You’ve probably seen the humorous shirt that says, “Procrastinators unite…tomorrow.” Procrastination can hit anyone, from the young student who needs to do that homework, to the adult who needs to pay the next bill. It takes a bit of commitment to overcome it, but it doesn’t have to be hard for anyone.
What a lot of people need to understand about procrastination is that it is not the same thing as laziness. The dictionary description of laziness is indolence, while procrastination is defined by intention. Procrastination is actively putting off the “doing of something that should be done,” so by procrastinating, you are still doing something. It’s just that for some reason, you are delaying the biggest task you need to accomplish.
Here are some tips for that next time you feel tempted to procrastinate:
1. You Have to Accept That You Are Not Perfect
Some people might procrastinate because they are waiting for something, like a sign that the time is right, or ideal conditions as trivial as the weather. But we have to remember that perfection is not the rule and most likely can never be attained. You have to take back control by telling yourself that you can do this, and you can do this now.
2. You Need to Motivate Yourself
It is easier to inspire people into action when they can see a concrete positive consequence at the end of that journey. Rewarding yourself is as simple as preparing a nice meal that you can look forward to after doing your work. It could even be as exciting as taking an actual vacation once all is said and done.
3. You Need to List Down The Things That You Need to Do
When we are able to see the bigger picture, this makes us see from a better perspective. A lot of people tend to procrastinate because they are overwhelmed by the enormity of tasks that they end up only imagining. This doesn’t need to happen if you are aware of the things that need to be completed. The manner of listing down can mentally prepare you and might even jog your mind into planning.
4. You Have to Set Reminders
It is part and parcel of being an adult to be responsible, and this means no skipping out just because you forgot! But as we have mentioned, nobody is perfect, and we are bound to forget a thing or two from time to time.
We can avoid this by having someone give us a friendly reminder every so often. And if no one is available, we can look for our own appointment reminder solutions. It’s time to take advantage of technology!
The best way to overcome procrastination is by remembering that there is nothing like the feeling you get when you finish something big. That mere sense of accomplishment can be the reward in and of itself.
Regardless, there is no one who is immune to procrastination and you never know when it’s going to hit you next. We must forgive ourselves when this happens and keep in mind that it is just part of everybody’s journey.