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I’ve got a procrastination problem; I just caught myself procrastinating on doing this blog, filling my time with small, unimportant jobs or a bit of chit chat. I know I have to do it, I know it has a time frame for when it must be done, then I think “Well I’ll just start a bit later”. It’s not a difficult task, it won’t take too long, so why do I avoid even starting? So I did a bit of research, looking for some ways to overcome procrastination and “Just Do It”.
You can follow the link if you want to read the full article however below are the 3 steps to overcoming procrastination. I hope you find them useful!
If you’re honest with yourself, you probably know when you’re procrastinating.
Here are some useful indicators that will help you know when you’re procrastinating :
This can depend on both you and the task. But it’s important to understand which of the two is relevant in a given situation, so that you can select the best approach for overcoming your reluctance to get going.
One reason is that people find a particular job unpleasant, and try to avoid it because of that. Most jobs have unpleasant or boring aspects to them, and often the best way of dealing with these is to get them over and done with quickly, so that you can focus on the more enjoyable aspects of the job.
Another cause is that people are disorganized. Organized people manage to fend off the temptation to procrastinate, because they will have things like prioritized to-do lists and schedules which emphasize how important the piece work is, and identify precisely when it’s due. They’ll also have planned how long a task will take to do, and will have worked back from that point to identify when they need to get started in order to avoid it being late. Organized people are also better placed to avoid procrastination, because they know how to break the work down into manageable “next steps”.
Even if you’re organized, you can feel overwhelmed by the task. You may doubt that you have the skills or resources you think you need, so you seek comfort in doing tasks you know you’re capable of completing. Unfortunately, the big task isn’t going to go away – truly important tasks rarely do. You may also fear success as much as failure. For example, you may think that success will lead to you being swamped with more requests to do this type of task, or that you’ll be pushed to take on things that you feel are beyond you.
Surprisingly, perfectionists are often procrastinators, as they can tend to think “I don’t have the right skills or resources to do this perfectly now, so I won’t do it at all.”
Procrastination is a habit – a deeply ingrained pattern of behaviour. That means that you won’t just break it overnight. Habits only stop being habits when you have persistently stopped practising them, so use as many approaches as possible to maximize your chances of beating procrastination. Some tips will work better for some people than for others, and for some tasks than others. And, sometimes, you may simply need to try a fresh approach to beat the “procrastination peril”!
These general tips will help motivate you to get moving:
If you’re procrastinating because you’re disorganized, here’s how to get organized!
If you’re putting off starting a project because you find it overwhelming, you need to take a different approach. Here are some tips:
If you’re doing it because you find the task unpleasant:
Remember: the longer you can spend without procrastinating, the greater your chances of breaking this destructive habit for good!
Of course, as always, the tips are only good if you follow them! So today I’ll get started on a task I’ve been putting off, doing just a small part of the task is at least a step in the right direction.
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