What is Procrastination
Procrastination is an active process of intentionally delaying or postponing something despite knowing that there will be negative consequences for doing so.
The word has its origin from the Latin word ”Procrastinatus”, which itself evolved from the prefix ”Pro’-, meaning “forward,” and ”Crastinus”; means “of tomorrow.
A lot of people confuse Laziness and Procrastination.
In contrast, LAZINESS suggests apathy, inactivity, and an unwillingness to act.
Procrastinators, However, often put off doing things, leave them to the very last moment or sometimes even spend their time staring at the wall. Procrastinators would prefer to take up a more pleasant task than one which is unpleasant.
By giving in to this impulse, one can have serious consequences. For example, even minor episodes of procrastination can make us feel guilty or ashamed.
Hence, it can lead to reduced productivity and cause us to miss out on achieving our goals.
“While we waste our time hesitating and postponing, life is slipping away.”
If we procrastinate over a long period, we can become demotivated and disillusioned with our work. Therefore, this could lead to depression and even loss of job, in extreme cases.
The Key to managing your procrastination is to understand why you Procrastinate in the first place.
Listed below are some reasons why;
- Fear of Failing
- Low self-esteem
- Lack of Time Management
- Lack of study skill
- No Planning & Prioritizing
Know your roadblocks and apply the listed strategies below in overcoming Procrastinating.
- Temptation Bundling: Is a method used by pairing a more gratifying task – or the things you enjoy doing, those guilty pleasures which offer instant gratification – to invoke the willpower to also get all the things you don’t want to do, done.
- Eliminate distraction
- Set Deadlines
- Get organized
- Reward yourself
- Be Accountable
In conclusion, we live in a world where people expect instant gratification and immediate results to their efforts. But it doesn’t always work that way.
Sometimes its best to understand that the best things in the long run requires efforts and persistence.Finally, ”You deserve everything on the other side of fear”
7 Steps to Overcoming Procrastination