Have you not yet started on the assignment you were supposed to start three days ago?
Do you study only during exam times?
Does it give you the familiar guilty feeling each time?
Feels like you are in two minds?
Here are some tips on how to reduce this habit -
Complete small tasks daily:
Yes, our brain needs training to work at its true potentials. Only thing we have to believe is the possibility of achieving very difficult tasks.
When we believe, we work hard for that. We have to train our mind by rigorous training and deliberate practice. By completing small tasks daily you can achieve what you want.
It turns out that when we delay our tasks, we actually are in two minds.
The part of the brain that is sophisticated and tells us to work is the Prefrontal Cortex. This part of brain gets fully developed by adulthood.
The limbic system asks us to chill. The limbic system is an older part of the brain, from when we used to live in jungles.
So it only knows two things – either run for your life/hunt food or the other option is to relax or enjoy. This notion of ‘work’ we have nowadays does not fit the bill for it.
Secondly, the Amygdala, which gets activated when we fear something, lets the limbic system take over when we are afraid, instead of prefrontal cortex. So, actually, the thing we are putting off, might be provoking some anxiety in us.
It may be due to not knowing where to start, or it can be due to the displeasure of doing the tasks or it may simply be the fear of failure.
Kick out the fear of failure:
For achieving success in any field, we have to kick out the fear of failure from our mind.
When we are afraid, we let our limbic system kicks in and so we lounge around watching marathons of our favorite TV shows.
Identify the thoughts which bring us down:
So now that we know this, what can be done to make sure we do not procrastinate? Well, we have to make it conducive for the limbic system to not take over.
We have to identify the thoughts which bring us down. We have to learn to control our desires, fears, angers and all emotions. We should make sure that negative thoughts should not stick around us, and also we should not believe on those.
In other words, we need to plan our goals, that is break down the big task into small steps. We need to plan time that is, put deadlines on each small step.
We need to plan resources. If we need ten things to do a task, we should have those ten things when we sit down to do the tasks.
Getting up to acquire the resource can be a good avenue for procrastination. We also need to plan for the process; which part of the job will take more time, which less and which can be moved around.
A couple of aspects to be prepared for are distraction and failure. Despite this planning, we are not infallible.
Be positive on your achievements:
Whatever work you start, be positive on your achievements, work constantly for that, once you start working on that, you gain confidence.
Remember when you meet any problem and you work hard to solve that which means your mind is getting into habit of solving problem by continuous effort.
Distraction may happen but it should be taken in stride, and you have to steer yourself back to the tasks again.
Also meditation, yoga, mindfulness and exercise would help to keep your mind fresh, focused and develop better mind.
Failure is a step to success:
Failure is something that can scare us into being frozen and keep us in our comfort zone forever.
Therefore, telling yourself that failure is a step to success and a learning process helps to avoid some of the anxiety that fear of failure caused.
Another aspect of acceptance is that once you have accepted the possibility of failure, then you will see a pressure lifting off you, and you will be much more creative and experimental in how you do a task. You yourself will see a change in both the process and outcome.
Hopefully, armed with these tips, you can make sure you do the assignment on time from now on!
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