Procrastination – A barrier to success…!!!!

Procrastination is an Art..Yes it is!! Its the art of doing things which are less important instead of doing things which are more important. Like take an example of right now, as you are reading this blog, isn’t there anything that you are supposed to do instead which is more urgent? But now since your are here and I am glad you are reading my blog (Thank you!!), lets talk about how we can get our tasks (both urgent and non-urgent) done on time.

First off, you are not alone. There are many people around the world who procrastinate every minute. I mean no one is perfect. Even super heroes in movies take out time to kiss the girl they like or sneak a glance when they should be rather saving the world and catching the bad guys!! (I wanted to use a real life example but I didn’t want to hurt sentiments of people or communities). But do we want to be one amongst the crowd? Or do we want to stand out? Don’t all of us crave that moment of glory (can be both inward or outward) where you find yourself doing what others haven’t figured out yet? Well, if you do, lets find out how we can deal with this thing called “Procrastination”.

1. Stop lying to yourself – Yes, you don’t have time. Time is precious and it is running out, so if you have an exam coming or if you are planning to clear your wardrobe or drawers, do it NOW!! Don’t put off things for tomorrow because tomorrow you will have more urgent things to do. If some work has presented itself to you this instant, then do it now, not later.

2. Don’t over burden yourself – Now when I say that you need to start working NOW…I don’t mean that you have to finish the task right now. Break the tasks into smaller parts, complete a small chunk of the task everyday. Make sure the parts are more or less equal so that you don’t feel burdened and hence lose interest and hence keep the tasks for later and again get trapped in the vicious cycle of procrastination. You see where I am coming from?

3. First do what you do best – Once you have divided the task into smaller chunks, start the task with what you like the most. Like if you have to clear your wardrobe, pick whatever section you like most, for example you could start with the jewellery drawer, or the scarves hook or your socks and handkerchief section or maybe the bags section. So start with the section which interests you the most and keep you hooked on the job. When you are done with your favourite part, the other chunks will be a cake walk..!!

4. Take away the distractions – Take you phone, tablets/iPad, laptops or anything else that will not let you focus on the job at hand and keep it away in some place where they are not visible. I am so hooked to my phone that sometimes, I just start moving towards my phone in the middle of doing something else as if I am in a trance state where the phone has put a spell on me to go and check it every 5 minutes!! My point here is focus on the job at hand, finish it and then go and do whatever it is you have to do. “I solemnly swear that I shall do that myself :D”

Procrastination is a habit, and a bad one. In order to change any habit, we have to trick our brain in doing something different. And when you do that, your brain won’t be happy, you won’t be happy, but “You got to do what you got to do”, there is no running away folks, this is what it is. So the choice as always is yours. I hope you make the right one. Take care.

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28 responses to “Procrastination – A barrier to success…!!!!”

  1. Very well written and pragmatic advice. I would add one point to the tricking the brain concept. Maybe adding a reward at the achievement of a milestone will help you keep yourself motivated throughout the action phase. As an example, the promise of a dress as a reward to yourself once you have sorted the wardrobe fully will be a strong motivation to keep going.

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    • Well Said Kunal. Reward system is a core of behavioural psychology. Human brain may be the most evolved brain amongst the mammal kingdom but it’s is also easily tricked. If you have developed a bad habit say procrastination for example, it is there because you have been rewarded in the past because of it, like starting studying for an exam on the last day and still managing to get good marks. Sounds familiar..!! 😉 Anyways my point here is that once a person is motivated enough to change a habit, he needs to make smaller goals in the beginning and reward himself often so that the brain cells form a new pathway for a better habit. In fact, rewards is the not the only option. Some people even give themselves pain like a simple rubber band technique which you tie to your wrist, and every time you realise that you are having procrastinating thought, just pull and leave. Ouch..!!! I am all for rewards system though…

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  2. Good stuff! I have been looking for somebody with the same thoughts to help me inspire people and I found this. I like your line of thought…”dealing with a thing when it presents itself, not waiting for tomorrow”.

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  3. Enough procrastination, I’m ready to comment. My favourite is #3 – break it into smaller chunks. If you can’t face the job today, at least do some planning or preparation. Make the task more manageable, even fun, or else you may not leave yourself enough time …

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  4. Very glad I don’t have a Smart phone, but I do have a very long list of “To Do”s. Yes, the best way to tackle a job that can’t all be done in one day is to write down all the stages and at least do one stage each day. This encourages feelings of accomplishment and might even result in you persisting through 2 stages instead of one! But I have to disagree about dealing with each task as it comes up: I’d replace that with PRIORITISE. Don’t let the URGENT become a tyrant, especially when they are other people’s ideas of what you should do (tyranny of the Urgent), and when attacking a task that’s been on your list longer would be a better idea (especially when you can foresee problems if you don’t get around to doing it). Help, this subject has really grabbed me — I think I’ll have to do a blog of my own about it (today, tomorrow, at the next Blue Moon?)

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