Many of us procrastinate till the last minute to complete our work despite knowing that we could have completed it earlier. Procrastination leads to stress, embarrassment, sleep deprivation and inefficiency in work. Despite this we always push your work to the last possible minute. So, why do we do this? The reason for this is because once we get into to the habit of starting our work late and still completing it on time, it will hard to get rid of this habit.
Procrastinators usually make the mistake of failing to schedule and to plan their work beforehand. They end of researching for endless hours and write endless drafts all the while feeling that their work is not good enough.
However, small changes in your attitude can easily help you to break the habit of procrastination. So, let’s look at what changes can you adopt instead of regretting on the wasted time and always have enough time to complete your work.
- Changing your environment, even something minor such as the lighting, seat height, or temperature can improve your chances of moving into productive action.
- Stop thinking about what others might think of your work. Just focus on completing your work first without any thought of disapproval or judgment from other people. This will help you to start working and stop overthinking.
- Prepare a work schedule or plan and set limits on the task and the time to be spent on it. Having a work schedule with time allocations and knowledge of the next step, will help to start getting the work done on schedule.
- Visualize all the positive aspects of completing the work on time such as no sleep deprivation and no stress of pulling an all-nighter just to complete your work. This will motivate you to start your work on time.
- Sharing your plans and work schedule with someone and making a commitment to them about following the schedule will give you the motivation to boost the productivity.
- When following your plan, do not get stuck on one part of the plan for a long period of time. When you focus too much on one part of the plan, you lose your focus on the next one.
- Sometimes you might lose track on the work that needs to be done due to many things that might be going through your mind. In such a case, you need to increase your focus by reminding yourself of the importance of the work figuring out how to get the work done on time and preparing a work schedule. Figure out how to hone in on what needs to get done.
- Do not keep high expectations from your work. Having a unreasonably high expectation from your work will lead to your dissatisfaction with your work multiple times. This will eventually end up demotivating you from actually getting the work done.
- When you get stuck on your work, ask the opinion of someone else instead of leaving your work. Getting someone else’s perspective will help you to get new ideas and get the solution to the problem you are facing.
- Having set a time also helps you stay focused on your work and no get sidetracked. When you’ve prepared yourself to work in the set time, you’ll be more motivated to be productive.
- Most of the time we procrastinate because we worry about we’ll do on the speech, essay or report. Focusing on the quality of the work over the end result will help you to be more focused on the work. You have to let go of your feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment.
By following these simple techniques, you can break through the vicious cycle of procrastination that you are trapped in. These changes are simple but pretty effective and you can try out any of these to see a change.