The disease called ‘Tomorrow’
Almost everyone experiences procrastination. Avoiding and delaying tasks is the most common symptom but there are many others.
Why Do People Procrastinate?
It’s not just a case of “putting off” something needing to be done, it also includes aspects that are counterproductive, irrational and/or unnecessary.
Procrastinators not only spend longer distracting themselves doing the ‘wrong things’ but they also delay starting the ‘right’ things.
Sometimes the value of a task seems “not worth the time – right now”. Impulsivity also creates many distractions more “fun” than the task needing immediate attention. And often people become anxious about projects – at work or at home – fearing a poor outcome, lack of completion or failure and derision.
Generally, people who believe that they won’t be successful at the task at hand are more likely to procrastinate.
Starting a task is often the hardest part. “Getting the ball rolling”. You just need to persuade yourself to start it for a few minutes. Then the brain’s desire to see it through to completion should then over.
Break large goals down into smaller ones and make sure they’re realistic. You are far more likely to avoid even attempting to start something if it is overly ambitious. Small steps.
Minimize Distractions In Your Environment
Change your scenery. Working on the computer? Close any and all applications you don’t really need right now. Like email, your web browser, and Messaging apps. And do you really need your phone ringer on atm?
Schedules Are Handy
Create a deadline, prioritizing each element of the task. Assign a specific time to your task and make it a point to complete it within that time-frame.
Strive for “good”. It will reduce pressure and make you less nervous to get started. You can always “fine tune” things after you’ve finished.
Do The Hard Stuff First
Tackle the most challenging task of the day FIRST.
It turns the work into a bit of a game. “After 45 minutes of work I will give myself 15 minutes of Free Time.
Exercise will get your blood pumping and revitalize your mind. to boost productivity. Adding exercise to your schedule not only keeps you healthy, it also ensures you can focus better on the tasks at hand. Go out for a quick walk or take intermittent breaks. The fresh air and small intermission will give you some time to relax and refresh your brain for before you get back into your work.
For more on the astounding benefits to walking, check out this blog post