Updated: Aug 24, 2021
Procrastination and tips to overcome it.
Procrastination is the act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute, or past a deadline.
No matter how well-organised and committed you are, chances are that you have found yourself squandering away hours on trivial things such as social media, scrolling and scrolling, watching TV and online shopping, when that time should have been spent doing work or school related projects.
Procrastination is a common tendency that most people give into from time to time, however putting off a work project or avoiding household chores can have an impact on your life.
We often believe that projects won’t take as long to finish as they really will and we lull ourselves into a false sense of security, believing we have plenty of time to complete it, then panic and freak out when we realise, we were wrong!
Here are a few different things you can do to overcome procrastination and start getting things done on time:
1. Make a to-do list:
Consider putting a date and time beside each task to keep you on track.
2. Take small steps:
Break down the items on your list into small manageable steps so that your list dosen’t seem so overwhelming.
3. Recognise the distracting thoughts:
Pay attention to thoughts of procrastination and resist the urge to listen to them, set a timer and work for a short while on your project. Ask yourself what distracts you most, social media or TV and turn them off.
4. Reward yourself:
When you tick off an item on your to-do list on time, reward yourself!
When people procrastinate, their present self benefits by avoiding what they don’t want to do, but their future self pays the price in stress. So consider your future self when putting off tasks!
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