5 Tips to help with Procrastination

Do you find yourself scrolling through social media when in your heart you know you could be doing something else? 

What about those yucky tasks you hate, maybe going to the dentist, or making a phone call to follow up on something, do you put them off too? 

And heaven forbid if you have to choose between two things.  Do you vacillate between both and eventually miss out on the opportunity because you couldn’t make your mind up? 

It sounds like you could be a procrastinator, and if you are, you are in good company, I can be one too!

While there are some similarities, procrastination looks different for everyone. There are different triggers for procrastination, and we can have our own way of avoiding things, but the bottom line is, it is all about NOT doing something.

If you have decided that you want to push aside your procrastination barrier, here are a few simple tips to get you started:

1. Recognise it...

The first step is to recognise you are procrastinating. Sometimes you may not even be aware until you stop and take notice of what is happening. A good indicator is that you have had something on your radar for weeks, the clock is ticking, and you haven’t made a move towards doing it. Ask yourself, how often are you leaving things to the last minute? How many of these are really important to you? Once you have identified that you are part of the procrastination club, acknowledge it, name it, and don’t judge it.

2. Reflect on what drives it...

There are many reasons why people procrastinate. Some of them are poor planning, fear of failure, poor time management, lack of motivation or confidence, and perfectionism. Are any of these resonating with you? My hand is up on perfectionism, and not wanting to fail, I often like to get it right, and so sometimes I just don’t start. You can’t fail if you don’t start. WRONG! By not starting I’m not achieving what I want to do.

Also, be aware that there are some conditions that will impact whether you procrastinate, they include depression OCD and ADHD.

3. Don't judge yourself...

When you recognise what is happening, it needs to come with no judgement. Sounds easy, however like most human beings you may find your inner critic kicking in and the blame game beginning. One of the most important steps to getting out of the procrastination corner is to remember there is no blame, it just is, and silence your inner critic.

4. Schedule...

Scheduling can assist some procrastinators. Add due dates to your diary and plan. If it’s a big task, can you break it into smaller chunks? If reminders help you, can you also add them to your digital device? 

5. Reward yourself...

Remember to celebrate when you have achieved something. If you watch your favourite TV show and realise when you are finished that you still haven’t don’t what you need to do, try something new. Do what you need to do first and then reward yourself for finishing by taking some time out to watch an episode of your favourite show. Maybe you could take a nap, or read a book, rewards don’t have to be huge. It’s a bit like eating the veggies you don’t like, before rewarding yourself by eating your favourite foods.

If at the end of the day, you are finding it difficult to break free of your procrastination and it is really impacting how you are functioning in life, reach out and find out who can help. Depending on what is causing it, there are a number of different people who can assist including doctors, psychologists and coaches.

What makes you procrastinate and is it time that you break through the procrastination barrier?

5 Tips to help with Procrastination
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