One of the common things human beings are suffering from is procrastination. It is the act of delaying or putting things off for a later time. Even a person who is well-organized and disciplined tends to fall into this well of procrastination. Believing that repeated minor delays will not hurt you in a long run is nothing but a form of procrastination. If you are delaying the task, having trouble acting on them, or are unable to manage distractions then you are procrastinating.
Procrastination can lead to –
- Ruining your career
- Wasting your precious time
- Making poor decision
- Ruining your relationships
- Resentment from family and co-workers
- Making poor decisions
- Lower self-esteem
- Stress on your health
“Success is not a place at which one arrives but rather the spirit with which one undertakes and continues the journey.”– Alfred Nobel
But this needs to stop right now otherwise you will be in great trouble. Here are some ways that will help you to overcome procrastination
- Manage your environment
Working in a space where you are surrounded by positive energy will enhance your ability to do the work efficiently.
- Take baby steps
Break down the items on your list into small, manageable steps so that your tasks don’t seem so overwhelming.
- Make a to-do list
This will help you to keep track of things you would be doing the following day. By this, you don’t have to waste time in the morning. You know what are your plans for the day and you will start your day with a clear picture.
- Eliminate distractions
Eliminate the distractions that force you to procrastinate. If you are distracted by social media so deactivate it for a short period of time. Turn off your notifications and focus on what you are doing.
- Start today
Once you’ve figured out what is the task for the day, you must take immediate action. Muster the courage and give it a start with a positive note of completing the task without any distraction.
- Hang out with people who don’t procrastinate
Hang out with people who inspire you. They’ll infuse some of their drive and spirit into your work ethic.
- Reward yourself
When we tell ourselves something like, “I’ll do it first thing tomorrow morning,” that provides another reward in the form of positive emotions. You see, when we imagine ourselves engaged in some future action that we perceive as beneficial, we feel good about ourselves.
- Increase self confidence
Students who believe that they won’t be successful at the task at hand are more likely to procrastinate. One way to increase their confidence is to highlight how others who have been in a similar position have been successful.
Don’t strive for perfectionism. It is better to do something 80% than having done nothing. As the saying goes “Well done is better than well said“.
- When your plan is failing, RE-PLAN
Some goals weren’t meant to be achieved then take a step back and decide what it is exactly that you want to achieve and what steps you should take to get there.