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Overcome procrastination, NOW is the time.

Many people have the habit of putting things off for another day. Though sometimes it is necessary for us to re-plan things, but when such things happen for no good reason then it is time for us to evaluate whether we too are mildly afflicted by the habit of procrastination. Below is my take on why we procrastinate, how this habit impacts us and what we can do to overcome it.

Why we procrastinate

  • A number of people have the tendency to not do things until their priority changes from normal to urgent, we are used to taking things lightly.
  • Some of us are plain simple forgetful, so when there is time and opportunity to finish the task we are doing something else, wasteful or otherwise.
  • Sometimes that little hitch to do a task which has some level of difficulty or unpleasantness to it makes us put off the task for some other day. We are not the ones who take challenges head on and be done and over with.

 

How it affects us

  • When we have more things on our mind  that have to be done, it generally increases anxiety. This also affects our focus on the task we are onto affecting our performance.
  • We may miss opportunities, pay penalties in case we put things off till such time that the opportunity of doing the thing is lost.  Also when we do things at the last minute, it does not bring out the best in us, leading to a job not done even to our own satisfaction.
  • It creates a poor impression in case we are generally seen as a procrastinator.
  • It takes more time in managing tasks than would otherwise be required had we done the task at the earlies rather than put it off.

 

How to overcome procrastination

  • Realize that you have a tendency to procrastinate that you would like to do away with hence will take further actions in that direction.  Set it as your goal and then try and follow some of the things listed below as applicable to you.
  • When evaluating a task for scheduling, ask what is the next earliest opportunity for you to do that task, instead of thinking that there is still a lot of time before it really needs to be done. Schedule the task immediately for such a date and time
  • If you are forgetful, use to do lists and schedule your tasks before they slip out of you mind. Ensure that you prioritize tasks as per their importance and urgency. Ensure not to re-prioritize the tasks more than twice.
  • Planning personal tasks is a passive activity as compared to actually doing them. People who generally suffer from lethargy would find it difficult to overcome procrastination as their body and mind are not active enough to get into action. Such people will have to start two steps earlier by first setting their mind body system in place by leading an active life style.

So, lets not put off attacking procrastination to some other day, lets do it right away, set it as your goal. All the best.