As we saw in our previous blog posts, there are many reasons for procrastination and there are various types of procrastinators as well. While these reasons help us to understand why we procrastinate and the particular type of laziness that we have, it still remains a habit that we have to work hard and change. Just facts and information are not enough. We need to get our hands dirty and take an active role in changing our habits. Some steps to do so are below:
Find out the reason for your procrastination:
Is your laziness due to perfectionism, over-anxiety or insecurity? The strategy to deal with it would depend a lot on the reason. One common thread, however, is having realistic expectations. Everyone fails and everyone makes mistakes. Imagine, if you let your fear of falling stop you from trying to walk as a baby, would you ever learn walking?
Know your patterns and play by them:
Now that you know that your procrastination comes from wanting your work to be perfect, be prepared for it. Check your mind whenever it tries to fool you, with questions like “can any human ever be perfect?” “is thinking like this, helping my goal?” and once you have established that this thinking is counter-productive, go back to doing the work you were supposed to. The idea here is that instead of taking your unhelpful thoughts seriously and letting them dictate your actions, you let them go on like radio chatter. You do not pay attention to them and do what you would ideally do in the absence of these thoughts.
Get in touch with your values:
Many a times, we may get lost in the short term. In the short term, delaying the work at hand and watching a sitcom seems like a fun prospect. But what we have to tune into is, “is this the value I want to stand for? Do I want to be known as someone who does a shoddy job by pushing things right till the end?” Usually, this acts as a powerful motivator because our values are very important to us. Whenever we contrast our long term values to our short term pleasures, values usually win. This is how many athletes stay motivated despite feeling tired or moody.
Don’t wait to “feel right”:
The biggest mistake we make is to wait for the feelings of energy or the feelings of confidence to come before we get started on a task. We feel that “only if I feel energized and motivated, can I do this task or can I start exercising”. The problem here is that the wait for the feeling is endless and stops us from starting at the task. So when do these feelings come? They come after accomplishing something, not before! For example, if a child learning to ride the bicycle keeps waiting to “feel confident” before he begins, will he ever learn? Confidence is the end-product of learning or accomplishing, not the starting point.
We hope that these tips will help you reduce your procrastination. For more, you can talk to a psychologist on our platform.
Head Psychologist at Type a Thought