Procrastination is the bane of productivity. It is simply amazing the excuses we can come up with to avoid doing something we know needs to get done and we can even justify our actions at least to ourselves. Well, it’s time to do something about it now, not tomorrow.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, is a very good definition of procrastination which can help you get a better understanding of a bad habit that may be adversely affecting your life. I’m hoping it knocks enough sense into you that you’ll pursue the additional content in this post and stop this horrific habit.
Wikipedia defines procrastination as follows: Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time. Go here for the complete definition!
If you can see yourself in any part of that definition, then you need to pay attention as we go forth!
I found great content on overcoming procrastination at a website called MindTools. Michele explains the problem, how it could be affecting you and steps on how to overcome it. She starts off with a very informative video which I’ve included here followed by her article:
If you’ve found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree – but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them fulfilling their potential and disrupts their careers.
The key to controlling this destructive habit is to recognize when you start procrastinating, understand why it happens (even to the best of us), and take active steps to manage your time and outcomes better.
What is Procrastination?
In a nutshell, you procrastinate when you put off things that you should be focusing on right now, usually in favor of doing something that is more enjoyable or that you’re more comfortable doing.
According to psychologist Professor Clarry Lay, a prominent writer on the subject, procrastination occurs when there’s “a temporal gap between intended behavior and enacted behavior.” That is, when there’s a significant time period between when people intend to do a job, and when they actually do it.
How to Overcome Procrastination
Follow these steps to deal with and control procrastination:
Step 1: Recognize That You’re Procrastinating
I found the article to be very helpful in my own situation. I can really relate to her statement in Step 2 that says, “For example, you may think that success will lead to you being swamped with more requests to do this type of task, or that you’ll be pushed to take on things that you feel are beyond you.“ I believe this implies I’m afraid of success because it may result in me having to get out of my comfort zone and move into areas I feel less than adequate in pursuing. It’s difficult to relate myself to the fact that I want success, but let’s not get carried away. After all the more success you have, the more responsibilities that come with it.
I heard a joke about a woman you kept procrastinating and she knew it. She said, “I’m going to have to stop putting things off and I am, in fact, I’ll start tomorrow.”
Thanks for reading and let’s stop this bad habit together, not tomorrow, but today.