At some point or another in our lives, we all procrastinate. There’s no shame in this. However, there are those who do it regularly and this usually poses a problem as it can not only affect the person who procrastinates; it can also affect their work as well as their personal relationships. There is a simple way to correct this but in order to learn how to stop procrastination, you have to learn what causes it.
What Causes Procrastination?
The most common and obvious reason people procrastinate is because they convince themselves they can complete a task at a later time without any problem whatsoever. The problem with this way of thinking is these people almost always finish their tasks at the last minute, if they’re lucky!
Another reason people procrastinate is out of fear. Many people push things off due to fear of being successful or fear of failure. Some are afraid to complete a task because they become to anal about making sure they complete a task to perfection while others are scared to fail due to insecurities or the belief they don’t possess the skills to accomplish certain tasks. Of course, some people have the habit of putting things off because they’re simply lazy.
How to Stop Procrastinating
The easiest way to stop procrastinating is to make a plan and prioritize your tasks. I find if I use a daily planner and list the things I need to accomplish on a certain day, I can easily perform them and check off each one on my list. If I don’t write them down I tend to forget or even procrastinate by telling myself I can easily do it tomorrow. When the next day arrives I usually complete the task at hand but I feel guilty about knowing I could have completed the task yesterday.
It’s also a good idea to start with your most difficult task first then proceed to the next few tasks which are easier to perform. Make sure the tasks that you have to complete on a certain day are realistic and easily attainable. If it helps, you can space out these tasks over a few days to make certain you can reach those goals.
So, to recap, here’s how to stop procrastination; be organized and write down your daily tasks while making sure they are reasonably achievable for that day. Then, simply get each one done and check them off on your list. If you fail to complete a task on that date, write it down for tomorrow and make sure you complete that one first. Say goodbye to procrastination!