Do you always delay the tasks you have to do until the last minute? If your answers were yes then you are a definitely a procrastinator. Procrastination won’t only make you feel guilty, lower your self esteem but it will halt your progress in life completely until you find that everyone around you reached what they wanted while you are still in your place.
Dealing with procrastination
Dealing with procrastination requires a deep understanding of its underlying causes. Excuses like “I am not in the mood to start” or “I will begin tomorrow” are not by any means the cause of procrastination but they are just decoys that the person uses in order to make himself feel better when he doesn’t do what he has to do. In the following lines I will try to make the root causes of procrastination more clear so that you can deal with them.
- Perceived difficulty: Both Procrastinators and non procrastinators think that some tasks are difficult, boring or stressful but the only difference between both is that non procrastinators start immediately then discover that the fears they had were unreal while procrastinators keep visualising the difficulty of the task without daring to approach it.
- The sense of security : Procrastinators tend to mistakenly think that they are secure and that they will be able to do the task on time thus they have a false sense of security. While a few of them manage to complete the task in the last few minutes most of them fail to do so and only end up feeling guilty.
- Waiting for ever: Procrastinators think that non procrastinators start working when they feel like it and so they wait for the right mood before starting but unfortunately this right mood never comes. One of the big differences between non procrastinators and procrastinators is that the first group start working even if they were feeling horrible while the other group keep waiting forever for their moods to change and usually their moods never change.
- Fear of failure or avoiding the task: Underlying procrastination might lie fear of failure. Procrastinators might not start a task because they fear that they won’t be able to do it successfully, that others will know that they can’t complete it or that their sense of self worth might decrease when they fail to do it.
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Overcoming procrastination can only be done by doing the following:
- Stop waiting for the right mood: Understanding that the good mood you are waiting for will never come is crucial to getting over the habit of procrastination. Life isn’t easy and you won’t always be feeling happy. Depend on your mood to get things done and you will only become productive when you feel like it
- Stop waiting for the right time: There is nothing called the right time to do a certain thing for the right time is now. People who keep waiting for the so called right time end up wasting time and not getting anything done.
- Fears grow when you avoid them: Understanding that the fears you have will grow as you wait more can help you stop procrastinating. Some people think that by avoiding the unpleasant tasks they are actually making themselves feel good but the truth is that those bad emotions get stronger then visit them again
- Understand the consequences: Knowing that depression will definitely visit you if you didn’t stop procrastinating might motivate you to move. As the time passes and you find yourself not making any progress you will certainly become depressed.
- Productive people just do it: Productive people don’t wait for a right mood or a right time to do something but instead they just do the things they have to do even when they don’t feel like it.
- Deal with the underlying psychological causes:Procrastination has many different psychological causes such as fear of failure, low self esteem and self regulation issues. To end procrastination you must end the root causes as well else the problem is very less likely to be solved.