Chronic procrastinators know how stressful and painful it is to postpone things. Although they have the desire to do something, their motivation levels are down to zero, so why do today what they can put off till tomorrow? Figures show that 1 in 5 adults may be chronic procrastinators. But don’t think that procrastination is necessarily rooted in laziness. It is often a product of anxiety, fear of failure or negative perfectionism.
Know who you are: Think of what causes procrastination and how it affects your life.
Manage your time: Set time frames for completing assignments and compare the accuracy of estimates across tasks.
Change your perspective: Find what interests you with regards to your assignments and identify personal goals to improve engagement.
Commit to assignments: Identify tasks that you’re confident you will complete and try to cross each task off.
Work in productive environments: Choose the right setting and the right people to work with, ideally go for a place which is free of distractions and full of people who are cooperative.
Be realistic: Set feasible targets that you can reach on your own and remember that change will come sooner or later.
Have a positive attitude: Observe how you talk and think when procrastinating. If you have an overall negative stance, replace that with positive thinking.
Un-schedule: Don’t overschedule your daily routine. Instead have a flexible schedule and make sure you allow a lot of free time for extracurricular activities.
Swiss-cheese tasks: Devote small chunks of time to a big task.
Don’t indulge fantasies: Stop dreaming of desired results. Instead, work your way into achieving them by devising a practical step-by-step plan.
Plan for obstacles: Be proactive and see how you will tackle several obstacles for completing tasks.
Improve learning behaviour: Pay more attention to learning for the future rather than getting satisfaction in the present.
Help yourself: Ask people from your family or friends not to indulge your habit. If you fail, then you have to cope with the consequences yourself.
Reward progress: Develop a reward system to celebrate your progress and apply small punishments for failures.
Learn to forgive yourself: Be lenient with yourself where necessary and don’t be too hard on yourself whenever you slip up.
Follow these 15 rules and don’t forget that having faith in yourself and enough motivation to succeed are the true keys to beating chronic procrastination, whether in personal or professional life.