Learn how to stop procrastinating, accomplish your tasks and responsibilities. Learn new behavior, change old habits.
Procrastination is one of the most common complaints people have about themselves. It is defined as the counterproductive delay of actions or tasks to a later time. Psychologists often refer to such behavior as a method for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.
This behavior is a very difficult and can often lead to other issues such as anxiety, depression and anger. It can also eventually make us feel non productive as well as experiencing disapproval from society for not being responsible or having a sense of commitment. Although, we all can suffer from procrastination from time to time, it can easily become a problem when it becomes a way of life which will eventually interfere with how we function.
Procrastinating pic, LOL
Now, for those of you who are all too familiar with this complaint and suffer from the trials of procrastinating, it is important for you to know that you can overcome this behavior. With persistence and practice you can get to a place where you actually get things done on a daily basis and you know what? You might even come too really like it once you see how much better it is to live life that way.
In my articles I try my best to be as honest as possible, so it is important for me to add that changing this behavior like many others, May or may not be easy for you. And well, the truth is that for me it wasn’t that easy. I too suffered from a bad case of procrastination and it took for me a lot of practice, persistence along with trial and error. But, I am happy to say I am a non procrastinator today and it makes life a whole lot simpler.
Photo of a procrastinator
Okay, no one is perfect. Do I get lazy sometimes and put things of for a few hours or a day? Sure I do, but I certainly do not allow myself to fall back into the old behaviors where everything was in complete disorder.
I am going to share with you a few steps that helped me overcome procrastination and perhaps you too can free yourself from the chaos and turmoil this behavior can cause.
One - Honesty is the best policy. Look at this problem in the face and accept it for what it is a behavior that is causing you and those around you a lot of discomfort. Ask yourself, do you want to live this way? I’m sure your answer will be no. Now believe in yourself and choose to change.
Two - Do not set your self up with great expectations. Baby steps at first. Decide what particular projects or tasks you would like to start with, than tackle each one of them, one by one. For example if you have five things that need to get done during the week, do not attempt to accomplish it all in one day, instead tackle one each day and after every completion take the time out to acknowledge your accomplishment and pat yourself on the back, be proud even if you think the task was small, sit back and breath knowing that you got one thing out of the way, one less thing to worry about, more freedom in your life and more peace and serenity. That is fantastically monumental! Now tomorrow you move on to your next task, followed by the same praise.
Three – In the beginning do not let your mind play funny tricks on you, where you think that you can actually start working on your procrastination tomorrow. That behavior is exactly what you are trying to escape, saying “tomorrow I’ll do it”, when you know darn well it will not get done. So basically, Do not even feed into the frenzy and just go for it and do it in the now. Trust me and trust you, it will feel good when it is done.
Four – If you feel like you are taking a step backward and falling back into old habits, don’t beat yourself up about it. Feel good that you are able to recognize that you are having a slip and take control of it by moving forward and proceeding to complete your task. Dwelling on the negative emotions hurts your chances of success in preventing procrastination in your life. Also, thinking about how much easier your life has become with every completed project can give you an incentive to carry on with your responsibilities and reap the rewards of a simpler way of living.
It is important to comprehend that what we are aiming for here is more order and less disorder. Perfection is not the objective, it is simplicity and structure. Once you get a touch of that, you will appreciate and welcome it with open arms.