Do you also often procrastinate your work, and want to know how to stop procrastinating? I will tell you some simple ways to stop procrastinating.
But before that, we will understand what procrastination is. and, why do we procrastinate our work?
What is Procrastination?
Procrastination is defined as the delaying or postponing the tasks. Prioritizing unimportant tasks over an important task is also procrastination.
Procrastination is basically a trap in between the way of our success. This trap either delays your success or at its worst may put a permanent stop.
Why do we procrastinate our work?
The simple answer to why do we procrastinate our work is, either we found some more interesting task or we are lacking motivation.
You can go through this work of mine to know how to stay motivated in your day to day life?
As I already stated, prioritizing unimportant tasks over an important task is procrastination. There are some other reasons why we procrastinate?
Say, for example, today you have decided to go jogging tomorrow at 5 am. But, the next morning, when your alarm rings, you put it on a snooze because you are having a good sleep.
This point when you put your alarm on snooze instead of getting up, procrastination begins. And, when your alarm rings again, you are still enjoying your sleep, and then you put it on to snooze again.
At this time, we are giving more importance to pleasure over discipline which is the face of procrastination.
At its worst, suppose we are putting an alarm to snooze again and again. Then, a point will come when we will put the alarm off with the thought that I will go jogging tomorrow. The same thing will happen the next morning, and we’ll drop the plan of jogging.
The same thing happens in your life also, you postpone your work due to some reason, and never able to do that.
Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”
So, now you know why you procrastinate your work and how harmful it can be in our lives. And, why is there a need to learn how to stop procrastinating?
Is there any difference between Procrastinating and Laziness?
A lot of people think that procrastination and laziness are both the same. But, there is a big difference between them.
When you procrastinate your work, then that means you want to do that work. But you are busy doing some other task that is giving you more pleasure than your main task.
Or in simple words, you are giving priority to some other task than your main task.
While when you are feeling lazy, you are unwilling to do any task. You don’t want to do any other task. You just want to lay on your bed or sit idle.
How to stop procrastinating?
Well, you may have listen from the people around you that they want to achieve success or do something big.
But, the reality check is that hardly there are few people who work with full dedication for it. The rest just procrastinate their tasks.
And, this will never take them anywhere.
If you want to succeed, you have to struggle and you have to stop procrastinating.
Here are 12 simple and effective ways to stop procrastinating:
- Set simple, achievable, and realistic goals: Try to set goals that are simple, achievable, and realistic goals.
Because when you try to do a work that seems too big and daunting, then you will try to postpone that work.
For example: If you have to complete four chapters in two days. Instead of completing all four chapters on the last day, complete two chapters each day.
With this approach, your work seems more achievable and less intimidating.
And, you will try to complete it instead of procrastinating it.
Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”
- Educate yourself: If you are assigned a new project and you don’t have adequate knowledge about it. Then, you will be less confident about it and will try to get rid of it instead of completing it.
In contrast to it, if you have proper knowledge about your project, then it will seem easier to you. And, you will feel more confident about it and hence, will complete it easily.
So, educate yourself more and more because you can lose anything but your knowledge will remain with you till your last breath.
Benjamin Franklin said, “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”
- Get Organized: If you are not aware of your pending or important tasks, then you can never complete it.
So, get organize your schedule and keep a track of all your pending or important tasks.
- Make a to-do list: To get organized, you need a list of tasks that you have to complete to reach your goal.
Make a to-do list and write all your tasks that need to be completed.
This will work as a path to your goal because now you know what tasks need to be completed to reach your aim.
- Short term goals: It is always better to divide your long term goals into short term goals. Because short term goals make your goals more attainable and easy.
Once you know that your goal is easy, you feel confident and motivated about it. This feel of motivation helps you to complete the task easily and you will stop procrastinating.
Roger Federer said, “You have to believe in the long term plan you have but you need the short term goals to motivate and inspire you.”
- Set deadline: Setting a deadline for your tasks is one of the best ways to stop procrastination.
Assign a specific time to your work and accomplish it within the time limit.
This will also increase your productivity in day to day life.
- Time Management: Time management is very important in achieving your goals.
There are many ways to do it. You can complete similar tasks first and then proceed to others. Or you can complete the hard stuff first and then proceed to easier ones. Or you can complete the important tasks first.
There can be many ways to do it but you have to figure which one is good for you.
- Use your energy levels: There are certain times when we feel higher energy than the whole of the day.
For me, it is late at night. So, we can complete the unpleasant and hard tasks at this time of the day.
Because when we are higher in energy, our brain also works better than other times of the day. This will help you to easily complete your daunting tasks.
- Take breaks: After working continuously for a long period of time, you start losing your focus and also your productivity starts decreasing.
Then, a short break helps you to regain your focus and refresh your mind.
Yes, taking a break is more productive and helps you to be focussed as it is already examined by the Harvard Business Review.
- Reward Yourself: Set some reward for yourself after completing a certain task. This reward will create a feeling of motivation in you. And, this motivation will work as a self-motivation for you.
And, all of us know how does motivation works in our life.
Also, remove that reward if you are unable to complete the target.
- Notifications: Notification is the biggest form of distraction.
Suppose you are working with all your concentration, and suddenly a notification beeps on your device. For sure, your concentration level decreases.
A study from three researchers at Florida State University suggests that even if you ignore your notifications, you get distracted when they beep. It is equal to the reply of a text or answering a phone call.
Once you see some more interesting tasks on your notification, you will surely leave your main tasks and will procrastinate your work.
So, put all your devices on silent when you are busy doing your essential tasks.
- Make your goal public: Once you tell someone about your goal, there will be a thought in your mind always that they will keep a check on you.
This will work as a motivation for you that now you have to complete this task.
Keep in mind, tell your goal to someone who cares for you and your goals.
Serious consequences of Procrastination
There are many bad effects of procrastination in your life, and even it can lead to spoil your future. Some of them acquiring the top list are:
- Productivity: When you are procrastinating your work, then that simply means you are busy in some other task. So, you are diverted from your main task.
And, once you are diverted, you lose your concentration level that affects your work outcomes.
Due to this, there is a reduction in your productivity.
- Hinders your Success: As I already told you, it leads to a reduction in your overall productivity. Due to this reduction, you are unable to achieve your short term goals in a dedicated period of time.
As you are unable to achieve your short term goals in a specific time period, then your long term goal will also get postponed.
In this way, procrastination hinders your success.
- Demotivated: Due to procrastination, when you are continuously unable to complete your task in time then as a result, your stress level increases.
This increase in stress often makes you feel demotivated due to your inability to complete your task.
And we all know, staying motivated is the key to our success.
- Depression: When you are unable to achieve your goals, sometimes you start feeling demotivated. And, when we lack motivation for a long time period, it worsens our mental condition.
And, at its worst, it can even lead us to depression which is again a serious condition.
Now, you know what procrastination is and how it hinders your success.
So, try to stop procrastinating with the help of the above-mentioned ways. Commit to your schedule, work on your skills, and Rock on!