Sometimes we do multitasking and so find yourself struggling to finish your job, projects, tasks and move on to other stuff without finishing the first one. You’re certainly not alone. There are lots of people who are multitasking their tasks like you. There are studies that show over 20 percent of the adult population avoid doing specific tasks and allowing themselves to be overtaken by some distractions.
What about the rest of the population? Do they procrastinate or What do they do to prevent procrastination?
In this bite size knowledge, I am going to explain this whole scenario to you that why procrastination is so difficult to beat and how you can stop procrastinating by following a step-by-step guide. But first, you need to understand that what is procrastination and how it happens.
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What is procrastination?
Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished immediately. Procrastination takes place until the “last minute” before a deadline of the ongoing task.
Procrastination can take hold in your life. Procrastination can be very harmful because it may let you feel guilty about the on hold task, depression of not competing with the undergoing situation and a doubtful life cycle.
Definition of procrastination
Procrastination is to intentionally but uncontrolled delay in the ongoing course of action despite expecting to be worse off for this unexpected delay.
Why is it difficult to stop procrastination?
Do you know that we as human beings have limited self-control than fully controlling other senses? Just like our body muscles, the self-control in humans is not controlled fully and can become exhausted. We mostly try to choose more pleasurable tasks first even it is not finished the ongoing task – the immediate procrastinated tasks instead of the actual works we started on priority.
In other words, procrastination is an avoidance strategy that may feel your guilt. The procrastinator chooses to do something else instead of doing the ongoing task because it’s much easier or gives more pleasure than the actual task.
In short, procrastination is very difficult to defeat. Do you know why? Because procrastination is a battle with self or against the inborn weakness of humanity.
How to stop procrastination?
However, procrastination is an inborn weakness in humans but it is not impossible to stop. Here is a step-by-step guide to stop procrastination.
A step-by-step guide to stop procrastination
The first most urgent step to stop procrastination is the stick on the schedule. And the second urgent step is to follow your to-do-list as it is written not zig-zag. For example, if you are following your to-do-list from top to bottom then stick on that. But if you are following your to-do-list from bottom to top then too stick on that. Never try to jump from the first task to second and from second to fifth without completing your first four tasks of the to-to-list.
Types of a procrastinator
There are five distinct “procrastinator personalities”. Understanding which one you are the first key to stopping procrastination:
- The last moment thinker
- The one who knows everything
- The one who avoids struggle to prevent mistakes
- The daydreamer who compare real life with dreams
- The one who always feel busyness without prioritizing tasks
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Never Afraid instead face your procrastinator type.
- It is fear of failure or overwhelming emotions or avoidance or convincing yourself that you’re too busy to get this task done which you are working on. Do you know that this habit of avoidance can improve your ability to be productive by eliminating your procrastination types?
- The last moment thinker should start thinking about the task you started first before it is too late to finish.
- The one who knows everything actually doesn’t know how to complete the task. This type of procrastinators should seek help before or while doing the task.
- The one who avoids struggling to prevent mistakes but this is a wrong mentality because if you do not do mistakes then you will learn only one thing and you will no longer able to tell others about the consequences of doing the wrong task. I am not saying that you should do wrong first but do not avoid struggle to prevent mistakes.
- The daydreamer who compares real life with dreams is a type of procrastinator that often lives in imagination but in real life to totally different than the imaginative life.
The one who always feels busyness without prioritizing tasks will soon become another procrastinator because when the time is up, he will leave his uncompleted task and surely will feel guilty of not doing that task. So, always prioritize your tasks and for this make a to-do and not-to-do list each day.
Plan break schedules while creating a to-do-list
The human brain is a natural machine with the inbuilt ingredient to charge it whenever it is required with the help of some un-natural or artificial ingredients. It is not designed to work continuously and this could be a reason for procrastination.
It is advisable to take breaks at regular intervals so that you can come back with refreshed mood and ready to be more productive than continuing doing the same task.
You can achieve this with the help of an app and I recommend you to use the Pomodoro Time Tracker. I am using this and it is a great tool to help you take breaks at set intervals. Simply start the 25-minute timer, and follow the prompts.
Always try to record your time spent on different tasks with the output of each task. If you are stick to your schedule and also creating to-do-list, I bet that you will break the cycle of procrastination.