Procrastination is putting off until later what we believe we should do now.
We avoid doing some tasks because taking action will cause us a certain amount of pain.
People procrastinate for different reasons.
Dr Ferrari, associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago -identifies three basic types of procrastinators:
Types of procrastinators
•Arousal types, or thrill-seekers, who wait to the last minute for the euphoric rush.
•Avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of success, but in either case are very concerned with what others think of them; they would rather have others think they lack effort than ability.
•Decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision. Not making a decision absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events.
Read more here : Psychology Today
Understanding the causes of procrastination
Have you ever wondered do people procrastinate?
Some of the most common reasons are :
-Fear of success or failure. Sometimes we’re afraid we’ll fail. Sometimes we’re subconsciously afraid we’ll succeed;
-Task seems to be overwhelming and don’t feel like we have all the resources to get it done;
-Lack of motivation in doing a task is a common reason for procrastination. For example : changing the oil in the car, or doing taxes;
-Lack of focus and fatigue;
-Not knowing where to start and how to do it;
-Lack of interest.
How to beat procrastination- help tips
-Identify your peak hour. We all have a time of day when we are naturally more alert than others. Determine what that time is for you and set appointments to do work that requires concentration during that time window.
–Tell people in advance about your intention on completing a certain task. This way you may feel pressured and pushed to finish that task in time in order to avoid embarrassment
–Write down a smart to-do list every day and start your day with the task you feel more overwhelmed about. This way you get the heavy stuff done first and the rest of the day feels much easier and fun.
–Get motivated : write down a list of goals to accomplish in a week, 6 months, one year, 5 years. Look every day at those goals and think of how procrastination may keep you from reaching those goals.
–Break a big task in few smaller tasks. This way you avoid feeling overwhelmed. Start getting done the small tasks.
-Have fun in doing your task. For example, right now , in writing this article I use a mind map and it’s coloured, and I can drag things around and I can play with my ideas and it’s fun. Writing this article does not seem overwhelming at all.
–Pay for some blocking software. This way you’ll have software keeping you on the track with your tasks. However, keep in mind that anything you install can be overridden/turned off/uninstalled by you. There’s no software substitute for self-discipline.
What are some anti procrastination apps to help you focus and work productively
I like a timer software applications called Focus Booster ( a free desktop and web application). It looks like in the picture below and you can find it here http://www.focusboosterapp.com/
Focus Booster uses ‘The Pomodoro Technique’, a time management method that “uses a timer to break down periods of work into 25-minute intervals (referred to as “pomodoros”) separated by breaks and is based on the idea that frequent breaks can improve mental agilityWhen your break ends, it plays a different notification.
-Another clever little app called it’s called Obtract.- Obtract is a Mac app. It monitors the applications you’re using, and the websites you visit. And if it catches you doing something unproductive, it makes you pay by forcing you to solve a maze in order to ‘buy’ that unproductive time.
6 super- ways to avoid procrastination
Prioritize daily tasks – When you prioritize, you make sure you accomplish the most important tasks first.
Keep a day planner. Lock out the time you need to accomplish a certain task.
Do that ‘have to’ job first, get the worst out of your way first.
Make a list every morning of what you need to accomplish every day.
Reward yourself for accomplishing tasks.
At the end of the day write down what you have accomplished. This can be rewarding on itself . Plus in time you may always look for which ways worked best for you to avoid procrastination.
Question: What are your best techniques for avoiding procrastination? Share in the comments below – tips are always appreciated!