There are times that we just want to intentionally delay things, in other words – we procrastinate. This happens to most of us. However, some people already formed a habit of procrastinating and it can take a toll on their lives and others as well.
How do you deal with procrastination?
The good news is that like any other habit, procrastination can be dealt with. It might not be easy at first, but if you are determined to change and if you are consistent, it should all be good.
Identify that you are procrastinating
Maybe you are not able to finish a task because you have to set it aside for more important things. Well, that’s not procrastinating. But if you are putting things on the side just because you want to avoid it, that’s a different story. To know if you are procrastinating, ask yourself the following:
- Do you intentionally ignore your To Do list even if there are crucial tasks to finish?
- Do you schedule all low priority tasks within the day – leaving the high ones out there?
- Do you read the same email over and over again and then do not take action immediately?
- Do you always wait for the ‘right mood’ before you start on something?
If you answered YES to most questions, then you are probably procrastinating.
Know the reasons why you procrastinate
It is important to know the reason why you behave such. This is so you can create a gameplan suited for your needs.
Is your organizational skill bad?
Other people procrastinate because they have poor organization. They are not aware which tasks should come first and they are bad at scheduling activities. If this is the case, most companies provide trainings that will help their employees with their organizational skill. Ask your Human Resource Department or Training Department and find the earliest schedule you can book.
Are you avoiding something because you find it boring?
Sometimes, we are tasked to finish assignments which we find boring. But that doesn’t mean you have to neglect it. What you can probably do is to find ways to finish it the fastest time possible – without being lousy. Just think that when you are done with it, you can focus on projects which you feel are more enjoyable.
Are you a perfectionist?
Did you know that even perfectionists procrastinate? It’s because they sometimes feel that it is better to avoid a task if they believe they are not good enough for it.
Do you fear failure?
On the other end of the spectrum, people who fear failure also has a tendency to delay things. They will only start if they feel that they are competent enough to complete it.
What can you do?
Finish unpleasant tasks first thing in the morning. This strategy works so you can focus on more enjoyable tasks for the rest of the day.
Ask someone to monitor you. Tell your colleague what you are trying to do and ask if he or she can check on you from time to time. This will give you a bit of pressure to finish your tasks.
Instead of saying “I have to finish this task”, say “I choose to finish this task”. Remember, it is always your choice.
Try to stay away from distractions like your social media. Turn off your notifications, and if you work from home, turn off that TV!