âIâll do it later.â â the anthem of the procrastinator. Too often later never comes around or we wait so long that we have to scramble to get things done. Procrastination can be the monkey on your back that you feel you just canât shake off. The best thing to do is to understand why you are procrastinating and work from there.
There can be numerous reasons for procrastination. One may feel as though they do not have the skills or tools needed to complete the task, so it is put off. The task could also seem unimportant, thus lacking the motivational qualities for you to start working on it. Another common reason for procrastination is a fear of the outcome. You may have been in the same situation before and things turned out poorly, so, you are avoiding the outcome by avoiding the task. On the other hand, it may be that you have no clue what the end result will be, thus you are steering away from the potentially perilous unknown. What is important here is to note that the act of procrastination varies between tasks and people. We donât procrastinate on everything and we donât always procrastinate on the same thing in the same way. So how can you decrease the possibility of procrastination? Know yourself.
One of the best things to do is to NOT label yourself a procrastinator. We tend to act in self-confirming ways. So if you think youâre a procrastinator, you will procrastinate. The second thing to do is to recognize why you are procrastinating and correct the issue. If you think the task is too boring, find meaning in it. Yes, the 12 page essay on cyberbullying may be tedious, but consider all of the information you will gain that will help you keep your future children protected from it. If you feel like you are lacking a skill, see this as an alarm to spring into action and find the proper resources to solve that issue.
By changing your perspective of procrastination so that it is an alert rather that a barrier, you can change your slacker ways into proactive ones.