your manager messaged you and told you that he is expecting for your presentation to be perfect.
Finally, on the presentation day, you started presenting what you have written. It appears to be perfect because your manager was smiling at you. But after your presentation, the assistant manager approached you and told you that you didn’t get the promotion.
If you just choose to do the harder task first rather than procrastinating, you probably have gotten that promotion.
Step 6 : Stop Being Perfectionist
Surprisingly, perfectionists are often procrastinators. Often times, they would rather avoid doing a job that they don’t feel like they possess the skills to do than do it imperfectly.
Perfectionists tend to wait until things are perfect before they proceed and initiate on doing a certain task. They wait for the right time, the condition of the environment, and everything that matters for the task to be perfect before they do it. This mentality can hold you back from initiating or completing tasks.
If you are prone to delaying your projects, these steps can help you solve your problems and help you perform all your tasks that are more important than any other things to do.
•••Key Points •••
• Procrastinating is the act of delaying and avoiding tasks that you need to do; it usually involves choosing more enjoyable or easier things to perform while ignoring an unpleasant but important task.
• Because Procrastination is in your subconscious mind you don’t have an idea if you are procrastinating. It may put you in a bad position in your life if you constantly let your procrastination control you. So you need some helpful steps to prevent it.
• The first step in dealing with your procrastination is knowing that you are doing it. Followed by, identifying the reasons behind your behaviour. After that, overcoming those reasons by motivating yourself and focusing on what are the benefits after completing it. And then, start creating small goals by practicing a to-do list. Next, look into your list and prioritize the difficult and important task. Last but not the least, avoid perfectionism. If you think that this post is not the perfect source of knowledge about procrastination, you may still start performing these imperfect steps that in some way might help you perfectly.
And also for all the people out there that encountered dreaming about screwdrivers, after learning and utilizing these steps, you might get rid of that dream right away.
Other sources :