How do we avoid falling prey to procrastination?

30 Jun
Aishwarya K

I believe there are many people who fall prey to procrastination! Procrastination is so addictive and it's the worst kind of drug. Most of us usually chose pleasurable activities instead of our work. Time keeps running but it has no effect on us. Some of us may even start worrying, yet we fail to act on it, and continue to procrastinate further to forget the worry. We may keep thinking about our work, keep making plans on how we will achieve our goal for the day, but in the end there is no result. Finally, when there are just a few minutes left, we start racing against time to finish our work before the deadline. How can we avoid falling prey to procrastination?

Responses 7

  • Shubhanshi Singh
    Shubhanshi Singh   Jul 05, 2017 04:46 PM

    Hello there! 

    This one question is a concern to everyone. No matter how much we like the idea of being punctual or sincere, we always end up procrastinating. Now, why is that? Simple reason is lack of self control. We let temptations and gratification dominate.Yes, I got 10 million things to do but what harm will watching one episode of my favourite show do? Well, it can do much more harm than you can imagine. One you let your temptation get the better of you even once, you don't regret when you fall prey it the next time. You think what's the use of saving yourself now that you have already made the mistake. The good news is that it's never too late to realise your mistakes and any time saved is better than wasted. 

    One thing you can do to save yourself from procrastination is reward yourself with things after finishing your task. This way, you will fulfill your temptations while working on your task. You can ask others to evaluate your work and keep an eye on you. You can think of the difficult situation you will have to face incase you fail to complete your task, it will give you the chills and you will be motivated by fear. 

    Hope this helps. 

  • Alveera Sheikh
    Alveera Sheikh   Jul 01, 2017 11:06 PM

    Hi,

    Procrastination is indeed addictive. However, with rigorous following of certain tricks and ways, it can be beaten. Procrastination can be avoided through the following ways:

    • Start working with activities that interest you. This will bring you into the mood to keep working further and eventually you will finish the work. The important aspect about this is that it helps in focusing your mind.
    • Set a schedule for your work. And follow the schedule rigorously. Make sure you give yourself small breaks between tasks as this will help in maintaining your interest. Do not let yourself get distracted.
    • Keep as distractions away. Put away your electronic devices or hand it over to your parents. Distractions are the roots of procrastination.
    • Download apps that keep you from procrastinating. They will help regulate the amount of time you spend with your mobile.
    • Break tasks down into smaller bits. This will lessen how overwhelmed you may feel due to the large task at hand. Once you being to start completing tasks and feel accomplished – this will push you further to complete more.
  • Radhika Goel
    Radhika Goel   Jul 01, 2017 03:51 PM

    Hey, hope you are doing well. What you described is the exact procession of events that goes through a procastinators mind. I would know, I used to be one of them. One more thing, I have noticed is the belief among procastinators that last minute work makes their work better and makes them more efficient. This is a false belief.

    These are some things that may help you:

    Priortise, people always claim priortising is important for time management however priortising is also important for efficient and quality work. When you feel the task is interesting and important and worthwhile of your time, you will put an effort for it in time.

    Reward yourself, rewarding yourself for comleting small parts of the task can work as positive reinforcement and then develop into a habit

    Have a beginning and an end, being aware of the task i.e where to start and what it;s consequence will be like will help you stay motivated.

    If you have to do something but you feel there is a lack of motivation and lazyness due to the nature of the task, you must find something in it that is important for you.

    Studies( http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1111/1467-9280.00441)  show self imposed deadlines are less effective than outside imposed one's. I suggest ask your friend to monitor you.

