Procrastination is an easy bad habits to fall into. Whether you procrastinate irritating errands, household tasks or important work projects; the tendency to put them off inevitably increases stress and suffocates productivity.
is procrastination really hurting you?
Procrastination occurs when we perceive a task or project as uncomfortable or overwhelming. Often the people who struggle most intensely with procrastination are those with the biggest ideas. You may have the talent, charisma and intelligence to achieve great things. However, you look at the sea of tasks it will take to accomplish your goal and remain frozen in inaction. Essentially, procrastination is a feeling, It's an emotional response to the task list in front of us.
When you give in to the desire you procrastinate you are sabotaging yourself. Not only will you inevitably face stress and sleep loss, you also won't be able to produce your best work. Perhaps you feel that you work well under the pressure of a last minute time crunch, but imagine if the bulk of a project was already complete and that energy could be channeled into perfecting it. Additionally, sleep loss and stress take a toll on every area of life. Save yourself the negative effects of procrastination and start building habits to finish your to-do list before time is running short.
how to break your habit of procrastination
Emotions are fickle, but they tell us something important about our current experience. When you find yourself stressing over a task then stop, recognize it as nothing more than a feeling, and ask yourself why the job is so distasteful. Perhaps you feel that it will be tedious and time consuming or that you are inadequate to complete it appropriately. You are likely believing things that aren't entirely true. Shut down the negative thoughts, speak truth to yourself and move forward.
The easiest way to stop procrastinating is to break an overwhelming or distasteful project down into smaller steps and focus on one thing at a time. Maybe the first step is as simple as writing down a to-do list and plugging each job into a specific time slot in your calendar. If everything is scheduled out then it's much easier to combat stress by working on one thing at a time. Avoid thinking ahead to the next hour or two of your day. Focus all of your energy on what is required of you in the moment.
Procrastination is a vicious habit to break. If you're tempted to procrastinate it a little longer then get started by picking out a day planner that you love! Every task is improved by a new notebook and a quality pen.