Like a punch to productivity, procrastination is the bain of my existence. I probably have a degree in it!!! Haha. But really, how to stop procrastinating? I believe it has everything to do with how we take action.
When we take action, this can mean a few things such as 1) a need to understand what it is; 2) recognize when it is in action; 3) take time to reason it out and adjust actions, and finally, 4) a plan to stop procrastination through a strategy or strategies.
Click on the link above. I think you will agree, the video gives a pretty accurate depiction of what procrastination is. For all intensive purposes, our working definition is ….. the intentional act of postponement.
On a personal level, this action can seriously stunt personal growth relating to one’s feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. Equally important to one’s professional career, this type of postponement is a disruptive force to advancement.
Recognize When Procrastination is Afoot!
I will be the first to admit yes, I drag my feet to take action. I procrastinate for numerous reasons and you may be able to relate to this. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to recognize when we are because it can be overt and quite sneaky.
Overtly, this could be seen as the constant missing of important job deadlines. As a sneaky intruder, this is checking email or fussing around on social media, under the illusion of working.
Certainly, when we engage in other activities that are not productive, we are postponing constructive actions.
Take Time to Reason and Adjust Action
Think about this, if we take the time to recognize when we are procrastinating, we practice awareness. The awareness allows us to examine the “why” and make a plan to stop.
Self-awareness acts as an aid in seeing it and how it creates undue personal stress. Our recognition increases self-confidence and pinpoints what is contributing to our postponement and stress.
You simply must think about the potential sources and their association. Giving a name to the reason for the postponement is enlightening and valuable information.
Now is a good a time as any to offer a few actions to help bring this issue to a halt. After you recognize and examine why you are not productive, create some strategies to stop. This is a sensible action.
First, let’s return to the topic of being aware. Again, awareness is essential because it cues you into knowing the “what” and “why” you continuously postpone or goof-off.
The following are a couple of actions one can take…..
If it has to do with….
- job or work: remember seeking out new employment is always an option. What’s more, if it pertains to just the work itself, commit yourself to either enhancing your capabilities and skills or finding a way to make the job a little less tedious.
- performing an unpleasant task: do the task(s) first. Make the personal attempt to get those task(s) out of the way and leave the more enjoyable ones to the end.
- personal organization: not your forte, there are a few tools to help with this: to-do lists for prioritizing and accountability, personal planners, mobile applications, and more. I am sure there is a “tool” just for you.
- a BIG project: one step to ease the overwhelm is breaking the project down into smaller chunks of work. Another tip to keeping the project in perspective….commit to approaching the venture like the adage says…. eat an elephant, One Bite At A Time.
As always I wouldn’t be doing my thing if I did not give you a tool……. “3” minutes to kicking procrastination in the BUTT! Check out the……The Quick Step.
Know you can do it…
You can put a halt to it, just takes a personal commitment to recognize, prioritize, and develop strategies to stop it in its tracks. This is about managing change too!
Pushing you to the TOP! From my heart, soul, & mind to yours……I encourage to stay curious and manage change like a Boss!