Is it one of those days when you have a pressing task to tackle but can’t seem to get it done, until perhaps the last minute? I had the intention of drafting and posting this article, some time last week, but didn’t see it through. So, I have been procrastinating on writing about procrastination.
Working as a freelancer is an exciting venture. Well, your earnings correlate with how much work you complete. Having another side hustle to run makes it more demanding. You have to meet the requirements, deadlines of clients, exceed their expectations and still find time for your personal growth and advancement.
Finding a balance between both can be pretty challenging as whether you make money or not, you still have bills to pay and student loans to repay, on a monthly basis. It is not that I didn’t have time to write, but I still dread having to put my thoughts in writing. You never know how people will perceive you or whether they will be receptive to your hard work or not.
Statistics on procrastination show that an overwhelming 95% of us tend to put off doing tasks. That is according to Researcher and Speaker, Piers Steele. The procrastination meaning is the act of postponing or delaying something, especially one that needs immediate attention.
Some of the reasons why do we do it:
• Anxiety procrastination: when you are not sure what your actions may result in, it is often easier to opt for inaction. It could be due to uneasiness in handling the task, worrying about it or feeling nervous.
• Task Aversion: though I have worked on articles on a variety of niche, I still find the introduction of an exposition as onerous. I may have numerous ideas to include in the body of the material but how do I get people to read through it all?
• Having a faulty sense of time: It is where an individual or individuals feel they have more time to work on tasks, but it isn’t so in actuality.
Yes, there may be several reasons why procrastination is good. However, studies on this subject matter show that procrastination can lead to performing poorly, health issues and even increase one’s stress levels. Below are procrastination tips on how to overcome it when you feel it creeping into the shadows:
1. Change Perspective
When you find yourself having difficulty in starting a task or get started but are easily distracted, that’s procrastination knocking at the door. Reassess the task at hand; it will become less intimidating. You can achieve this by focusing on why.
Why do you have to study a particular text? The exams could be around the corner. Identify your personal goals; it will help to improve your engagement. If you want to lose weight, naturally, then you’ve got to get a gym membership or start exercising.
2. Just get started
I can’t vouch for all of us, but many people aspire to become a better version of themselves, every chance they get. However, in this quest for perfection, we are intimidated by complicated tasks or decision that one has to make. You would rather avoid it than address the issue.
As a blogger, you have to keep producing content for your audience, consistently. Sometimes, you have no idea what you are going to write about, and the clock is ticking. You need to only start writing on whatever is in your mind.
Free writing will start the ideas flowing in your mind. Start with those tasks that aren’t pleasing to you.
3. Find a work-friendly environment
We work efficiently in different settings. While in college, I wouldn’t mind reading with loud music on. It kept me entertained and made my brain active. But for some unknown reason, nowadays, it is difficult for ideas to flow when I am writing, and there’s loud music blaring in proximity.
If its social media that is distracting you, you can turn off your notifications. Use the Freedom tool to block you from accessing distracting websites as you work. Turn off your phone if you have to, with distractions out of the way, you will be able to focus on your tasks.
4. Reward yourself
If you have a reward to look forward to, when you finally complete a set task, successfully, it will give you the motivation needed to see it through. You can use your distractions and turn them into rewards. If you are aching to look at your social media, or read an email, do it only after accomplishing the urgent duties you set out to do.
On the other hand, you can also have a punishment system for failure work on a task. A reward system will act as a positive reinforcement to your momentum and execution.
5. Make a Schedule
Most time when you plan for something and don’t allocate specific time to deal with it, one tends to put it off. Maybe you are not motivated enough. Or you could be planning to lose a certain amount of calories by going to the gym twice a week but have not set dates.
It is easy to push back self-imposed deadlines when you set vague goals. Keep a schedule and stick to it.
Procrastination is a psychological issue. Don’t beat yourself up when you slip. Forgive, and believe in yourself, then, get right on working on the task at hand.