'Procrastination is the thief of time' (Edward Young, English poet, 1683 - 1765)
Procrastination - the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time
Everyone procrastinates at times, but for some people it can become a regular habit that prevents them from succeeding.
Why do we procrastinate?
1. We don't really know what needs to be done.
2. The task is large or complicated and can seem overwhelming.
3. We are afraid of being wrong and ending up with a bad result.
4. The task is boring or unpleasant.
5. We can't decide what we want to do.
6. We convince ourselves that we work better under pressure.
7. We are distracted.
8. We don't have enough time to complete the task.
9. We have too many things to complete at the same time.
What steps can you take to overcome procrastination? When procrastination occurs, nothing gets done. This may be avoided with a number of techniques designed to stop procrastination:
You can stop procrastination by getting organised. Being unorganised leads to chaos and feelings of being overwhelmed.
Make a 'To Do' list - begin with 3-5 tasks that are priorities.
Have an action plan.
Keep a diary and put absolutely everything in it!
Breakdown tasks into manageable units to stop procrastination. Smaller tasks are less overwhelming than large jobs.
Do the easiest or most enjoyable task first so that you get off to a good start. This works for some people while the opposite works for others. Some people like to get the unpleasant work out of the way so they can enjoy the rest.
Set yourself deadlines - and stick to them.
Focus on your goals.