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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Procrastination: Friend or Foe?

Everyday spent procrastinating is another day spent worrying about that thing. Do it now, and move on with your life

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out of less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.

Don't let your want for perfection become procrastination

Is procrastination another form of planning better? 

We should draw a thin line between procrastination and anticipation. People use procrastination as an excuse for "extensive ideas", thereby killing the opportunity they have at present. Some procrastinate because they are chronically lazy and they deliberately create distraction.

Procrastinators may say they perform better under pressure, but more often than not that's their way of justifying putting things off. The bright side? It's possible to overcome procrastination—with effort. 
Procrastination is like predicting the outcome of a football match which is certainly not accurate. 

Don't wait until tomorrow before you make that move, for tomorrow might be too late. I can remember vividly when I piled-up my dishes in the kitchen sink because I was too lazy to wash them. I thought of tomorrow morning as the best time to wash them. Not that I was doing something important at that time, but because I was looking for a mood or something to motivate me to wash them.

Procrastination also affected me in delayed payment. I always wait until the last day before I pay my bills, believing the money will always be available.

There are people who belong to "act when its deadline" group. These people pay their bills when it is almost due, go Christmas shopping on Christmas eve, read their books a day before the examination  and even delay in paying taxes.

It is a learned habit and can be unlearned, procrastinators are made not born. It is totally unhealthy. One can actually change but it takes a lot of psychic energy and you don't necessarily feel transformed internally.

Procrastination can also be a relationship/marriage crasher. When you keep procrastinating responsibilities you are actually fuelling a conflict in your home 

How do you know you are a chronic procrastinator?

Some people often get confused whether they are procrastinators or not. If you can actually add your daily tasks on your "To Do list" and carry out these tasks one after the other, you are not a procrastinator. Here are characteristics of chronic procrastinators:

1. They underestimate the time it takes to complete tasks

2. They overestimate the time they have left to perform tasks.
3. They mistakenly believe that working when not in the mood is suboptimal.
4.They overestimate how motivated they will feel the next day, the next week, the next month -- whenever they are putting things off to.

Most people procrastinate because they are afraid of failure; reason why they distract themselves from any activity that requires much commitment. 

To reduce your procrastinating habit, here are helpful tips you can adopt:

1. Always write a list of tasks you have to do.
2. Set realistic goals
3. Always believe there is a reward for achieving your goal.
4. Eliminate the irrelevant and unnecessary tasks
5. Estimate the amount of time you think it will take you to complete a task. Then increase the amount by 100%.

Remember that you must make that move NOW to start achieving your goal in the future

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