How do you defeat procrastination? Continue reading this post to find out the answer to this question.
Have you found yourself struggling to work while a deadline is looming? You know that you should be working, but you want to surf social media apps or blogs for a few minutes. In your mind, you only need to relax for a few minutes, and you’d get back to work. Before you know it, the day is gone, and you haven’t achieved much.
Please don’t feel bad, it happens to almost all human beings, and it is called procrastination. The question that most people ask is, “how can I defeat procrastination?” Continue reading this post to find out.
Procrastination vs. Laziness
We often confuse procrastination with laziness. However, they are different. With procrastination, you choose to carry out one activity instead of another. On the other hand, laziness is an unwillingness to do anything, a state of inactivity, or apathy.
When you procrastinate, you ignore a task you consider unpleasant at the time for something more exciting or easier. Most times, the task you ignore is the more important one. Succumbing to procrastination leads to several unpleasant results, with the most conspicuous being not achieving our goals.
How to Defeat Procrastination
Now that you know you are not lazy, let’s show you how to defeat procrastination. Here are a few helpful tips:
Figure out the cause
Before you even begin to deal with procrastination, you need to figure out the cause of the problem. Why do you procrastinate? We all have different reasons and vices leading to this unwanted behavior. You need to answer questions like,
- Am I always re-prioritizing tasks?
- Do I delay important work for a good reason or because it feels uninteresting?
Your answers to these questions will reveal whether or not you have a procrastination problem. There are several reasons why people procrastinate, such as,
- Reading emails several times without deciding your standpoint.
- Preferring easier tasks to more complex ones.
- Ignoring important tasks for low-priority tasks.
- Deciding to spend time relaxing instead of working.
- Waiting for the right mood or time to work.
Fight the cause
Now that you know your vices, dealing with the problem becomes easier. You might be procrastinating so much because you have made it easy to do so. Once you know your vices, start dealing with them, and you will solve the problem. Here are a few things you can do:
- Never check emails at the start of work.
- Turn off social media notifications.
- Keep your phone or smart devices away while working.
- Track productivity.
- Set times for different tasks.
Split your work into modules
As mentioned above, one reason why people ignore essential tasks is that they are complex. When a task seems overwhelming, your brain quickly tells you to leave it for later. However, doing this reduces your productivity, and you may never get around to accomplishing that task.
You can make a complex task easier by splitting it into modules. Doing this helps you to view each module as a separate task. Before you know it, you have completed all the modules, and the main task is complete.
Work with to-do lists
This is one of the easiest ways to improve your productivity. You should have a to-do list for each day, week, and month. Get a small notepad where you can write your list. If you feel that’s too old-fashioned, you can use your smartphone.
Arrange your tasks in order of priority or importance. Cross out any task that you have completed. Doing this gives you a certain feeling of accomplishment that motivates you to continue with the remaining tasks.
Manage your environment
Sometimes, all you need to be more productive is to manage or change your environment. How does your workspace look? If it is scattered, try rearranging it and adding a few decoration items to improve the ambiance. You can also introduce some soft music into the background if it wouldn’t distract you.
Another thing you can do is find another location to work occasionally. Depending on what you do, it could be a shared workspace or a hub close by. You should also spend time interacting with others in your field at events like PurposeFest 2022.
That’s it for how to defeat procrastination. Do you have any other methods? Kindly share them with us in the comments section. Feel free to explore other articles on GodKulture, and don’t forget to register for PurposeFest 2022.