Procrastination is a tricky thing. There are some days when the idea of getting anything done seems like an insurmountable task and it’s so much easier to just put it off for another day. But what if I were to tell you that there’s actually a reason behind procrastination? If you want to learn more about this hidden reason, read on!
Uncover the reason for procrastination
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be done. It can be due to lack of motivation or fear of failure. The best way to overcome it is by understanding the root cause.
Learn to live in the present
Procrastination is a problem that affects many people in different ways. Some people put off tasks they don’t like and some people delay important decisions. But what is the real cause of procrastination? Most experts agree that it is the feeling of lack of control over one’s life or one’s environment. Procrastinators feel like they’ve taken on more than they can handle and often avoid uncomfortable tasks, such as requesting a raise at work (or any other task that requires them to interact with their boss).
Create an achievable plan
To fight procrastination, you need to create an achievable plan. You don’t want to put off starting your plan until the last minute because then you’ll end up facing higher levels of stress and anxiety. Rather than hoping that you’ll start on time, set a deadline for yourself and work towards it every day. For example, if you know that Monday is when you should start working on your project but Friday is when it’s due, create a weekly schedule with specific tasks, deadlines, and rewards for each day. This way, there will be no confusion about what needs to be done each day.
Find your motivation in life
The reason procrastination takes over is because you’re either struggling to find any motivation or you’re desperately searching for it. Whatever the reason, consider your life and how you enjoy it. Do you want to spend more time on Facebook? Work on your crossword puzzles? Take up drawing classes? Whatever the answer, find one activity that’s meaningful to you and do it before anything else.
Find out your strengths and weaknesses
The key to overcoming procrastination is understanding how it helps you. Quite often, people procrastinate because they’re not doing something that they enjoy or excel at. If this sounds like you, then you should channel your energy into more productive tasks. Find out your strengths and weaknesses so that you can work on the right projects. Triple-down on your strengths.
We hope this is reassuring to those that feel alone in their struggle to defeat procrastination. For many people, it’s not easy to overcome this barrier, and it’s going to take time and “sticking with it” before you see the benefits. However, it’s important to be patient with yourself here, and if you are dedicated to seeing things through then your efforts will definitely not go in vain.