We all procrastinate in some area of our lives. You may be a procrastinator at home, but not at work, or perhaps you procrastinate doing your garden, but not doing your taxes. We do not necessarily procrastinate in all areas.
I talked about why we may procrastinate. I hope you have found out why, but irrespective of why you procrastinate, here are some tips form scientists. So if everything else you have tried it did not work, you may want to try these tips. They may work.
Understand procrastination. Do you know why you procrastinate? Why do you leave activities to the last minute?
- Scientists have been studying the brain and feelings to understand procrastination. A study, titled “Overcoming procrastination,” looked at why people put things aside despite knowing their importance.
- Researchers believe self-esteem and world views can affect procrastination. People who have low self-esteem and negative views of the world around them are more likely to avoid doing important things on time. They’are more likely to see no point in completing the tasks.
However, procrastination can also be a simple bad habit.
Break up the work into smaller bits. Can your assignments or chores be cut up into smaller pieces?
- One reason for procrastination is that assignments or chores can seem overwhelming and too difficult to finish. If you break up things into smaller chunks, list every small task you need to complete, then each piece can be accomplished easier.
Setting a dateline for each task can also help you stay on track.
Recognize your procrastination activities. Do you play games instead of working on your project? Are you checking social media instead of finishing a report? Are you getting up to the fridge every fifteen minutes. Track and analyze your activities.
- What do you do while you procrastinate? If you examine these activities and thoughts, you can catch them before they happen.
- Social media, games, and Smartphone messages are distractions. Emails and phone calls can also be an issue. Do you see how much time you waste< on these activities instead of completing the actual task?
You can eliminate the distractions and activities that keep you from finishing your work. Stop checking your phone and social media while you’re working on a task. Avoid playing the games until you’re done with your chore. Do not get up to eat, unless it is your meal time.
Get others involved. You may need to involve friends, coworkers, of family to help you. They can help you set goals, watch you, and stop you from procrastinating.
Choose an accountability partner. A friend, coworker or relative can held you accountable. You can inspire each other to stay focused and finish your tasks.
- Choose an accountability partner. A friend, coworker or relative can held you accountable. You can inspire each other to stay focused and finish your tasks.
Stop the excuses. Do you find yourself making multiple excuses for not finishing a project? Do you blame your health or the health of others? Do you complain about the amount of work or lack of instructions? Excuses can derail your efforts and lead to procrastination. It is time to take responsibility for your actions.
- Common excuses also include thinking that you can finish it faster if you are on a tight deadline or blaming your mood for not doing it. Another common excuse is waiting for the time to be right or just perfect. These excuses are unhealthy and waste your energy.
- Instead of coming up with reasons not to complete an assignment, focus on finishing it.
Procrastination doesn’t have to be a permanent habit in your life. Your were not born a procrastinator. You can avoid it and prevent it by following simple tips from scientists.
Avoid procrastination and you will get more things done faster and be happier.