Procrastination Station, Not A Great Place To Be

 Procrastination Station, Not A Great Place To Be

 

Benjamin Franklin once said, “You delay, but time does not“. That statement pretty much sums up the problems of procrastination. Those individuals who fall prey to procrastination often find themselves putting off important tasks, time and time again, until time has run out.

In order to beat procrastination, you must first understand why you let it happen. Maybe it comes from a subconscious fear of the project at hand. Maybe the pending task rates as the least enjoyable thing to tackle on your “to do” list. Maybe the project seems too large to ever accomplish. Maybe you are waiting for the “best” time to take on the project – a time that never seems to come.

Whatever your reason is for allowing procrastination to destroy your plans, it is time to learn how to control this major time management problem. While you will probably not be able to beat this destructive habit overnight, taking small steps each day to improve your situation will inevitably result in success.

 Procrastination Station, Not A Great Place To Be

The first step in beating procrastination is recognizing the problem. Do you put things off because you lack motivation or because the project scares you? If the problem is lack of motivation you need to pinpoint areas that you need to change. For example, if you usually tackle high-energy projects after lunch when all you really want to do is lay down and take a nap then you need to reschedule your workday to reflect your most productive hours.

If the problem is your fear of a certain project, review the project to pinpoint exactly where the problem lies. For example, maybe the third part of the project involves using software that you are unfamiliar with. This fear can keep you from tackling the project thus allowing you to avoid the possibility of failure. To overcome this problem break the project down into achievable segments and learn what you need to about the project to become more confident in your abilities.

 Procrastination Station, Not A Great Place To Be

After you have identified why you procrastinate you need to remove the word procrastinate from your vocabulary. The more you call yourself a procrastinator the more likely you are to become one. To help with this step, start replacing the negative word with a more positive motivating one.

For example, if you have put off deciding on a new banner ad campaign instead of saying, “I need to stop procrastinating” say “I will begin this project in one hour and impress myself with how much I can accomplish”. With the first statement you are cementing the negative habit and turning the act into a self-fulfilling prophecy. With the second statement you are reinforcing a positive action and increasing positive energy.

Another way to overcome the mental causes of procrastination is to stop and think about your behavior each time that you find yourself falling into this time wasting trap. The next time you find yourself jumping at any excuse not to tackle a pending project, stop, take a breath and ask yourself what the problem really is. Why do you not want to complete or even begin the project?

Overcoming procrastination is doable! You just need to make the initiative and learn to help yourself. With the right change of attitude and direction, the tendencies of procrastinating will not stop you from achieving much in life.

Even if this step doesn’t motivate you to change your behavior right then and there, at least it will help you become aware of the problem and the thoughts that lead to the continuation of the cycle. This step may be your ticket out of the procrastination station.

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