Yes, I have to confess that during the last weeks I got this illness and it decided to stay with me.
I tried different things to get rid off it and nothing is working yet so help please!!!
So I have decided to find out how to find a solution otherwise I will spleep forever zzz
Procrastination is the practice of carrying out less urgent tasks in preference to more urgent ones, or doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, and thus putting off impending tasks to a later time, sometimes to the “last minute” before the deadline.
The pleasure principle may be responsible for procrastination; one may prefer to avoid negative emotions, and to delay stressful tasks. The belief that one works best under pressure provides an additional incentive to the postponement of tasks.
Some psychologists cite such behavior as a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.
Steel indicated in 2010 that anxiety is just as likely to get people to start working early as late and the focus should be impulsiveness. That is, anxiety will cause people to delay only if they are impulsive.
So, now that we known what procastination is, let’s fin ways to deal with it.
How to Overcome Procrastination
Follow these steps to deal with and control procrastination:
Step 1: Recognize That You’re Procrastinating
If you’re honest with yourself, you probably know when you’re procrastinating. But to be sure, take our Are You a Procrastinator? self test.
Here are some useful indicators that will help you know when you’re procrastinating:
•Filling your day with low priority tasks from your To Do List.
•Reading e-mails several times without starting work on them or deciding what you’re going to do with them.
•Sitting down to start a high-priority task, and almost immediately going off to make a cup of coffee.
•Leaving an item on your To Do list for a long time, even though you know it’s important.
•Regularly saying “Yes” to unimportant tasks that others ask you to do, and filling your time with these instead of getting on with the important tasks already on your list.
•Waiting for the “right mood” or the “right time” to tackle the important task at hand.
Step 2: Work Out WHY You’re Procrastinating
Step 3: Adopt Anti-Procrastination Strategies
Procrastination is a habit – a deeply ingrained pattern of behavior. 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:
•Make up your own rewards. For example, promise yourself a piece of tasty flapjack at lunchtime if you’ve completed a certain task. And make sure you notice how good it feels to finish things!
•Ask someone else to check up on you. Peer pressure works! This is the principle behind slimming and other self-help groups, and it is widely recognized as a highly effective approach.
•Identify the unpleasant consequences of NOT doing the task.
•Work out the cost of your time to your employer. As your employers are paying you to do the things that they think are important, you’re not delivering value for money if you’re not doing those things. Shame yourself into getting going!
If you’re pocrastinating because you’re disorganized, here’s how to get organized!
•Keep a To-Do list so that you can’t “conveniently” forget about unpleasant or overwhelming tasks.
•Become a master of scheduling and project planning, so that you know when to start those all-important projects.
•Set yourself time-bound goals : that way, you’ll have no time for procrastination!
•Focus on one task at a time.
If you’re putting off starting a project because you find it overwhelming, you need to take a different approach. Here are some tips:
•Break the project into a set of smaller, more manageable tasks. You may find it helpful to create an action plan .
•Start with some quick, small tasks if you can, even if these aren’t the logical first actions. You’ll feel that you’re achieving things, and so perhaps the whole project won’t be so overwhelming after all.
If you’re procrastinating because you find the task unpleasant:
•Many procrastinators overestimate the unpleasantness of a task. So give it a try! You may find that it’s not as bad as you thought!
•Hold the unpleasant consequences of not doing the work at the front of your mind.
•Reward yourself for doing the task.
Finally, if you’re procrastinating because you can’t decide what action to take, and are putting off making a decision because you’re nervous about making the wrong choice, see our decision-making section. This teaches a range of powerful and effective decision-making techniques.
Remember: the longer you can spend without procrastinating, the greater your chances of breaking this destructive habit for good
I have to confess, this is too much copy and paste but at least I have a new post to keep going with my blog 😉
So all the best for you 🙂