To procrastinate is to postpone, leave tasks that we don’t want to do or that we don’t like, but that are important, until later. Es encontrar siempre algo better que hacer ou no hacer to avoid doing what we don’t want to do.
How many times have we not picked up the phone before doing a task or said, “I’ll do it tomorrow!” The reality is that Procrastination makes everything cost more when it’s time to put it down, whether we do it reluctantly or have what we think we should do stuck in our thoughts all the time, not to mention the times when you’re on the edge and have to do it fast and badly. And the longer we delay, the more it costs us, that’s the reality.
The temptation to constantly procrastinate
Prioritizing is fine, there are times when we have many tasks and we decide which ones we think are the most important to do first, but prioritizing and procrastinating are not the same thing. What happens when procrastination becomes a habit? In many cases, this habit becomes a problem that can affect our work and our personal and social life.
What do I gain if I don’t postpone what I have to do? This is the question that we do not usually ask ourselves. Well, it saves time, tranquility and psychological well-being, because nothing feels better than seeing the result of a well-executed effort.
But… Why are we procrastinating? There are different causes of procastination. The most common is lack of motivation, maybe this task does not appeal to us or we do not consider it important. Often we don’t do things because we don’t know how to do them and we’re afraid that we’ll deal with it or that we won’t do it well. On other occasions, procastination has more to do with self-concept or the idea we have of ourselves versus that task, this or that is not good for me and dealing with it means doing in front of a part of me that I don’t like or it scares me
Tips against procrastination
Today I offer some ideas that can be useful in times when the task seems overwhelming and we do not have much motivation to tackle it.
1. When you have decided to do something, really decide it.
Plan how and when communicate your decision to one or more other people to reinforce this commitment.
2. Identify what you are doing when you procrastinate
Maybe you’re looking at your mobile, you’re caught in one of the social networks, you put on a series or a movie… If you manage to identify what you use to procastinate and you manage to avoid doing it or having it in front of you, you will be closer to achieving it.
3. Divide the big task into small tasks
When you see everything, the feeling can be overwhelming, but if you manage to break the task down into small tasks, the feeling of overwhelm decreases and your sense of capacity increases to achieve it and also your motivation.
4. Wait the first two minutes
These are usually the most complicated, but if you hold on to the focus of the task for that first moment everything will be easier and you will see that you can achieve it. If I lasted two minutes… Why not five more?
5. Take a break from those small tasks if you need to.
Exhaustion is not a friend of good results and you will be able to gather strength for the next task.
6. Reinforce what you have accomplished
If at the end of the task you offer yourself a small prize, encourage yourself or perhaps find something to do that you enjoy more, the effort will have been worth it and your motivation towards her will be greater next time.
7. Evaluate your progress
At the end, ask yourself the question and observe how do you feel when you’ve achieved something you initially thought you couldn’t do or you felt you didn’t want to.
You know, they say it all starts and you’ll find you have more free time, more mental peace, you’re more capable of what you create and you’ll find ways to feel better about yourself and what you’re doing. surrounds you.