Have you ever known you needed to do something — work, chores, or social obligations — but continuously put it off instead of just doing it?
That’s procrastination — avoiding the things you don’t want to do. But the problem is you still have to do them…eventually. Procrastination often stems from a feeling of emotional displeasure at the thought of doing something unpleasant. But overcoming that displeasure and accomplishing the task can provide relief.
Avoiding procrastination can help you be more focused, accomplish more goals and even create more time to do things you truly enjoy. You can avoid procrastinating by:
- Making a list. Make a list of things you need to do, and then stick to it. Hold yourself accountable and then cross items off once they are complete.
- Making a schedule. Know what day — and even time of the day — you will do the items on the list you make. Planning ahead and setting aside time to complete a task will help you be more mentally prepared to do it.
- Forget perfection. Sometimes we postpone things because we’re worried we won’t do them perfectly. But not doing it at all means it’s definitely not perfect. Cut yourself some slack and do your best work instead of striving for impossible perfection.
- Imagine. What’s the worst that could happen if you have to do your task? Often, the answer is only that you will have the minor inconvenience of completing the task, followed by the sense of accomplishment once it’s complete. Focus on that feeling, and it will give you the push you need to stop procrastinating and act.
Overcoming procrastination can help free you from anxiety and pressure — and you’ll get a lot more done!
Content by Lockton Dunning Benefits with info from https://www.success.com/7-simple-ways-to-stop-procrastinating/