“I have always been a procrastinator. Even back in grades 6 & 7, when I had my first term projects, I would leave them to the last minute. It wasn’t uncommon for me to be finishing my work in a panic. Sometimes a mild panic. Sometimes a panicked panic. For the most part, I’ve been able to fake it, I’ve always been a able cover up my procrastination with a final dedicated effort as I approach deadlines. But recently it’s been harder and harder to get away with procrastinating because the projects have gotten too big and I just can’t finish them an evening or two. The results have been poor: I’ve gambled on extensions, and I’ve turned in some really sub-par work. At this point, I somehow managed to finish my master’s degree, but I still have two related projects that I need to finish up before I can really move on with my career. Thus, I’ve decided to get rid of my procrastination habit. I’ve tried many times before, using endless “anti-procrastination techniques,” such as chaining myself to my desk, setting earlier deadlines, scheduling each part of the project, giving up socializing, etc etc etc. Sometimes my efforts are helpful, but just for a short time”.
Ms. Erin .P
Regardless of form, work is a part of everyday human life, and procrastination is pretty much the other side of the same coin. Whether you’re a student or the teacher, an assistant or a CEO, we’ve all felt that laziness to work, had the I’ll-do-it-later syndrome, felt a measure of aversion to do stuff (happens to the best of us), but one thing about procrastination is that it always shows in the results. ALWAYS. Procrastination is easily the #1 productivity killer and on this post we’ll be going over how to avoid it.
After a survey of 72 successful people including the likes of Neil Patel, Mike Vardy, Darren Rowse, they have recommended techniques they use to avoid procrastination:
•Develop a habit of doing tasks immediately they need to be done
•Schedule your priorities. Have a schedule for every week rather than decide on feeling
•Break down projects in smaller, manageable pieces
•Find the reason you’re procrastinating and be decisive about it
•When feeling reluctant to work, take a small step foward for a headstart or give your work a sense of urgency
•Identify the things you do when you procrastinate and create time for those activities
Procrastination is human nature and we really can’t help being who we are sometimes. What we CAN do is condition our mind and reduce the urge as much as possible. Keep trying different methods until you find what works for you, and this post gives you the perfect headstart.
Happy new month and happy worker’s day, Pluggers.