My first post was about me and my own struggles with procrastination and putting things on a back burner. Today’s post is about all of us! We all tend to procrastinate. Some of us try to escape from responsibility of completing a task or are afraid of failure, others tends to minimize the amount of work or are just lazy etc. Procrastination is a silent killer of our dreams and personal achievements. I remember when I was a child and my mom always advised me to complete my homework just after school so I wouldn’t have to worry about it later and had a whole afternoon to play. It wasn’t easy to motivate myself to do what she said but most of the time I did it and I didn’t regret it. If we give such good advice to our children, why is it so difficult for us to follow our own rules? We should know better, right? We should realize that things need to be done no matter what and by procrastinating we usually add more to our: “To do list.”
So, why do we procrastinate? Well, believe it or not, there are some common reasons why:
*Lack of meaning
If we don’t believe that what we are doing makes sense, we procrastinate. If we feel that our relationship has no future, we procrastinate. If our boss gives us unrealistic goal to achieve, we procrastinate.
Feeling stressed out is one of the most common reasons why we put things on hold. Avoidance protects us from feeling anxious and shifts our attention to less stressful tasks.
*Lack of confidence
If we don’t believe in ourselves and we set our minds for failure, we are going to procrastinate. Lack of faith in ourselves and our ability to succeed prevents us from achieving many of our personal and professional goals.
*Too many choices
If we have too many options, we don’t know what to chose and what path to take. Everything seems to be equally important and we start to feel lost. In order to avoid the anxiety caused by lack of decisiveness, we procrastinate.
So what should we do to motivate ourselves and to avoid procrastination?
*Develop a visual list of things that need to be done and prioritize their importance
*Pick the best time of the day to complete each task
*Use 5 second rule: count backwards 5- 4- 3- 2- 1 and do what you have to do right away (Based on the book The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins counting backwards breaks the cycle of habits crated in our brain and helps us refocus)
*Praise and reward yourself for completing your achievement. You deserve it because you took the first step to overcome procrastination and you are one step closer to achieve your goals!