If you haven’t had a chance to read the first article, you can click here to read it now. I had asked the question, is this article too short? I had a response that some people would like to learn more. So, this is the ‘more.’
Procrastination happens to all of us at some point in our lives. But if you notice it starting to become a habit you may want to take care! Habitually putting things off can lead to depression, job loss, frustration, low self-esteem, and even dementia.
If you think you have a problem with procrastination, here is a free test you can take. It’ll ask for $6.95 for the full report but you can still get a general score for free. (I have no affiliation with psychology today or the test)
Why do we procrastinate?
There are quite a few reasons we do it.
- The project is something you don’t like
- You have a fear of failure
- You can only work if you feel inspired
- You’re depressed
- You have OCD or ADHD
- You’re not sure what needs to be done
- You don’t know how to do what needs to be done
- You forgot about it
- You’d rather play or the job is boring
- You don’t care about the project/it’s not important to you
Do any of those hit home for you?
One problem is, while some countries think in the longterm, Americans tend to think in the short-term. We tend to put off unpleasant chores because we want instant gratification. We care more about our current ‘self’ as opposed to our ‘future’ self.
Putting things off can affect your relationships and even your job.
What are the solutions to your time-management issues?
Try rethinking the situation. What do you want for your ‘future’ self? And how do you make that happen? Think about your goals and your dreams, and how to make those come true.
Have you ever set the GPS for a road trip and the ETA reads 2:04? You think 2:03 would be better and try to make that happen. Even better yet if you can get it to 2:00! It’s a little game a lot of us play with ourselves as a way to entertain us during a long drive.
Find a game you can play with your project. If it’s a writing project, set a timer and give yourself so many minutes to write the next paragraph. Maybe it’s physical training. Set a timer for how many reps you do and then try to beat your time, or hold the bar up longer.
Breakdown the project into bite-size pieces and check them off in bright green as you complete them one by one.
Make happiness your number one priority. How will you feel once the job is done? Happy? Relieved?
Think about what you want from life and write down how to achieve it.
Sit down and work for only 15 minutes. After the 15 minutes, see if you still need a break or if you can go for another 15.
When you make a list of what you need to do, write each step down that needs to be taken. Then take the baby-steps toward success… and don’t forget to check each one off 🙂
Promise yourself a healthy reward when you finish the job.
Recognize the warning signs of being distracted. Catch your thoughts when they start to stray and refocus your mind.
If you put things off because it’s hard then ask for help.
Say no to distractions. That includes friends calling or checking your email.
Get clear on your priorities!
Now take a deep breath, think about how you’ll feel when the job is finished, and go work at it for just 15 minutes.
YOU GOT THIS!
(and don’t forget to read the first article)