It’s human nature to procrastinate sometimes, but when you begin to do it chronically it can become a serious problem. And with the rise of technology and the hectic nature of the world today throwing more and more distractions at us every day, the number of people who are setting themselves back through procrastination is growing.
But there is a solution. It’s not easy to change behaviors like chronic procrastination, and the first step is simply identifying and admitting that a problem exists. After this step, you can start working towards overcoming it. With that in mind, it’s worth identifying some of the common causes that people procrastinate and looking for a solution. Here are some examples.
- Feeling Overwhelmed – Do you feel overburdened by the sheer number of things you need to accomplish, or by a massive undertaking that is complex and daunting? Often, this triggers a cycle of postponing the work instead of actually getting started. To correct the issue, break up your task list into smaller pieces that are more easily manageable. This helps you approach things at a more manageable pace.
- Distaste in the Task at Hand – Sometimes, we all get faced with a task we can’t stand to face. Everyone has tasks they hate to do, and that hate can make it harder to complete or even begin work. Rewards can help here. Give yourself a reward for completion of the task – a beer, a trip out with friends, or anything else to treat yourself.
- Fatigue – Do you know when you’re at your best and when you’re tired? Identify the times of day that you feel the most efficient and focus on complex or difficult tasks during those peak hours. That way you get more work done more effectively.
- No Deadline – If there isn’t’ pressure to get something done, it’s harder for some people to motivate themselves. Create false deadlines for each project if you need to and stick with them. It can help immensely.
Keep these tips in mind and you’ll notice that you’re more able to overcome procrastination when it occurs.