Procrastination can be annoying to say the least. But you can stop this negative habit easily. Trust me, you can.
Now think of that thing you’ve been meaning to do for a while, but keep putting off.
Don’t look so innocent. You know very well what thing I am talking about. We all have a thing or two (or more) like that. Maybe it is starting to drink green juice again. Perhaps it is finishing a project for school or work or at your house. Maybe it is taking an amazing trip. Or writing a novel. Whatever it is, for some reason you are not doing it.
Everyone procrastinates at some level with some things. It doesn’t matter if you are a chronic procrastinator or that there is only one little thing you don’t seem to get to, you can break your habit and get to work, especially if you understand why and how you are procrastinating and follow some easy tips shared at the end of the article.
Where Is Your Procrastination Coming From?
There are three main reasons you may be procrastinating:
1. Your parents were authoritarians who told you what to do, pushed you too hard and set hard expectations; procrastination can be a way of rebellion. You may be an adult now and your parents may not care, but procrastination becomes a habit.
2. Fear of failure. If you don’t try, you can’t fail.
3. Lack of motivation. If you don’t know where you are heading, don’t feel you have a purposein life or don’t find a purpose in your task, or if you are not seeing a bigger picture or visualizing an important goal, you may not find it important to go for it.
Besides understanding the main reason behind your procrastination, it is also crucial to know what kind of procrastinator you are.
There are 3 types of procrastinators.Which one are you?
1. Arousal type: This is you if you get high doing something in the last minute. Yup, some people have secretly always loved finishing school projects the night before and carry this habit into adulthood. The thing is that if you give it a shot, you may actually learn to enjoy the process of doing something ahead of time instead of panicking last minute.
2. ‘I’m not responsible’ type: Are you avoiding tasks to avoid responsibility? You belong to this type. You haven’t done it, so you can’t be responsible, right? If you think about it, the truth is that you are responsible no matter what. If you are avoiding your juice cleanse, you may avoid the responsibility of preparing your juice or picking up some pre-made raw juice bottles at the store, but by avoiding responsibility for your health, you become responsible for your illness.
3. ‘Fear of failure’ type: You may be afraid of failure, so you would rather not try it. If you don’t try it, you can’t fail after all. You are not avoiding the task, but avoiding potential failure. I know that most of the time I procrastinate, it is fear holding me back. I’ve also learned that once I step over fear, magic happens. There is no failure, but learning experiences only.
Don’t worry, procrastination is not a life sentence. You can beat it and become the queen or king of productivity.
Here are 7 tips to get over procrastination:
1. Figure out your triggers.If you understand why you are procrastinating, you will have an easier time beating it.
2. Don’t mix different work areas.Designate different areas for different tasks. Have a study or work spot, a craft spot, a sleeping spot and so on in your home. If you study better at the library, do it there instead of at home and vice-versa.
3. Don’t make to-do list longer than 7 items. Make doable tasks instead of a scary enormous one. Break them into smaller items
4. Don’t work over 45 minutes. Your attention span will not last much longer and your productivity level will lessen after 45 minutes. Take 10-15 minute breaks then.
5. Reward your progress. Create variety of rewards: don’t make it always food. A nice walk, watching a fun video, buying that shirt you’ve been wanting, a cuddle with your puppy, or visiting the Christmas market can all be rewarding.
6. Find a purpose.If you find your big ‘why’ behind your task it will be easier to motivate yourself. If you have a good reason to do something, you will. Dig deep until you find your reason. Journaling can really help with this.
7. CBT therapy and structured life coaching can help. They both can help you finding your ‘why,’ your inspiration and finding specific tools that work for you.
Now stop procrastinating here online, get to that task you’ve been putting off.
What helped you to stop procrastination in the past? What will you do to reduce procrastination in the future? Share your tips and goals in the the comments below. We would love to learn from you.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a Certified Holistic Health and Life Coach who encourages others to embrace their unique authentic selves, follow their heart and find their own version of freedom in life.
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