     

    I hope this helps :)

  • Rinkle Jain
    Rinkle Jain   Jul 01, 2017 03:37 PM

    Hey there,

    Procrastination is a very common phenomenas especially in the present generation. Psychologically speaking, according to Sigmund Freud, our personality/psyche has 3 parts namely: Id, Ego and Super Ego. Procrastation is a result of excessive control to Id. Id is basically that part of our personality that functions on pleasure principle. It's main goal is attain pleasure and it is devoid of consideration of others and the norms of society. When we let Id take control over us, we tend to do things which we shouldn't do but we anyway do it because it brings us pleasure. Here are certain steps that should help a person when dealing with procrastination:

    1. Goal Setting and Reward: It is imporatant to set goal and follow the schedule when you feel lazy. Goal setting increases our focus and will power as it is a challenege. After you have finished your goal, it is also imporatnt to reward yourself so that you feel motivated for the next task. But make sure you don't reward yourself before you have done youe job.

    2. Meditation: Procrastination is also a result of attention issues. People who have attention issues tend to procrastinate more than others. Meditation and yoga  helps you to focus our psychic energy in the inward direction and thus helps you focus on your target.

    3. Prioritization: It is imporatant to prioritize your goals. We often finish less important easy task before more important difficult task. For eg: We finish small easy chapters before difficult chapter. But if we prioritize our tasks it will become more easier. 

  • Shanmugi B.P
    Shanmugi B.P   Jul 01, 2017 03:27 PM

    Hi!!

       Procrastination is the theif of time.People always postpone their work to the future or their present happiness.I can hereby suggest something to avoid the procrastination.

    1.Don't allow your mind to run on someother tasks while you were already assigned with something.Like while you write some assignments and suddenly think of watching tv then you procrastinate the writing tasks and watch tv.So try to do work in a focused concentration with your assigned tasks.

    2.Try to motivate yourself when you do something,like the same assignment writing tasks,when it's too long to write and you feel of bored and frustrated then you feel to procrastinate.So try to motivate yourself like ,it should be completed now and I can do it.

    3.Don't compare yourself with others.While the same writing assignments with your friend's and he/she completes it first then you may postpone it and the task is incomplete.So ,try to avoid the comparison and complete the task with self-esteem and confidence.

    Hope,it helps you   :)

     

  • APOORVA PANDEY
    APOORVA PANDEY   Jul 01, 2017 12:56 PM

    Hey,

     Often when the work that we are engaged is disinteresting and is imposed on us, we tend to procrastinate a lot. However, this tendency may prove to be harmful since such a work may pile up later on. Such a tendency must be avoided since it can lead to additional stress later on. You may think about the following points in order to overcome the situation:

    1. Whenever you feel lazy or feel like procrastinating a particular task, think about the consequences you might have to face, if in case you do not complete the work on time. Merely thinking about the adverse effects of not finishing task on time can prompt you to work.
    2. Try to divide your work time. Even when you are engaged in a particular task, don’t try to do it all in one go. Take your time and divide the task into different parts so that the task can be completed on time without putting excessive pressure on you.
    3. Try to develop a hobby that you can engage yourself in. Doing something that interests you naturally refreshes you, takes away all your laziness and energises you to do your work.

     

     

  • stuti kumari
    stuti kumari   Jul 01, 2017 12:14 AM

    Hey there,

    First , lets be clear on how to define procrastination.Procrastination is thought of as a "self-regulatory failure in volitional action and self-discipline, resulting in needlessly and irrationally delaying intended tasks in different walks of life".

    Procrastination, no matter how motivating your mornings are or how caffeinated your cold brew or bulletproof coffee , how energizing  your avacado toast , we all fall prey to procrastination.

    Even Aristotle, the Greek philosopher , struggled with procrastinatio. He filled it under  'akrasia' or moral weakness.

    While the ancient Greeks had their own temptations, we have our modern distractions: facebook, instagram, twitter, snapchat , texting etc.

    In a Dutch study the one key  factor predicting procrastination was boredom.

    Here's how to stay focussed and work effectively instead:

    *identify what kind of procrastinator you are, there are two types of procrastinators-"active" and "passive".

    *remind yourself of the mission.

    *tell someone about your project , there is power in letting people help you reach a goal.

    *keep your eyes on the prize and it will help you overcome your distractions.

    *prioritizing is the best way to avoid procrastination.

    *in the end, the best advice to end procrastination is "just do it".Getting started in anyway , is an important first step.

     

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