Stop Procrastinating: Just Do It Now!

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“While we waste our time hesitating and postponing, life is slipping away.”’ – Seneca

Procrastination is an act of unnecessarily postponing or delaying a task or set of tasks. Not surprisingly, people have been putting off things since the dawn of time. This habit is actually one of the main barriers which hinder you from making informed decisions or achieving the targets.

The reason we put off the things or postpone tasks varies from person to person. Whatever the reason may be, this habit has a far more detrimental impact than you may realize. The negative common effects of procrastination include wastage of time, opportunities, inability to achieve goals, poor decision making, to name a few.

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Why do we procrastinate?

  • Lack of self-discipline
  • Fear of failure or making mistakes
  • The complexity of the task
  • Monotonous tasks
  • Excessive Perfectionism
  • Inability to start
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Unclear Deadlines
  • Bias against a particular task
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Impulsiveness
  • Getting overwhelmed
  • Insufficient Skills
  • Resentment
  • Unrealistic Expectations
  • Neglecting the value of time
  • Task Aversion
  • Lack of Synergy
  • Mental Exhaustion
  • Vague Goals
  • Indecisiveness
How to stop procrastinating: Practical Ways & Strategies
  • Break down a big project into little manageable parts, that is also known as chunking
  • Face the fear of failure
  • Make a to-do-list with all your tasks; put the dates next to each item too
  • Change your environment or optimize it
  • Specify deadlines for each single task
  • Prioritize the tasks
  • Get rid of distractions or at least minimize them like turning off the notifications of your phone
  • Give yourself incentives
  • Stay motivated
  • Be Realistic
  • Get to know the reasons why you are procrastinating
  • Promise yourself a reward for your efforts once you complete a task
  • Get organized
  • Don’t feel overwhelmed; take one step at a time
  • Take a break and go for a walk or take a nap
  • Develop good habits
  • Become more self-aware
  • Embrace imperfections
  • Ask your friend to help you get started

So look at the big picture as procrastination has many dimensions.  Manage your invaluable time properly by setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic & Time-Bound) goals and meticulous planning before it gets too late!

“Procrastination is like a credit card: it’s a lot of fun until you get the bill.” –Christopher Parker

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