Dealing with Procrastination

Put an End to Procrastination

Procrastination is an issue that most everybody deals with, that’s no big surprise to anyone.
I think I’m pretty safe in saying that we are all challenged with it on some level from time to time.
Therefore, it is worth having a look at the issue and discussing how we can combat this productivity killer.

This is especially important for the chronic procrastinators out there, which sits at around 20{cf5d02f31badde63b68d55c0bed56ab5356094abc2057734bc0088249d8536d3} of us.
That’s one in five!

So let’s take a closer look at one of the main causes, shall we, and see what we can do in favour of a more consistent and productive work flow.

Why Do We Procrastinate?

For some, it is a literal cognitive defect where we can’t estimate time very well, so all of a sudden we run out of it.

But for most of us, it is a behavioural issue where we are choosing a more pleasurable task now, in order to put off the less pleasurable task for later.

Basically, we fall victim to our own immediate gratification and lack of discipline.

So what to do about it?

If you want to cure your procrastination, you have to time travel and do battle with your future self, because your future self is the enemy of your best self.

Start by identifying and understanding all the excuses that you’re going to make, all the triggering events that could cause you to slip up, and then try to deal with them ahead of time.

When you project into the future and realize all the ways that you’re going to jeopardize your own success, you can come up with the strategies you need.

For example, I set my alarm far away from my bed so that I have to get up and can’t just hit the snooze bar easily.

Some people make very specific grocery shopping lists and ensure that they eat before they go, so they won’t be tempted to buy the foods they are trying to avoid.

Whatever your triggers are, there will be ways to combat them.
Start first with identifying them and move from there.

Closing Words

We only have so much time in the day and it is far too easy to let it slip through your fingers if you cave into your immediate gratifications.

Discipline yourself in the present so that your future self will enjoy the rewards of your labour, not the fruits of regret.
Until next time!

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