Procrastination is the thief of time ~ Edward Young
Why do we procrastinate? Have you taken on too much and don’t know where to start? Is the task too hard or do you just not want to do it? The first step to moving forward is to recognise the reason why you are avoiding the task. By identifying the problem, you can find a solution and less procrastination will happen. Below is a list of common sources of procrastination.
Fear of failure
If you worry about the chance of not doing something right, it can be easier to put off trying. You may lack confidence in your ability to tackle the task. However, failure is a stepping-stone to success.
You may feel that the task is too big. Break the task down into smaller chunks so you feel less overwhelmed. Plan how to manage the task.
Too busy with other things
Make sure you are realistic about what you can do in a specified time. Allow yourself enough time and energy to take on the task and see it through.
How important is the task?
Prioritize your tasks and make sure you focus on the tasks that matter most. Create deadlines as well as milestones on tasks to motivate progress.
Lack of focus
Try to remove all distractions and temptations for procrastination so you can focus on the task. Digital distraction is a major cause for procrastination. Checking your social media, emails, browsing the internet can all consume large chunks of time.
Remember your motivation
Why are you doing the task? How is it part of your life goals?
When you realise a task is getting neglected, tell yourself:
- This isn’t so hard
- It won’t take long
- I am sure that I know how to do it, or that I can learn while I’m doing it
- No one else really cares because they are all so busy with their own problems
By recognising the cause of the procrastination, you can help find a solution. For example, if you are putting off writing a report because you need uninterrupted time free from distractions, check your schedule, block in the time then ignore emails, and let the phone go to voicemail so you don’t get side tracked with other commitments.
By understanding how procrastination works, you can greatly reduce its influence in your life. This creates a greater sense of freedom and personal satisfaction. Just do it! Or if you can’t, delegate or out source it and use your time on tasks you can do.
Dreams don’t work unless you do ~ John C. Maxwell
What tips do you have to avoid procrastination?