So many people procrastinate, I am a professional procrastinator. With my senior year in college coming I’ve really been working on putting an end to this. I thought it would be a good idea to talk about: The reasons why you may procrastinate and how you can overcome these obstacles.
Excuses and fixes
Perfectionists are often the best procrastinators. They make excuses to justify reasons why they should wait to get started on something. The time is rarely ever perfect, there will always be some reason you can justify not doing the task now. Perfectionists need to work hard at taking the plunge and realizing that just because the situation or everything you need isn’t perfect, doesn’t mean you still can’t work on the task. Sometimes you just have to let it go, know it wont be perfect and get to work.
There are some days when I have a terrible time focusing on anything. Facebook notifications constantly going off or text messages, etc. If you find your having a serious time focusing, try turning off your phone or notifications. This is tough sometimes. My job often requires Facebook time and I often catch myself scrolling Facebook when I should be working on other tasks.
One thing that seems to work for me, is to set timers. Work for 20-25 minutes and then i reward myself with a 5 minute break. This is the Pomodoro technique. Every 4 breaks you get 10 minutes instead of 5. It helps to know when I am working that I know a break is coming up soon. Breaks are when I get another cup coffee, go to the bathroom or check my notifications.
Sometimes even blocking the distractions is necessary. When it comes down to this I use an app called “Freedom” it allows you to block distractions on your phone or computer. You type in what web addresses you want to avoid and for how long.
Unsure of how to Get started or Lacking Motivation
If you haven’t already sorted out your goals and broke them down into manageable steps. Goal mapping is a great way to help you get started. Think about the why of your goals. Do your goals fit the SMART goal guidelines? They need to be “Specific”, “Measurable”, “Attainable”, “Realistic” and “Time sensitive”.
Revisit your goals and make sure that the task at hand it something that will help you to reach these goals. Post your goals where you can see them. Use a vision board.
Once you have a clear goal it can be clearer on what you need to do in order to get there. This goal can be anything from starting your own business to graduating from school.
If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed it may mean your tasks are too big. Break them up into smaller bits, prioritize which tasks need to come first and focus on one task at a time.
This also mean that you can be taking on too much. You need to ask someone for help or delegate tasks to someone else. If you can afford to hire someone to do tasks for you, think about how much your time is worth and decide if it is worth it. This may not be doable for every task at hand, but if it is something you can have someone else do for you it is often worth it.
Have you had a break lately? Sometimes we are working so hard we forget that we need to give ourselves a break. Taking a real break that involves some self-care can be extremely beneficial. Do some yoga, meditate, read, or whatever it is that makes you happy.
You are trying to avoid certain feeling such as boredom, fear, feeling dumb or you are avoiding rejection. These emotions can often have us do everything we can to avoid the thing we should be working on. We need to identify our negative emotions and do our best to pull through them. Remember that no one started off at an expert at anything. Think about how great you will feel when the task is over and use the Pomodoro Technique to push through.
I hope that these ideas help you to succeed in the battle of your procrastination! Good luck!
Have a wonderful day,