Procrastination is a very serious issue for some people. Indeed, there are days when I don’t feel like getting work done, and I procrastinate. We all have those days, but for some of us, procrastination is a chronic problem — something that occurs far more often than we would like.
If you procrastinate regularly, it’s a good idea to take steps to overcome it. Putting of something relative unimportant on occasion is one thing; constantly failing to meet your obligations, or putting things off so long that getting them done on time requires a rush and a decrease in quality, is something else altogether.
Procrastination can result in problems with productivity, as well as causing issues in other parts of your life. If you want to overcome procrastination, here are 4 steps you can take:
1. Figure Out Why You Procrastinate
The first step to overcoming any problem or changing any habit is figuring out the why behind it. Why do you procrastinate? Do you feel overwhelmed, and unsure of where to start? Sometimes, when you’re afraid of failure, it’s easier to fail because you didn’t try, rather than because you crashed and burned. Take a look at why you are procrastinating, and then address that issue.
2. Start Small
Take small steps to make improvements. Whether you are working on a big project, or just trying to get to work on time, it’s a good idea to start small. If you feel uncertain about your ability to complete a project, break it down into smaller parts. If you want to change a habit, create a plan, with small steps, that allows you to make small improvements, a little bit at a time. Like paying off your debt, you should create small milestones that allow you to accomplish your goals and find success.
3. Reward Yourself
Set up a system of rewards so that you can measure progress. Many of us like to feel as though we are moving forward. The feeling of being stuck in a rut — and unable to get out — is one of the reasons many people procrastinate. A rewards system can help you feel as though you are moving forward, and give a bit of an emotional boost. When you feel better about your situation, you are more likely to want to continue making improvements. As you work toward, and achieve various goals, you will be more likely to continue in your efforts.
4. Set Up a System of Accountability
It’s important to have a measure of accountability as well. One way to motivate yourself to get the job done is to make a public posting. This can be especially effective if you care about what others think about you. At the very least, surround yourself with friends and relatives who are willing to support you. You can let them know your plans and they can help you stay on track. As you create your plan, and work on your projects, report to someone about your progress.
Follow these steps, and you will increase your chances of overcoming procrastination. It’s okay to take a day off every now and again, but you don’t want procrastination to become a habit. Overcome it, and accomplish more.