The pitfalls of procrastination
To procrastinate is to put forward work which you ought to do now for later. It is a habit that anybody can easily fall into. Slowly it can grow into an addiction that slowly eats away at any potential for development in your personal life and your career.
Many people give random excuses for putting work that ought to be completed in the present at far ends of the back burner for completion at a later time such as; having no time, no motivation, or simply not knowing how to carry out a given task. Whatever reason you choose cannot be justified enough.
The only best known tool to beat procrastination is Time management.
- Make up your own rewards. For example, promise yourself a special treat if you’ve completed a certain task and soon you will realize how good it feels to finish things!
- Ask someone else to check up on you. Peer pressure works! This is the principle behind slimming and other self-help groups, and it is widely recognized as a highly effective approach to help stop bad habits.
- If you’re putting off starting a project because you find it overwhelming, you need to take a different approach. Here are some tips:
- Break the project into a set of smaller, more manageable tasks. You may find it helpful to create an action plan. Start with some quick, small tasks if you can, even if these aren’t the logical first actions. You’ll feel that you’re achieving things, and so perhaps the whole project won’t be so overwhelming after all
Finally, it is important to know that in order to have a good chance of conquering procrastination, you need to spot straight away that you’re doing it. Then, you need to identify why you’re procrastinating and taken appropriate steps to overcome the block.
To your success,
Susan Delano Swim