Procrastination is the pattern of behavior by which some people usually delay the start of any activity, obligation or daily task that they have to perform, both professional and professional as well as social or family.
Under the guise of rational thinking, we often tend to cover irrational decisions with words and false logic that cause us to delay starting any work.
In the case of procrastination, these types of thoughts are ideas with which we are mistaken in order to postpone the moment of starting work and at the same time try not to feel bad about it. They are mental traps that lead us to fall into the temptation to continue resting, having fun or doing something other than the obligation that we have to fulfill and that distracts us without thinking about the worries related to the accumulated work.
The main forms of self-deception that lead us to procrastination
Below we present a list of self-delusions and “mental traps” that lead us to fall into “I’ll do it later”.
1. “I can enjoy a few hours of sleep”
Believing that we can use hours of sleep to work is a mistake and an unhealthy habit, because if we don’t get enough rest at night, we will have concentration problems the next day.
Health professionals recommend sleeping between 7 and 9 hours each night, as this is the time our body needs to rest properly and recharge its energies to perform better the next morning.
It is obvious that a poorly rested brain of a sleepy person who has not slept the hours that correspond to him will be less efficient and will be less fresh both to concentrate and to face any type of work obligation.
2. Believing that you haven’t rested enough yet
Often breaks during work periods and procrastination before starting a work day are done to recover energy before putting our hands to work with our work obligations.
In some cases, we may have to delay the moment of starting work excessively because we feel that we have not yet satisfied our desire to have fun, that is to say that when we think about distractions or have fun, we feel too frustrated to stop doing that and get to work.
To think that we need to rest a little more because that’s how we’ll perform better is counterproductive, because precisely when we finally start to put our hands to work, it’s because we’ve succeeded. to put an end to this period of rest, bearing in mind that the most difficult thing is to start.
3. Believing that a lot of accumulated work will motivate us
Another of the self-delusions that our brain conceives and that leads us directly to procrastination is to consider that having a lot of work or many accumulated tasks will motivate us more in the future when we start working.
This happens by having a distorted view of our performance in times of crisis or under pressure and to consider that we are more successful in critical situations, when the truth is that it really happens the other way around.
People generally perform better when we are better organized, and when we have a lot of work pending, we generally tend to stress out, perform better, and feel intense discomfort from having a large amount of pending tasks.
4. Thinking that we will perform better under pressure
Thinking that it will be satisfying to test yourself and put yourself under pressure to be able to do everything at the last moment is another of the delusions or thought patterns that prevent us from starting our work earlier.
On the contrary, what really strengthens self-esteem is to move from ideas to action and to have the discipline to manage your time well to achieve good results, instead of doing things quickly and badly, desperately.
Organized work done with enough time to get things done right will ensure real success in the end product, and positive recognition from our superiors.
5. “I’m not ready”: fear of failure
Fear of failure is another of the classic reasons why people tend to procrastinate in their day-to-day work, and one of the great obstacles that appear daily in the minds of millions of people and prevent them from performing at maximum in their workplace.
Believing that we won’t do it well or having the certainty that we are not useful to carry out the tasks entrusted to us is a way of thinking that prevents us from getting the best out of ourselves.
Instead of being anchored in fear, it is important to change our way of thinking and start thinking not more positive, but more constructive thoughts on the future and on our daily performance. Believing that we are still unprepared to fulfill our work obligations is very much related to the fear of doing the wrong thing.
This type of thinking consists in considering that we need more preparation or that by resting a little more we can begin our task with more diligence and more chances of success.
Again, this is a thought pattern that serves as an excuse to avoid starting our work, which is linked both to fear of failure, and to internal indecisiveness and a general lack of organization.
6. I must overcome indecision first
Indecision on the part of a worker is also usually reason enough to procrastinate and to an extreme delay in starting work. In this case, the self-delusion is to assume that this kind of problem is solved in a phase before we get to work to solve the problem, when in reality the best way to make complex decisions is to involve ourselves in our tasks.
We understand by indecision a series of difficulties to develop any work diligently, organized, with motivation and with the belief that we are doing it well at all times.
Some people think they have to wait a while before they start working on any task because they think they won’t be able to do it successfully or they’re not good enough to do it.
Instead, it’s important to start working as early as possible, believing in yourself, in your own possibilities, and that hard work and effort will pay off sooner or later.
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