“I will do it later,” “I will do it another time.” We have all been there before. Pushing things we need to get done to the side is also known as procrastination. It seems like, with never-ending distractions, there is always a moment to procrastinate which equals to a piled up to-do list and next thing you know you are an expert in the field of procrastination.
What is Going On?
There are several reasons why you procrastinate:
- The tasks you need to complete are unpleasant.
- You are afraid to make changes because you do not know what the outcome will be.
- You suffer from perfectionism.
- You are unorganized.
The first action step to increase productivity rather than procrastinate is to identify what type of procrastination you are dealing with. There are three types of procrastination according to life transformation coach/Hay House author Jennifer Grace:
Stopped: Paralyzed with fear, your goal/task is so huge you feel overwhelmed.
Spun: You start a million goals or tasks and do not finish one. You tend to start things and do not follow through.
Stalled: You can do everything else for everyone else except the action steps you need to take to complete YOUR goal/task. Or, you make time for everything else except what you are supposed to be doing.
After identifying which type of procrastination you are experiencing, and yes it can be more than one, choose the antidote that applies to your situation.
Stopped: Put up a post-it note that says “Overwhelmed is just a thought” because of that what it is, just a thought.
Spun: Choose one goal/task you want to work on and do not pick another project until you finish that goal/task.
Stalled: Set a timer for the amount of time you want to spend on your goal/task and put away all distractions until the timer goes off.
Now that you have identified and comprehended how to turn your procrastination into productivity, it is time to understand the true root of your procrastination.
No matter what the reason, you must be aware that there is a way to move through it.
- If a task is unpleasant or overwhelming do something like play music while performing the task or give yourself a reward once the task is complete.
- If fear of the unknown is causing the procrastination, think of the outcome being positive rather than something going wrong.
- If you suffer from perfectionism it may mean you are afraid of success or failure.
- If disorganization is the case, hire someone to help you get organized or call on family or a friend to assist you.
Identify the type of procrastination and know that with success comes a better version of yourself; and, with failure comes lessons to apply to your next endeavor. So it is not a failure at all but just a moment of hands-on learning