It’s Monday again and the season of love is around the corner or should I say it’s here already. Today’s topic is rather sensitive or is it not? Well without further ado, let’s get right to it!
What is procrastination?
While the Oxford dictionary defines it as the act of delaying or postponing something, Wikipedia defines it as the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be completed.
Why do we procrastinate?
Before tackling procrastination we first need to understand why we procrastinate.
1. When you find a task boring or unpleasant, procrastination kicks in.
2. Poor organisation: when there’s no prioritised to-do list or effective schedule, we begin to procrastinate.
3. Fear of failure: even organised people have a lot of work on their shoulders and they begin to question their ability and become worried about failing.
How to overcome procrastination:
1. Write down your goal and give yourself a deadline: waiting for “the right mood” or the “right time” won’t help. Write down important goals, a goal without a deadline will be easily put off.
2. Break your goal into small pieces: the bigger the goal, the more quickly it’ll overwhelm you. So try as much as possible to break them into manageable sizes.
3. Overcome fear: fear is a powerful tool that keeps us mired in excuses. Be brave and honest with yourself.
4. Reward progress: there’s this saying that “reward begets repetition”. Set a reward for every little progress along the way. It could be a treat for yourself or fun activities with friends and family.
Have you ever procrastinated? How did you overcome it? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comment section…..