Get Over The Habit Of Procrastination

Is Procrastination keeping you from success?

Procrastination could be causing you to lose earnings, missed opportunities for jobs, contributing to your poor health and loss at a chance of true love.

Have we not all been dogged by this behavior at some time or the other?  It is the practice of putting off a task, activity, chore or assignment until a later time or date. In extreme cases, this postponement could be indefinite. Usually this avoidance to get something done especially if prompt attention is required is due to the fact that we do not wish to do it.

Today’s world overwhelms us with time sensitive tasks, projects with set deliverables, multiple assignments and multi-tasking have become the norm. The job market has become highly competitive and those who are adept at time management and have learnt how to overcome procrastination are likely to succeed and be highly sought after.

Procrastination shows up in different ways

Procrastination1) A common excuse is just not liking the task to be performed.

2) Another is not having the requisite knowledge and skills, and so there is avoidance of the task.

3) Finding the job boring, mundane, not challenging or uninteresting can be inferred.

4) Having other competing assignment/commitments, incomplete jobs.

5) Poor time management and organizational skills.

6) Lack of confidence in one’s ability to deliver good work.

7) Obsessive-compulsive behavior that drives us to be too detailed in planning.

Procrastination is not always a bad thing

There is what is called Good and Bad procrastination. Here, the view is that it is unavoidable in some situations to delay or postpone doing a task. Conveniently, this is equated to prioritizing some task over others. They opine that the issue is how to procrastinate well.

Many highly effective persons are procrastinators, of a sort. They avoid “mundane” errands so that real/mission critical functions can be tackled. Artistic individuals tend to be this way and would prefer not to be interrupted to take out the trash.

The habit of procrastination can be overcome      

If you care about how you are being perceived and judged, you may wish to do something about habitually procrastinating. This behavior can be improved by getting more organized and inculcating better time management.

Although there are some useful tips that can help you improve, it is primarily a matter of finding the ways of working that best suit you rather than trying to rigidly follow someone else’s model.

Tips to help you beat the habit:

  • Procrastination occasionally is totally within the realm of normal behavior, so don’t be hard on yourself.
  • Important tasks have to be done sooner rather than later and therefore the choice is yours.
  • How much do you value your credibility on your performance should be a motivator.
  • Analyze and understand why you are procrastinating with a task and address the root cause.
  • Put in place what you need to get started on the job. It may be tools, assistance, or guidance.
  • Be realistic with your plans and timelines. Break down the task into phases or manageable bits.
  • Motivate yourself by keeping your eyes on the goal.
  • Provide yourself an incentive for completing the job.

Staying on track

Depending on the type of job that you have, you may not even be fully in control of your day. Meetings, interviews, and interruptions can further erode the time to complete core task and assignments. Effective managers have shared that they get the most challenging task out of the way first.

Decide on the top three (3) tasks each day. A planner will help you to stay on track, but review as often as necessary to reprioritize. Consider hiring a personal assistant.

* Tomatoes have been found to help maintain optimal brain health. Tomatoes contain an antioxidant known as lycopene, which combats radicals, which otherwise would decrease mental function.

* Strawberries have substances that have been found to cleanse the brain eliminating toxins.

* Whole grains, including wheat and oats, enhance the body’s ability and improve memory. Whole grains contain complex carbohydrates which are necessary energy sources for the brain.

* Omega-3 fatty acid improves learning and memory. This is found in fish such as salmon and tuna. It is recommended that these fishes should be eaten at least twice per day according to The American Heart Association.

In this new school year it is important to have great mental health so as to perform your best in classes. A healthier mind makes a healthier you!

The Readers Bureau – Contributor

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