Is time running out? When is the deadline? Probably tonight and everything is a mess, you’re starting to freak out while trying to keep calm at the same time to get that work done. We’ve all been there, right ? Some of us are more than others and some are so used to being in this situation until it becomes a part of their lifestyle and this is known for PROCRASTINATION.
How do you procrastinate?
Procrastination is a habit that you unintentionally fall for and then you’re forever stuck in a cursed circle. In fact, according to researchers, 95% of us procrastinate to some degree. It usually involves you wasting time doing everything like scrolling through social media, binge watching your favourite tv show, sometimes just laying there and doing nothing and everything except the only thing you’re supposed to do, so you keep delaying work until it’s almost time, you end up stressing about it and finally you execute multiple tasks in a very limited time until you’re left exhausted and cursing yourself for not doing anything in time and swearing that this will be the last time, yet you keep doing so over and over again.
And it’s not only about work or education, you often find yourself procrastinating counting your sleep hours just to watch another episode and ending up snoozing your alarm in the morning to savor the sweetness of another 5 minutes. It’s like a mission to see how last minute you can be because, honestly, you won’t feel pressured if there wasn’t a threat or something hanging on the line, right?
For some of you, procrastination can be a long-standing habit. For some others, you may have a tendency to procrastinate, but you know how to counter this tendency in times when you have to take action.
Why do you procrastinate?
People have a propensity for thinking that procrastination is only due to poor organization skills or improper time management, but it’s also due to a lot of emotional and psychological factors.
For instance, even if you’re organized, you can be overwhelmed by an important task then the fear of failure will swoop in and you will probably be left with a low self-confidence and a decreasing energy level.
Surprisingly, perfectionists are generally procrastinators, so if you are a perfectionist you might tend to avoid an assignment rather than do it imperfectly and mess it up. You may also be lacking motivation, understanding, clarity or even having trouble concentrating. All together are causes of procrastination that you often pay no attention to.
Acknowledging and overcoming Procrastination
Some of you may think that you can’t discipline yourself out of it but you are, in fact, capable of overcoming it. Therefore, you need to :
- Acknowledge that you are procrastinating and the reason why, because you can’t come up with an effective solution if you don’t really understand the root of the problem.
- Find productive motives or purposes to engage in tasks. Search for motivational reasons. You can read our article 10 ways to motivate yourself daily that helps you staying motivated.
- Commit to the task. Learn to do and not to avoid it, classify your tasks according to their importance to prioritize your work. You can watch this video : 10 time management tips it will help you a lot.
- Manage your time by scheduling it appropriately between your work and your free time and setting deadlines.
- Manage your emotions. Identify what you’re feeling, accept it and give yourself some time and space to steer clear from getting overwhelmed and swamped.
- Motivate and treat yourself with rewards for every certain amount of work so you find yourself yearning for the next reward.
- Set the SMART objectives, they have to be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic/relevant and time-bounded.
- Dig into new areas, try new methods or take the risks necessary to learn new things and reach new heights.
The good side of procrastination :
Although that doesn’t mean that procrastinating equals underachieving. No, it mainly means delaying and postponing actions that you have to do for something you want and have a desire to do. It may often be helpful, like when you’re in front of a big life decision and you need time to explore the paths that you want to follow so you’ll end up choosing the right one.
As mentioned in a book called “Steal Like An Artist” written by AUSTIN KLEON :
“Creative people need time to just sit around and do nothing. I get some of my best ideas when I’m bored which is why I never take my shirts to the cleaner. I love ironing my shirts, it’s so boring I almost always get good ideas. If you’re out of ideas, wash the dishes, take a really long walk, stare at a spot on the wall for as long as you can. And as an artist said: ‘Avoiding work is a way to focus my mind. Take time to mess around. Get lost. Wander. You never know where it’s going to lead you.’ ”.
Now isn’t that the truth?
Well, when you think about it, life itself is just a very long chain of procrastination. You might even be procrastinating now while you’re reading this article. Just know that sometimes it’s okay to treat yourself and take your time, it’s also okay to want to be better, organized and on time. Do it your own way!