3 Reasons We Procrastinate
2 Tips to Overcome Procrastination
by Dom Tisher
We all put things off sometimes, but procrastinators chronically avoid difficult tasks and may deliberately look for distractions. Habitual procrastinators, who represent approximately 20 percent of the population often times end up in a downward spiral of negative emotions that further deter future effort. (https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/procrastination)
One might think that procrastinators are lazy or just un interested in doing something, but that’s true. Some procrastinators tend to be perfectionists and hesitate doing something because they feel it would be better to never do something than to do it poorly.
Other procrastinators say they work or perform better under pressure, but in reality it’s not that they work better under pressure but they rather prefer doing the work at the last minute to have the rush of euphoria that comes with overcoming the odds.
Do you procrastinate?
Let's call a spade a spade why don’t we. Yes you do. I do more than I’d like to admit. In order to become better we need to acknowledge that there is a problem or that we do something.
The goal is to overcome the tendency to procrastinate to ensure we do not become a chronic procrastinator.
Why do we procrastinate?
There are 3 main reasons we procrastinate. *Do not get defensive when you read them!
- Low self-confidence/Anxiety - We become anxious that we may not be good enough to accomplish the task at hand or that we may fail.
- Lack of motivation – We just don’t feel like it’s that important or seem to be unpleasant and we can’t motivate our self to do what we know needs to be done
- Fixated on the negative – Our thoughts become negative, we second guess our knowledge, we imagine the worst, we make up things that could happen rather than focusing on the positive. Negativity feeds negativity.
Does Procrastinating serve a purpose?
No! In the short term when people procrastinate they will validate their decision and justify why not doing what needed or could have been done was the right thing (making excuses).
By doing this we will pay the price for it later and the price is often steep.
2 Tips to Making Tasks More Achievable
Making your tasks more achievable is important for two reasons.
1. Small steps of progress help to maintain and gain momentum over the long-run, which means you’re more likely to finish large tasks and often times finish them faster. ( develop a plan and establish a task list that allows you to do things in smaller increments. When you do this the task doesn’t seem as scary and it prevents you from self-doubt, which leads to self-sabotaging activities and thoughts)
2. Complete a productive task early in the day. By doing this your day will develop an attitude of productivity, effectiveness, and accomplishment.
I’ve found that when I accomplish a task early in the day (usually super early 5-6am) I have a more productive day.
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