Have you recognized an unlikely pattern within yourself? Do you find yourself delaying tasks for no particular reason? If you find yourself procrastinating, it's about time you put an end to that undesirable habit. Procrastination involves consequences with whatever it is that you do, and does you no good at all.
First, you must come to understand that resolving procrastination cannot be done in just one simple step. It involves numerous techniques and plenty of attempts. Here are four ways how you could overcome procrastination and break free from this time-robbing habit:
Always Start Your Day With A Few Minutes Of Work
I'm sure this sounds quite familiar to a lot of people. If you're not guilty of it, then good for you. Always start your day by doing work for at least thirty minutes. Don't tell yourself, "I'll be checking my e-mail, social media accounts, and blog for just ten minutes," because the next thing you know, you've already wasted two hours of your morning just checking e-mails and going through social media, and the rest of your day will go down the drain.
If it's too hard for you to start off with thirty minutes of work each day, try starting with ten, and then increase your time gradually. Usually, ten minutes is enough to get you started and get the ball rolling, and have you focused.
There are two common forms of procrastination. One is the difficulty of even starting a task and being distracted while in the middle of doing something. Starting the actual task is really the main problem here. Most people say to themselves, "I really need to get things done," rather than saying, "I will get things done". Saying "I really need to" invokes mental pressure. Telling yourself "I will" represents self-control, making things seem more manageable to you since you are in control.
Distractions are not the procrastinator's friend. They are the key to a person falling even deeper into procrastination. Did you know that your willpower is a very limited resource? If you start your day resisting temptation, you are less likely to resist it throughout the day since you've already exhausted your willpower. Avoiding distractions, to begin with, is the best way to go about beating procrastination.
It's a no-brainer that no one is born perfect. Although this does not limit us from carrying out tasks, we must also accept that we are only human and that we are bound to make mistakes every now and then. Failure and being imperfect can be so intimidating to some people, that it cripples their capability to function properly. On the other hand, embracing this fact makes people even better at what they're doing, instead of the other way around.