Winning the War on Procrastination

In our time, there are many illnesses that affect our health and happiness, over which we have no control. At the same time, there is a disease that affects our success. This disease is called procrastination. Procrastination is a disease of self-sabotage that robs us of success at work, with our relationships and with our own sense of self-esteem and self-worth. As long as time management remains the enemy of procrastination, it is almost impossible to win this war

There is no one who likes to procrastinate, yet it affects everyone's life to some degree. Procrastination can be best defined as putting things off, delaying, or deferring an action to a later time. Now, we all procrastinate from time to time. We may put off washing the dishes or making the bed; But once we delay paying our bills, filing our taxes, or meeting deadlines at work; Procrastination becomes a serious problem hindering us from fulfilling our obligations in life. These consequences no longer just affect us, but can have dire consequences for our partners, our professional life as well as our sense of safety and security.

Are you a procrastinator?

Do you often come up with excuses to postpone your work? Does your life feel full of obligations that you struggle to meet? Do you find yourself putting off important jobs to carry out unimportant tasks? Do you talk about projects with no clear terms of when the project is to be completed. Do you spend a lot of time researching a project or task but never get around to starting or finishing it? Do you keep starting new projects before finishing the existing ones? Are you ever pleased with a task that you completed? Do you delay working on important tasks until the last minute and use the stress of pressure to motivate you to complete the task? If you answered yes to more than 3 of the questions, you may fit the profile of having more than a mild case of procrastination.

In general, procrastination is a learned behavior developed in our childhood from the influence of ones parents, siblings, or other figures of authority. It can also develop as a means of rebellion to authority, or as a resistance to being controlled. That can explain how it developed, but what happens when we continue to procrastinate as adults. Procrastinating at work can lead to resentment in the workplace affecting teamwork and at home affecting the partnership.

Why do people procrastinate?

There are several reasons:

– Some people procrastinate because they get a "high" by leaving things to the last
Minute and the pressure gives them an adrenalin rush.
– Some people have a fear of failure, or even a fear of success, and postpon havingto face either possibility.
– Some do not want to take any responsibility and they know if they wait long
Enough, someone else will probably do it for them.
– Some feel so overwhelmed with so much to do, that they become paralyzed and
Can not bring themselves to get started.
– Sometimes they feel that there is just too much work and too little time.
– There may be just too many distractions to focus on a single task.
– Some people do not feel the need to hold themselves accountable.
– There may be a lack of motivation to get started.
– There is no deadline.

Overcoming obstacles .

1. One effective method to get things done, is to:
– Break-up the tasks into smaller and more manageable ones
– Make sure that each task is so small and simple that it does not require too much time and effort.
2. Another effective method is making lists.
– Once a task is completed, mark it off your list
3. Develop time management skills:
– Set a specific time to finish each task.
– Tell yourself that you will not postpone the work no matter what the distractions.
4. Make a list of the possible consequences if you procrastinate again, including how
You will feel about yourself.
5. Do not be discouraged by setbacks. Realize that you are human and try again.
6. Estimate the amount of time you think it will take you to complete the task, then
Increase that amount by 100%.
7. Announce your goals to your family and friends. This will put some pressure on.
You to actually do what you claim.
8. Give yourself rewards for jobs completed.
9. Set time limits.

Procrastination can create unnecessary stress and pressure for you that can lead to resentment and conflict in your life and those around you as well. Commit to making one small change at a time, and win the war on procrastination.