Whether it’s completing a project or everyday chores or finishing off something at work, most people are prone to procrastination – even the most productive among us. To be fair, it’s an easy pit to fall into because at the time, it feels so blissful to postpone undesirable responsibilities in favour of doing something more enjoyable instead. Or does it?
While many of us might think we’re enjoying what we’re doing in this ‘free time’, it’s possible we might actually just be enjoying not doing what we’re supposed to do and because we’re conscious of that fact the whole time, those tasks can hang over us, making them all the more daunting, making us want to procrastinate even more. It really can be a vicious cycle.
Generally speaking, procrastination seldom pays off for anyone… so, the preferable alternative would be to complete tasks when we’re supposed to, feel accomplished, and then actually enjoy our free time – time that feels all the more sweet because we ‘earned’ it. So if we come to realise that procrastination is a bad idea, then why do so many of us do it?
Why we procrastinate
Procrastination usually goes beyond just laziness and can happen for different reasons. It might be because you’re intimidated by the task ahead or have a fear of the unknown. Perhaps you have a fear of failing or you’re a perfectionist feel you need more and more time to get it ‘right’. Perhaps there’s a fear of change and you are struggling to come to terms with a brand new task, which may be different to what you’re used to. Perhaps you lack motivation or perseverance or simply become distracted.
Whatever the cause, there are plenty of ways to overcome procrastination and boost your productivity.
A more productive you
Procrastination can have a really detrimental effect on your life - it’s a VIP invitation for stress, and it can easily become a vicious, circular habit. Fortunately, it’s never too late to retrain your mind to think of ‘getting things done’ as a positive and uplifting activity, rather than something you instinctively want to avoid. Follow the above practical tips, and say goodbye to procrastination and hello to productivity.
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