Is The Habit Of Delaying Killing Your Reputation?
"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done", said Rita Mae Brown. Relate to this? We bet you do!
Most tasks, workout schedules, resolutions and goals, etc. are left to the mercy of the last minute motivation. In many cases, the last minute adrenaline rush kick-starts your creative side and you come out with excellent results, within no time.
But you can't deny those dreadful times when the habit of delaying, termed as ‘procrastination', starts to kill you with added stress and unnecessary fear of missing deadlines or important dates, pulling your repute down to dirt. Been through that yet?
It is not for long you can put up with the habit of procrastination, and sooner than later, you have to rid yourself of it. So if procrastination is killing you, here are 5 effective ways to weed it out of your system.
Change The Setting
At times, it's not an inner demon, but the surrounding that hinders your productivity. Is the desk you're working on cluttered with mess? Is it too dark around? Or is it just too comfortable to rather go to sleep? In any of the above cases, try changing the setting of your workplace. Move to an open environment with fresh air. Try shifting close to the window where you get a refreshing outside view. Trust us, it makes a lot of difference.
Setting Priorities Right
The very first step is to set your priorities right. Many times, we have a list of things to be done and not knowing the order to finish them befuddles the best of minds. To stop this from happening, list down everything on a piece of paper in the order each has to be done and then begin with the tasks.
Are You Emotionally Crippled?
Most times we do not even know if we are feeling low emotionally. Psychologists suggest that there are three main emotions that render us crippled - anger, fear and sadness; and these emotions play a significant role in prolonging procrastination. Had a bad phase? Take your time, but get over it. Don't let the phase turn you into a procrastination king.
Breaking It Up
Tasks that seem impossible to be done pave a way for procrastination. This is a very common reason why most of us want to push things for later. But is that really the solution? When a task seems too large or overwhelming to be handled, break it down into different parts. And then finish one task at a time. You'll see just how simple it gets!
Wipe-Out The Pit-Stops
When there is an urgent job to be done but you feel you'd rather be doing something else that would only waste your time, identify that as a pit-stop. Are you spending way too much time on Facebook? Tweeting away to glory when piles of files are left unattended? Or busy ‘liking' images on Instagram? If this comes between you and the task at hand, stop them right now!
Time To Get The Ball Rolling
No matter what we say, it's you who has to get things going in the end. All planning and praying can't help if you do not get the ball rolling. So get back the nerve, and just do it. It looks good when you have accomplished something, it's all the more awful when you are terribly late and haven't even started.
Lastly, Reward Yourself
Treat yourself like a kid. Promise yourself a reward when the task is completed. Lure the baby in you to something of his liking and see how easily the work gets done. Sometimes, going the rough way of forcing yourself doesn't help. This trick is for all those times when your stubborn heart just won't budge!
Procrastinating once in a fortnight is tolerable but getting habituated only brings trouble. Identify if it's becoming a trend and set to resolve it right away. Hope this article helps you in the process!