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Overcoming The Habit Of Procrastinating

 

Procrastination is defined as a means to defer or delay action until an opportunity is lost. If you could change only one habit, eliminating procrastination would be the one that will put you on the roadway to success. The tendency to procrastinate devours time.
Learn to embrace tasks and take advantage of opportunities. If you turn your back, you just might be missing something special. Quite often, you discover wonderful lessons in the messiest of challenges. Do you possess a bag full of excuses or promise yourself that you will start first thing tomorrow morning? We are going to look at some reasons people use to justify procrastination and tips we can use to overcome this negative quality.
REASONS WHY PEOPLE PROCRASTINATE
 
1. This tasks is too overwhelming!
Procrastinating overwhelming task
 
If you believe you do not have enough time to complete a project and think you will find the needed time later, you are only deceiving yourself. Eventually you realize that the probable time never comes. Yes, you are procrastinating. You fill your days with busyness and miss the opportunities.
 
2. It is just a little task and can wait!
Procrastinating small task
 
Small chores are easily pushed to the background in favor of more important stuff. Most of these little tasks have to be done at some point; they are the little irritants that constantly prick you. You do not like to do them, so you push them aside. The tendency to procrastinate on a small job eventually increases the stress involved when you come to the realization that it must be done now. However, once start, it usually is not quite as bad as you anticipated. Somewhere in the back of your mind you think that if you procrastinate long enough the task will disappear or something in the future will eliminate the necessity of doing it. Pressure develops when you fail to accomplish the small job and now it must be done at an inconvenient time or the price is higher than if you had done it before.
 
3. I don’t have time to do it perfectly!
Perfection tendencies — over-planning, over-organization, over-conscientiousness — are significant factors in procrastination. It is exhausting to contemplate a project when there is a need to complete it perfectly.
This is not what organizing is all about. You are sabotaging a project when you impose standards that have more to do with an ideal of perfection than with functional efficiency.
 
 
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
PLAN
Plan to avoid procrastinating

The first step to avoid procrastination is to take time to plan. Get out some paper and a pen and divide overwhelming tasks into manageable components. Then schedule 15-minute blocks of time on your daily calendar to accomplish each mini-step. Just the act of scheduling an appointment with yourself increases the probability that you will do it.
TAKE IT BIT BY BIT
Someone laying blocks

Some tasks can prove to be too large and overwhelming, so the best approach is to take them bit by bit.
All large tasks or activities can be broken down into small increments.
Working on a small portion of the task for fifteen minutes each day, making small holes in the overwhelming project until it finally disappears altogether. Approaching large tasks this way, eliminates the feeling of being overwhelmed.
CHANGE YOUR MINDSET
Changing your mindset

The way you view problems and tasks can affect your approach in solving them. You have to develop the mindset of getting things done as soon as possible.The longer you put off the small tasks, the more you must worry about finding the time to do them. As long you procrastinate, you increase anxiety and stress. You may even become ineffective and inefficient. The longer you wait, the worse it gets.You know you will have to do it eventually, so why drag out the inevitable. Take action today by scheduling time needed to get the chore completed.There is relief when the job is done. The oppressive weight will be lifted from your shoulders. Get into the JUST DO IT NOW habit.

  “Momentum builds upon small successes, not the perfections of life.” _Steve Roberts

 

DO IT THE BEST WAY YOU CAN
Getting work done

Waiting until you can get a job perfectly done, will only delay the possibilities of you actually doing it. The goal is effectiveness and efficiency, not perfection. Life is not perfect and there are no guarantees. Momentum builds upon small successes, not the perfections of life.
ASK FOR HELP WHEN NECESSARY
Asking for help

Some might despise the idea of asking others for help, but in a situation where things get way out of hand it would be necessary and advisable to seek help from others.
Going on alone will only make it harder for you to keep on going, whereas others can help take some load off your shoulders.
Procrastination is like a malady that leaves us handicapped. We should all try our best to fight this tendency

 

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