Have you ever had experience when you were asked 3 days ago to complete a report by 6PM today and now it’s only 3 hours left. But your work is far from being finished and you’re in a tearing hurry in order to get the job done before deadline while at the same time, you’re blaming yourself again for not doing earlier.
Does this sound familiar to you? Procrastination is considered as an intentional way of postponing in doing something that is supposed to be started sooner. Lucius Annaeus Seneca, a Roman Stoic philosopher, once said that “while wasting our time hesitating and procrastinating, life goes on” . People with procrastination would also experience other negative emotions like self-reproach, guilt, depression and anxiety. When talking about approaches in overcoming procrastination, following tips maybe able to help.
- Imagine your life without procrastination
Imagine yourself living a life with no pressure brought by procrastination, in which you don’t need to stay up very late in order to finish your work before the deadline and meanwhile, still able to enjoy your free time without guilt. Then start acting like a non-procrastinator for an hour, a day or a week, and see how it feels. Make it a part of your life.
- Set realistic goals
Keep in mind that there is no magical antidote that can immediately get rid of procrastination. Instead of investing more time complaining or wandering, you can try setting specific, measurable goals and make sure you write down all goals. Procrastination can actually rip off our positive energy, and achieving realistic goals can bring back your enthusiasm.
- Get your to-do list prioritized
When having multiple work tasks on hand, you’re probably not getting any of those tasks done efficiently. Under this situation, you can set up the priority of tasks in accordance with their importance or urgency before jumping straight into a particular piece of work.
- Make a schedule
Once you have determined your goals and prioritized your tasks, you need to develop a specific schedule. A good schedule can be a visual reminder of everything you’re doing or about to do, which is a very effective way to overcome procrastination. What’s more, completing these tasks will also give you a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
- Take action immediately
Whenever you’re assigned a task, you do it right away rather than pushing it off over next day. As time goes on, you will see that your life is becoming much more organized and productive.
- Break down works
A big task may make people feel overwhelmed. it is better to break it down into more manageable pieces. You keep doing this every day and later on, you will feel more comfortable on work.
- Have a visual reminder
Write down your goals on Post-it note and put it on the refrigerator door, in front of the mirror, the car dashboard, anywhere you’re able to see it. It’s a very efficient way to help remind yourself of everything in your list.
- Reward yourself
When you manage to get a task done on time, don’t be reluctant to reward yourself, such as treating yourself with a good meal or playing your favorite video game with friends. This helps to motivate you to reach your goals.