I feel very uncomfortable writing about procrastination because I haven’t figured out how to overcome it yet.
There are a number of habits that cause me procrastination. Things, like using my phone too much and watching tv, are common causes of procrastination.
As much as we try to find the solution to procrastination, I can say at this point if you aren’t committed enough to what you are doing then you will always find a way to procrastinate.
Eric Thomas once said there is no such thing as procrastination, the task was just not important enough to you.
So if you find yourself procrastinating a lot, ask yourself if this is really what you want. if it is, then keep reading to find the habits that cause you to procrastinate so you can finally break them.
The number of guides out on the web about defeating procrastination can be overwhelming. If you’re a chronic procrastinator, they most likely haven’t helped you overcome it.
We often look for ways to fix the things we do instead of focusing on the things we should stop doing in order to succeed.
1. Using Guilt & Stress as Motivation
Guilt is a bad motivator. If it’s your main source of motivation then you’re most likely always stressed out about the task. Action taken from too much guilt most of the time doesn’t last because you won’t enjoy what you are doing.
For the longest time, I used guilt for motivation simply because it was easier that way. I could guilt trip myself about how I will end up becoming a failure in life if I don’t study, but I soon realized how much stress this was causing me.
This type of motivation doesn’t work on everything. Things like blogging are not mandatory, I could get through life without ever writing again and this is why guilt tripping myself won’t work in that situation.
If there are no consequences to your actions then you don’t have to take action, which is why you should try not to motivate yourself this way.
2. Relying on Motivation To Get The Job Done
Motivation is amazing. It makes you feel like you can take save the world if you simply start studying for that quiz. But as amazing as it is, relying on it would just be setting yourself up for failure.
Motivation won’t just strike out of nowhere, you have to go get it somewhere. Whether it be motivational quotes or watching multiple videos of Eric Thomas, you have to seek for it. This too is another form of procrastination.
Discipline is what we all need and most if the time we don’t think it’s necessary. I believe more people want to be more motivated than to be more disciplined. Being disciplined is doing it when you don’t feel like it.
Related read: 5 Effective Ways to gain self-discipline
3. Scheduling It For ‘Tomorrow’
We do this to make ourselves feel better about procrastinating. We make ourselves believe that starting on a fresh day is best because we will be feeling energized and inspired but it usually ends up with ‘tomorrow’ never coming because you keep telling yourself the same thing every day.
Instead of ‘tomorrow’, try starting the task and only committing for 5 minutes. If you still haven’t gained the momentum after that time period, then you can stop.
Since usually, the hardest thing is to start, this is the trick that usually works. I always tell myself I will only write 200 words and stop, but when it’s flowing and you’ve got the momentum going, stopping won’t seem so appealing anymore.
4. Thinking You Work Well Under Pressure
It’s funny that there are actually people who think this is a good reason to be lazy. Our brains can be so deceiving. Just because you chose to not study and pulled two all nighters and still got an A doesn’t mean it’s a good idea.
Being put under pressure is never fun. It’s like having weight on your shoulders and the only way to get rid of it at that moment is to quit.
Yes, some people can get good results even if they do it at the last minute. But I bet you doing a little bit every day with no stress is better than not sleeping for two days and compromising your health.
5. Thinking About The Obligation Instead Of The Opportunity
This is hard not to do especially you’re a student and the only reward you will be getting is an A on your results. If you think about how horrible that study session is going to be, you’re most likely going to keep watching Game Of Thrones and trying to forget about all your responsibilities.
After a few hours, you’ll feel guilty and start stressing out (back to no.1). But if you think about how amazing it will or to get those straight A’s or get that promotion, getting started will be easier.
Thinking about the opportunity is a form of motivation that will never run out. We all have goals and desires and most likely know which path to take to reach them.
If you have a problem of running out of motivation, you need to start writing your goals down and keeping track of that list (it can be useful in the dry motivation season).
For some of us, overcoming procrastination is a work in progress but I believe one day we will crack the code and be able to become more productive.
At this point, the only thing that works is having self-discipline so that you can work even if you feel like procrastinating.
QUESTION: Have you managed to overcome procrastination yet?