What is Procrastination?
definition of procrastination is the time a person spends putting off the things that need to be done now, by focusing on something completely different. The thing that needs to be done now takes some effort and concentration, or it could be something not very enjoyable and therefore, gets pushed to the back of ones mind, in favour of something easier or more pleasurable.
Why do we put things off?
I wondered what my life would be like without procrastination and it doesn’t bare thinking about. My life would be completely different. I image yours would be too.
I thought it important to write something on this subject. Well, it was a suggested topic from a friend.
My reply was, “Good idea, I’ll make sure I get around to doing it”. When I heard myself saying this, I laughed. There it was, my procrastination, the words just rolled off my tongue.
I frequently hear myself saying things like, ‘I’ll get around to it’ or ‘I’ll do it later’. These phrases can stop me from actually ‘doing’ anything. I’ve spend a lot of time with ‘stuff’ I should have done swimming around my head.
I’ve lost many hours staring at social media or checking emails, wasted time really.
“Procrastination is the thief of time”Edward Young
To relate this subject to working online at home, I don’t have a boss leaning over me giving me tasks and deadlines. I set my schedule and because I am working in my home environment, it’s easy to become distracted with other things.
I knew this area of my life, this shortcoming, if you like, needed addressing if I was going be successful and achieve something.
I am continually working on being more organized; some days are more productive than others. I have strategies in place to prevent me from slipping and sliding too much and I don’t beat myself up for not being perfect.
Some of the strategies I use include:
— Goal Setting.
— Keeping a diary.
— Using a Whiteboard to write lists.
— Evaluating how my day went in the evening.
What are you afraid of?
Did you know?..
Perfectionists quite commonly are procrastinators. They can tell themselves that they haven’t got the required skill to do a job and therefore put off doing it.
Being disorganized can lead to procrastination. Being organized and creating a ‘To Do’ list can help with this. It is also a good idea to set goals.
If you tackle unpleasant jobs first you are less likely to procrastinate. Do boring jobs first. Get what you are avoiding out of the way, make room for fun tasks.
Feel overwhelmed by a task can lead to procrastination. Break a job down into smaller tasks can help with this.
A person can procrastinate due to fear of success. You fear that completing the job may mean having to live up to massive expectations.
Read my article, ‘How to Succeed Working at Home’, for some useful suggestions you can try out. It would be great to know how you get on so let me know in the comments box below.