You find the task unpleasant. You are nervous to move on to the next step. You can’t decide. Or you are just not motivated.
Admit it, sometimes you can’t or won’t start doing a task until the last minute. You tell yourself you work better under pressure! Procrastination is a habit that is hard to break. Not only can this affect your work in a negative way, it can also impact on your personal life. Procrastination results in people working longer hours, missing deadlines and losing potential opportunities. More than that, when you finally do the tasks you have postponed, you often feel overwhelmed with stress and guilt for not managing your time better.
Putting tasks off is human nature, but procrastinating hampers your performance and will lead to frustration and poor productivity. Here are three things you can do to overcome it:
FIND OUT THE REASON YOU KEEP POSTPONING TASKS.
Every time you put off doing something, ask yourself why you put it off. If you identify the cause, you might be able to avoid repeating the same mistake again and again.
SET STRICT BUT ACHIEVABLE DEADLINES.
If you have a huge task to complete, break it into smaller tasks and set deadlines for each of them. Putting off some tasks is inevitable, but make sure you reschedule the tasks. Don’t postpone anything without clearly establishing when you will get back it.
REWARD YOURSELF ALONG THE WAY.
Each time you reach a milestone reward yourself so that you have the incentive to keep going until the job is done.
We all stand a good chance of conquering procrastination, we just need to pinpoint why we are doing it and take the necessary steps to eliminate this behaviour.
Your commitment to better time management takes some effort, but this effort will prove well worth it when your productivity and satisfaction improves as a result.