Breaking a Bad Habit – 3 Of The Procrastinator’s Worst Nightmares
Are you having a hard time battling procrastination? It’s really tough isn’t it? Well, there’s no doubt about that and you are not alone. A lot of people are going through the same thing. Breaking procrastination is not an easy thing to do, as it can grow within a person for the rest of his life if not treated earlier. Here are some tips on how you can finally beat procrastination:
Making Deadlines A Productive Tool
The most common notion about deadlines is that they tend to be stressful and tiresome. On one hand, this is half true. On the other hand, deadlines can also be harnessed in such a way that it could be used as a tool for enhancing productivity. The problem usually arises when people have too much time on their hands. It’s easier to fall prey to procrastination without a deadline. Why? Most people would say “I’ve got all the time in the world, I’ll do it later, promise” but they usually end up going beyond schedule or if not, compromising the quality of work. However, when all the anxiety is not focused on the deadline itself, more time and creativity will be poured into the start and completion of the task
Generating Fear And Accountability
When there’s no accountability we become lax, but if there’s too much it builds up pressure. However, the right amount of accountability stirs up something different, something that’s useful. When we have people who are looking over what we are doing, it creates this mental aspect that we must adhere to rules and that we must perform tasks better. Just like how a boss and employee relationship works. Without bosses looking over employees, an office would be very chaotic. This often involves the creation of productive fear.
Breaking Tasks Into Smaller More Manageable Pieces
There’s nothing more daunting than taking on a huge task. However, it really doesn’t matter how big or complex the task is. The critical aspect is actually the way it is presented. It is quite evident and as a matter of fact, research has shown that the manner of task presentation has critical impacts on the brain and on how a person becomes motivated to take on a task. Breaking down tasks into more manageable pieces makes it easier for people to finish tasks thus steering clear of procrastination. Take going to the grocery for example. If you don’t have the list of items to buy it would be difficult to know which items are more important and should be bought. However, given a list, it is easier to purchase items without the struggle. Task presentation proves to be a turning point in ridding a person of procrastination and providing better performance.