Different methods and constant new research being done on subjects related to procrastination, laziness, productivity, time motion and so much more. This is because time is a finite asset and society is continuously finding ways to maximize the time that is given to us taking in account unproductive time wasted on lying around, scrolling social media and other delaying tactics done by mere mortals to avoid or delay needed tasks. Procrastination is not a hopeless problem, and there are numerous strategies to win against procrastination.
The night before, take a few minutes to list out the things you will do for tomorrow.
Allot a time to write down or list down your to-do tasks for the following day. Some still rely on listing down on a piece of paper, but for many of us, it involves inputting functions in our mobile phones or gadgets. Also, there are added features in noting schedules through the phone like having reminders and alarms. By recording your to-do lists, you can reflect or browse through previous listings to see which tasks you are delaying and if you accomplished your tasks after how many days. As Marjie L. Roddick, MA, NCC, LMHC explains the process, “When you challenge yourself to learn a new skill, you are building your intellectual health. People who pay attention to their intellectual wellness often find that they have better concentration, improved memory, and better critical thinking skills.”
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Examine the list and check if there is one thing you can do right now.
While organized people appreciate lists, notes, reminders, etc., others find it annoying and limiting in a sense. For them, it also creates an environment of anxiety and urgency. One can so focus on finishing the lists and doing everything by the end of the day. Due to the stress associated with the lists, it is recommended by experts to at least address one item on your list upon writing it. It is best to remember that the list is there to help you become productive in your daily lives. The list shouldn’t control the individual.
Break down big tasks or goals into manageable small tasks.
“Some stress on a person is a normal part of everyday life. This ‘good stress’ called ‘eustress’ can help propel you forward and motivate you to achieve goals.” Aarti Gupta, PsyD, a clinical director said. However, taking on a huge goal with an unrealistic timeline is unachievable for someone with no superpowers. Understand your limitations which including identification of down hours as well as your energy spikes. By being aware of these scenarios, you can appropriately schedule the most difficult tasks during periods of full energy and more relaxed tasks during the “sleepy” hours. It is best to address complex goals into a specific action plan suitable for that particular day only. Attack the situation phases by phases rather than the whole thing all at once to avoid burnout.
Quit trying to achieve perfection.
Don’t work so hard to finish the list flawlessly day after day. There would be times that you will miss something from your list. Don’t take it too hard on yourself. Let it go. You can just continue with the list tomorrow. Also, when setting time element in your inventory, always give ample time and create alternative options when something comes up.
Sometimes, procrastination is partly due to fear. Fear of doing something or face something makes us creative in making up excuses. “Fear, or getting scared, is an emotion that’s part of our biology as human beings, just like other emotions such as sadness, joy and anger. It serves a purpose that’s crucial to our ability to survive,” says Steve Orma, PsyD, a clinical psychologist. Challenge yourself to face fear every day. This will turn fear into some game. You will thankful in the future because inaction can be costly.