Managing Procrastination

Everybody procrastinates sometime, even if for only a short time. Even if you’re one of that rare breed who only suffers from procrastination occasionally, you’ll find the hints below helpful for managing this habit.

If you can complete your tasks on time you will get control over yourself and your life. And you will be free of that familiar feeling of chaos that ensues each time a deadline looms or you finish a task late.

Following these tips can help you to manage procrastination or at least lesson its impact.

Do you want to suffer now or later? Those who get things done on time would rather suffer and just get it over with; they can then reward themselves for getting the task done. Those who procrastinate would rather wait, but they just suffer later and have no time to reward themselves.

  •  When you procrastinate, you inevitably start a task when the pain of doing it is less than the pain of not doing it. Except that by waiting, the pain is is inevitably far greater than if you had completed the task earlier.
  •  Getting the task done in plenty of time just makes so much more sense. You suffer less in the long run and you won’t have the pressure of the task hanging over your head for days or weeks.

Develop a positive mindset. Do you find you spend a lot of time thinking about how difficult the task will be, or how horrible it is, or how much you don’t want to do it? Then try and focusing on how good it will feel to get it done and out of the way is a good way to get over procrastination.

  • Try to think about the task and feel positive about it, if you can achieve this, the task is as good as finished.
  •  By the same token, think about the consequences of completing it late or the pressure you will put yourself under by leaving it to the last minute.

Just start it. Many procrastinators find it difficult to even make a start on a large task. Do whatever it takes to make yourself just start on the task. You will find that once you get going, you will establish momentum and it’s not usually as bad as you initially thought.

  • Set up a plan where you complete a small chunk of the task everyday and give yourself a reward for getting a certain amount accomplished.
  •  Frequently you’ll find that if you can just get started, it’s not nearly as difficult as you imagined. Making a start is always the toughest part of the job.

Get some help. Sometimes asking a friend to help can help you to get the task done and can also be motivational as you don’t want to let them down. Feeling like you’re not in it on your own can ease the challenge of completing the task.

Understand the ways you waste your time. By being aware of the things you do, to put off what you should be doing, will make it easier to catch yourself procrastinating.

  • Some common ways of wasting time would include, surfing the internet, constantly checking email, Interrupting others for no real purpose, and many more. What do you do? If you can answer this question, you’ll be able to spot them earlier and do something about it.

Track your progress. If you wanted to lose weight, I’m sure you would weigh yourself once in a while to check your progress. Constantly check your progress so you can really see where you are and what you are achieving.

Don’t let procrastination be a constant part of your life. Focus on how good you’ll feel when you have completed that dreaded task. Do not procrastinate anymore; these tips are a good starting point, but only if you start right away!

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Till Next Time

The Time Doctor – Mike Gardner

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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor helps the overworked and overwhelmed learn to say 'No' nicely, and improve their management of time, emails and meetings. He is also an avid fan of Aston Villa, a Dad of Neil & Emma, a hubby to Wendy and in his role with the reserve forces, he has completed operational tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

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