Procrastination is opportunity’s assassin.
– Victor Kiam –
As a fellow student, I can 100% guarantee that procrastination is my biggest enemy. Pushing it off till tomorrow, having that horrible feeling of guilt and shame, is a usual routine for me. And I am definitely not proud of it, in fact, I am trying to prevent this from happening. So I thought I will help fellow students and hard-working people, by giving a few tips on how to reduce our procrastination.
What is Procrastination?
Procrastination is delaying something or postponing something. It does not mean that you are lazy, just means you are under heavy pressure, or you are feeling insecure about your capabilities.
Many people procrastinate at work as well as in school. So do not feel like you are the only one who cannot handle the workload. Loads of people around the world go through emotion.
Reasons Behind Procrastination
There are multiple reasons behind it, depending on each person. Laziness is not one of the reasons, so you do not have to worry about that. The basic concept, you could say, behind procrastination is avoiding something, because of how much stress it gives you.
You are maybe scared that you cannot complete something with a good result, so you avoid doing that. Or maybe you get distracted working on a task, so you postpone working on that. Or maybe you do not like the work that you do and you have no motivation to do it, so you just don’t do it! There are many reasons behind it, but we do not go and actually figure out why we cannot do our work, we just avoid it!
Tips On Overcoming Procrastination
1. Keep A Schedule
Stick to a schedule where you can split time to work on each of your work for a short amount of time, so you do not lose focus on any of them.
2. Know What Your Priorities Are
If you know that you have a lot on your plate, then you should say ‘no’ to any other thing, that might distract or take away your time.
3. Do Not Strive For Perfection
You need to realize that not everything in the world needs to be perfect. There is no need to be under the pressure that your work has to be perfect to the point. Strive for ‘good enough. This way you will lessen the pressure on your shoulders and you can complete your work.
4. Change Your Environment
If staying at home, where there are a lot of distractions, does not allow you to work fully, then go to the library. Change your environment when you are doing your work, so that you will not be distracted and you give your entire focus on your tasks.
Procrastination will not go away overnight, it takes time, so start doing the tips mentioned above slowly and maintain it. You will see the difference soon enough!