Our procrastination can make us feel like we've wasted our time and make work tasks seem never-ending because we're never focused enough to finish them.
Whenever we try to scale a seemingly simple task, the mountain grows and grows and grows.
Due to procrastination, I have struggled many times over the course of my life. As a natural tendency, I disregard things that seem to be too low-stakes/simple to work; however, it is important to realize that things do not need to be complex to work.
Let's be honest: consuming content to procrastinate doesn't equal being constructive in any way.
If you think reading this will make you productive, you are wrong UNLESS you practice something you've read
5 Ways that helped me break the Cycle of Procrastination:
1. Think about your "why."
People who procrastinate tend to focus more on short-term gains (distress from avoiding the task), rather than long-term effects (stress from not doing it, as well as other negative outcomes). Think instead about why you are doing this task: how does completing it benefit you?
If you are avoiding your exercise program, look at how it will give you more positive energy, boost your confidence, and make you a good example for everyone.
2. Set realistic goals.
Establish a schedule that will help you succeed. Make sure to allow extra time for projects because they usually take much longer than expected. Take steps to ease yourself into it. If, for instance, you are not a morning person, you may not be able to get up early to begin the exercise program you have been putting off for months. Perhaps plan that activity during lunch or before dinner.
3. Acknowledge good behavior.
Establish an incentive that rewards your effort if and when you achieve your goal. Wait until you've completed your schedule before binge-watching Netflix, checking social media, or having lunch. Rather than procrastinating by using these tasks and distractions, make them dependent on you actually completing the tasks you schedule.
4. Get rid of your perfectionism.
A perfectionist views things either as perfect or as failures. It is common for perfectionists to wait until things are perfect before proceeding; otherwise, they cannot finish their work. Alternatively, if the right time isn't there, you feel that it's impossible to start. If you think all-or-nothing, you'll never start or finish anything.
Strive to be better, not perfect. To do this, you still strive for excellence, create excellence, or set yourself up with excellent conditions, but you also focus on getting the job done. It's better to get it done than perfect.
5. Stop making excuses.
Are any of these familiar to you? The mood needs to be right.” "I'll wait until the time is right.” "I work better under pressure.” "I need X before I start.”
There's no point in giving yourself excuses. It might be nice to "be in the mood," but waiting for that to happen may prevent you from starting your project.
I want to conclude by saying this quote
“If you improve yourself 1% a day what would be the result of it after 1 year?”
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