Procrastination can be a serious problem. How many times have you waited until the last minute to work on a difficult project? You tell yourself that you thrive on the pressure. But, is that really why you wait so long?
There are many reasons why people procrastinate. Perhaps you think you have enough time to complete the project. Maybe you simply didn’t have a chance to do the project because of other commitments. Other reasons include poor time management and fear of failure.
Whatever the reasons, procrastination is not healthy. It affects your health, relationships, and can eve put your job in jeopardy. If you are a student, procrastination can lead to poor grades and may prevent you from reaching your overall potential.
You know something needs to be done, but may feel overwhelmed. Here are some suggestions that will help you conquer the procrastination habit.
Figure out why. Often analyzing why you chose to procrastinate, you can take the steps necessary to beat it. After you procrastinate a few things and then determine why, you may realize that there is a pattern or a connection between all the events. This is important information to understand because it will help lead to lasting changes.
Write the steps. Sometimes people procrastinate because a project or assignment looks overwhelming. If you find yourself in this situation, perhaps the task is too large and you may be procrastinating because you can’t figure out what you should be doing.
If this is a particular problem with you, write down all the steps that need to be completed so you can finish the project. This will give you a better idea of what you need to do.
Take action. Another tactic to help beat procrastination is to take action, no matter how small or insignificant it is. For example, if you have a project that requires you to read a lot of information, begin reading and taking notes as soon as you get the materials. Even if the action is small, this will help build momentum. Before you know it, the project will be completed well before the deadline.
Pass it on. Sometimes you may procrastinate a project or assignment because it doesn’t interest you or you may not have the expertise. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to pass the project along to someone else. Make sure you tell your boss before you do. If the project is important, people will want it completed in a high quality manner. If you don’t have the expertise, this can affect the outcome in a negative way.
Final thoughts. When it comes to procrastination, there are several different causes. To conquer it, first determine why you procrastinate. From there you can take measures to prevent it!