“Well…I will do this later. Although I know it’s important, I’m not in a mood to do it today.” How many times do you think in such a way? Do you opt to leave important things just because your mood says so? Do you repent later of not doing the important task? If your answer any of the last two questions is “yes”, then… welcome to the “Procrastinator Club”.
What is Procrastination?
It’s a habit in which a person avoids doing an important task which needs to be completed. Simply put, if you need to study for your class test which is scheduled one month from now, and you delay studying because your mood doesn’t let you do so, then you have a habit of procrastinating.
Are You Really Procrastinating?
Everything that you avoid is not an act of procrastination. For example, if your favorite movie is going to be telecast, and you choose not to watch it, instead you choose to do physical activity as a part of your exercise, then it’s not an act of procrastination.
It’s good to relax when your brain is fried enough; doing so will rejuvenate you and give you an extra boost for the next “brain-fry” session. But, if you procrastinate doing an important thing, and spend your day in laziness thinking that you are relaxing, then it’s not good at all.
If you delay an important task for a genuinely good reason, then you’re not procrastinating. But, if you avoid doing important thing and keep things off indefinitely, then you might be procrastinating.
How to Stop Procrastinating
It is estimated that nearly twenty per cent adults procrastinate, whereas about fifty per cent of all students procrastinate. Procrastination leaves a negative impact, which includes poor performance, stressful life, and poorer mental and physical health.
Here are 4 steps to stop procrastination:
Step 1: Figure Out Why You’re Procrastinating
If you want to tackle the issue of procrastinating, then you need to figure out the factors responsible for it.
There are several common causes for procrastination, such as laziness, lack of motivation, lack of focus, and fear of making mistakes.
If laziness grabs you while doing a task, then one of the causes might be a lengthy task at hand. Break the lengthy task into small chunks so as to make it easily attainable.
Sometimes you may feel lack of motivation while doing a task, and this might be the reason you procrastinate. If this happens to you, then don’t force yourself to do the task because it’s not a solution, instead read motivational books, watch motivational videos, and talk to someone who can motivate you.