You must submit your work to your manager before 5.00 pm. However, you spend more time on social media and playing computer games instead of doing the task. As a result, you are now under stress to finish the work. In another scenario, the assignment’s due date is today. Unfortunately, you just finished an introduction. You start blaming yourself for wasting so much time.
Plenty of us falls into the trap of procrastination. According to Piers Steel, a researcher and speaker, 95 per cent of us delay to some extent. While knowing you’re not alone might be soothing, it’s also devastating to discover how much it can slow you down.
So, in today’s blog article, we will look for a way to stop procrastinating.
What caused the procrastinating in people?
What is procrastinating? Procrastination is the act of postponing choices or activities needlessly. For instance, you’re procrastinating if you need to write an essay but waste time on the internet while knowing you should be working.
Feeling a little overwhelmed?
Overwhelm caused by various factors, including a particular project that seems significant in scope or many minor activities that pile up. When this occurs, a person may choose to ignore the responsibilities at hand or try to do them but get stuck before completing them. If you need to write an article, for example, the fact that the work will take so long and involve so many parts may make you feel overwhelmed, causing you to put it off starting in the first place.
Depressed and Anxiety
Some individuals delay because they are depressed on the inside. Depression may produce weariness, difficulty concentrating, and a loss of enthusiasm in tasks, all of which can contribute to procrastination. Someone sad, for example, may constantly put away cleaning their room or going grocery shopping because they do not have the mental energy.
Read also: 20 Facts about depression.
Laziness is the refusal to put up the work required, even when they are capable of doing so. One of the leading causes behind procrastination might be a person’s laziness in certain circumstances. Someone may, for example, delay when it comes to cleaning the dishes because they do not want to get up and do it. However, keep in mind that in many cases, individuals mistakenly believe their procrastination is caused by laziness when it is due to something else, such as worry or a fear of failure. It’s also worth noting that, although laziness and a lack of effort may be the same thing, they’re not. For example, someone may be very driven to achieve a particular goal, yet they may fail to make any progress because they are hesitant to put in the required effort.
In conclusion, there might be other reasons why individuals procrastinate, which could happen to anybody. Procrastination will cause you to be late for work and other things, mainly if the task requires a group effort.
How to stop procrastinating?
Option 1: Make sure you’re not wasting your time and energy.
One of the most important things about time management is that you don’t just manage your time. You also have to think about your energy levels. There will be days when you work very hard and work very little. It doesn’t matter how coordinated you are. In the same way, you have your best and worst times of the day.
Option 2: Over come your fears of failing or fear of succeeding.
When you procrastinate, you may be afraid of failing and scared of succeeding. These are two of the most common fears that may be holding you back. Getting hurt by failure, taking a break, and trying again is different from being disoriented by fear. However, failure is an essential part of being successful. Success is nothing more than going from one failure to the next without giving up until you finally win. To get better faster, you need to fail more. You have to learn to love falling and keep learning from it so that you don’t hate it.
Option 3: Make sure that you don’t set too high of goals and expectations for yourself in life.
Everyone should dream big. It’s important not to get caught up in narcissistic self-importance, where we have unrealistic expectations about how quickly we can get something done. Consequently, people who have unrealistic expectations end up disappointed or giving up on their dreams. It can be hard to reach your goals if you set unrealistic ones. If you try and fail, you may start putting things off.
In the end, it all comes down to taking action and making things happen. It doesn’t matter how much planning, strategising and hypothesising you do. If you don’t do anything, nothing will happen. People who keep complaining about their problems but still don’t do anything at the end of the day didn’t move forward.