Are You Procrastinating or Just Being Lazy?
Like many habits such as drinking coffee or biting your finger nails, procrastination is a habit that is a deeply ingrained pattern of behavior that you just can’t break overnight.
But, do you know when your habit of “I’ll do it later” is the reason for your team’s poor performance?
Procrastination Is Not Laziness
Although often very confusing to tell procrastination and laziness apart, they are very different.
Clearly, procrastination involves ignoring an unpleasant, but likely more important task, in favor of one that is more enjoyable or easier.
Perhaps you’ve failed at efforts to stop procrastinating.
These strategies will help you;
Forgive Yourself for Procrastinating in the Past
Self-forgiveness can help you to feel more positive about yourself and reduce the likelihood of procrastination in the future.
Commit to the Task
Focus on doing, not avoiding.
Promise Yourself a Reward
If you complete a difficult task on time, reward yourself with a treat, such as a slice of cake from your favourite culinary shop.
And make sure you notice how good it feels to finish things!
Ask Someone to Check Up On You
Peer pressure works! This is the principle behind self-help groups.
If you don’t have anyone to ask, an online tool such as Procraster can help you to self-monitor
Act As You Go
Tackle tasks as soon as they arise, rather than letting them build up over another day.
Rephrase Your Internal Dialog
The phrases “need to” and “have to,” for example, imply that you have no choice in what you do.
Turn off your email and social media, and avoid sitting anywhere near a television while you work!
Aim to “eat an elephant beetle”
First thing, Every Day! Get those tasks that you find least pleasant out of the way early.
Well done! You successfully read this piece without procrastinating and took your first step to success.
Which of the above strategies is most helpful to you? Tell us in the comment session below.