Procrastination is a challenging situation that all have faced at one point or another.
In simple words, it is the habit of delaying an important task, usually by focusing on less urgent, more enjoyable, and easier activities instead.
Although, we don’t actually enjoy procrastinating or dilly dallying, the inertia to resist and do the task at hand is very strong. Consequently, it is a notorious time waster. This urge to delay an overwhelming task can be strong, when there are so many distractions around us. I like to call it 'being lazy-minded'.
Sometimes the task requires extra efforts and this situation overwhelms us and we delay unnecessarily. To share my own experience, I had registered for the writing challenge a fortnight before the start date.
But, I found the task of compiling and listing 26 blog posts around a common theme challenging and could not bring myself to start writing. However, once I was able to decide on the theme around which I could speak on 26 different things, I was inspired to write and the flow of thoughts continued effortlessly.
Sometimes, it may be due to poor organisation around us that doing the task seems cumbersome.
Another reason to postpone is subconscious fear of not being able to complete the task successfully.
While you can’t beat it completely, being aware of the cause of procrastination may help you overcome it. Remember, it is not so much of overcoming the physical inertia as much as it is the mental inertia that we struggle to overcome.
I have thought of a few tricks to beat the laziness of my mind, you may try these too.
For physically exhausting or boring tasks, attach a temptation to it. Or combine it to something you enjoy. Like, whenever you want watch your favourite show, you could walk the treadmill then.
Often, we procrastinate, because the returns or the benefit of doing that task is not immediate. Making the consequences immediate help. Promise yourself a treat of your liking after you do the chore.
Get rid of distractions. Switch off the TV or disable the social media notifications while working.
Plan the details of big job and prioritize by urgency.
Make it achievable. If it is a big job, break it into smaller errands, like writing 26 blogs, can be broken into three tasks – deciding a theme, writing the titles/ post topics, and completing one post, including the images, text, any other, at a time. Then either complete one post, including the text and the images, at a time; or prepare the images as per the blog posts first, then start with the writing part.
Divide it the ‘kaizen’ way – into very minute steps till the mind overcomes the fear of change / task.
Use ‘visual cues’. Our mind likes to keep us happy, it blocks out the recall to do undesirable tasks. Put visual cues at appropriate places to remind yourself. Relevant quotes and diet plans on the refrigerator stop from eating unhealthy or breaking the diet.
Creating accountability proves effective where relevant.
Move on past. Even if you have wasted some time in procrastination, leave the guilt and move on.
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