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The Ultimate Guide: How To Stop Procrastinating

The clock is ticking on a Friday afternoon. You're rushing to finish a task before the deadline of five o'clock, quietly condemning yourself for not starting it sooner.

What caused this to happen? What went wrong, exactly? Why did you lose your concentration?

There were the hours spent re-reading emails and checking social media, the excessive "preparation," the coffee breaks, and the time spent on other duties that you could start doing the following week.

Does this ring a bell? If that's the case, you're not alone! Many of us fall into the trap of procrastination. According to Piers Stee, a researcher and speaker, 95 percent of us delay to some degree. While knowing you're not alone can be comforting, it's also disheartening to discover how much it can hold you back.

Procrastination usually entails putting off a less pleasurable but perhaps more crucial duty to favor something more enjoyable or easy. It's also important to note that procrastination and laziness are not the same things. Instead, it is a proactive process in which you choose to do something other than the work you know you should be performing.

But giving in to the habit of procrastinating can lead you to severe consequences. Even minor instances of procrastination, for example, can make us feel guilty or ashamed. It can impair productivity and cause us to fall short of our objectives.

Procrastination could make our drive to finish tasks less, leading to depression and even job loss in extreme circumstances.

However, like with other habits, you could overcome procrastination. To deal with and prevent procrastination, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Recognize that you're procrastinating

You might be putting off a task because your workload has been re-prioritized. You aren't necessarily procrastinating if you are temporarily delaying an essential task for a valid reason. If, on the other hand, you begin to put things off indefinitely or shift your concentration to avoid doing anything, you are most likely doing so.

You may also be procrastinating if you:

  • Fill your day with low-priority tasks.

  • Leave an item on your To-Do list for a long time, even though it's essential.

  • Read emails several times over without deciding on what to do with them.

  • Start a high-priority task and then go off to make a coffee.

  • Fill your time with unimportant tasks other people ask you to do instead of getting on with the important tasks already on your list.

  • Wait to be in the "right mood," or wait for the "right time" to tackle a task.

Step 2: Find out WHY you're procrastinating

Before you can begin to address your procrastination, you must first understand why you are doing so. Are you avoiding a task because you find it boring or unpleasant, for example? If yes, take measures to get it out of the way as soon as possible to concentrate on the job you enjoy.

Poor organization can lead to procrastination—people who can organize well successfully overcome procrastinating because they know their priorities and create effective schedules.

But even if you could organize your schedule well, you might still get a task overload. Perhaps you have doubts about your ability, so you put it off and seek comfort in doing work that you know you're capable of completing.

Step 3: Untangle performance and self-worth

Perfectionism isn't always a bad thing. High standards, after all, lead to high-level work. Beyonce, Bruno Mars, and Serena Williams are all self-described perfectionists. High standards, on the other hand, might sometimes backfire. We abandon our initiatives because we are afraid that we will not reach the high standards we have set for ourselves.

Procrastination is common among perfectionists, which is surprising. They'd instead not do a job for which they don't think they have the necessary skills then do it poorly.

Another common cause of procrastination is poor decision-making. You'll put off taking action if you can't decide what to do because you're afraid of making a mistake.

Perfectionism and procrastination are linked, but it's not just the high standards that slow you down; it's the high standards combined with the assumption that your performance could affect your self-worth that causes you to procrastinate. That combination can grind you to a halt.

Always keep in mind the important distinction between who you are and what you do. Your identity, family, passions, experiences, travels, friends, politics, taste, knowledge, problems you've overcome, and, most importantly, how you treat other people all contribute to your worth.

Now that you know the steps to start procrastinating, do it and live a better life! And If you would like to learn more advice for your self-growth, you could also consult with us! Also, follow us at Instagram @baikgp and @ayureadypodcast for more information and extra insights!

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