Procrastination is the thief of time that we all suffer from. Most people procrastinate because they don’t think about or measure the amount of time their task needs. They either delay it in fear of the effort it would take to complete, or they assume that it wouldn’t take much time so they put it off. This causes procrastinators to get crammed up to the last minute without finishing all their tasks. Procrastination is a serious problem that one out of five adults goes through, and it can get between our affairs and success.
Procrastinating isn’t always because you don’t want to do something, most of the time it’s because of the indolence that gets in the way. We like to live in the present, the reality we can enjoy. We don’t realize what would happen in the future or what the consequences would be if we did or didn’t do the certain assignment at hand. So we put it off to the future that we don’t know, thinking that an invisible force would magically do it for us or a miraculous motivation would come out of nowhere and make it easier for us to accomplish the missions. Luckily, there’s a solution for this time thief. Here are tips on how to deal with procrastination effectively:
1) Think about the success.
To delay doing something gives temporary relief, but there’s still stress at the back of your head urging you to do it or that you won’t be able to finish on time. Imagine how better you’ll sleep at night if you’re done with all the assignments at hand. If you think about the success and the weight lift off your shoulders when you finish your tasks, a little effort now won’t sound as bad.
2) No time like the present.
There is no miraculous motivation that would suddenly fall on you if you keep delaying your work. You need to accept that if you don’t want to do it now, you probably won’t want to do it later either. The more used you become to procrastinating, the heavier the load on your shoulders gets.
3) Reward yourself.
Sometimes the relief of finishing all your work on time isn’t enough to get you going. Set a nice reward at the end of the line to look forward to. This will make you move faster to finishing your tasks so you can enjoy both the success and the reward.
4) Get rid of all the distractions.
Most people put off doing something because they want to be on their phone or have something better or less boring to do. “I will do it right after I check my notifications.” That’s where all the trouble begins. You need to get rid of all the distractions and make the task at hand all you can see. It should be more like: “I will check my notifications right after I’m done with this assignment.”
5) Know your time.
Knowing precisely how much time your mission is going to consume would motivate you to start doing it. Also, you need to set the time you’re going to begin in and when you’ll end realistically; hence, it would be harder to escape an accurate schedule.
6) Start with baby steps.
If you are a professional procrastinator, then you know very well that you won’t be able to do everything on time with the first attempt. Don’t let a moment that slipped discourage you; you need to know habits are hard to kill. Start with baby steps and give yourself hope from what you’ve achieved so far.