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Do you procrastinate? Find out they why, the consequences and the solutions

Do you procrastinate? Find out they why, the consequences and the solutions

Do you procrastinate? Find out they why, the consequences and the solutions

Do you find yourself procrastinating often? 20% of people asked identify themselves as chronic procrastinators.  Are you one of them?

As per the dictionary, procrastination is the act of procrastinating; putting off or delaying or deferring an action to a later time.

According to a procrastination expert Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago there are 3 types of procrastinators:

  • arousal types, or thrill-seekers, who wait to the last minute for the euphoric rush.
  • avoiders, who may be avoiding fear of failure or even fear of success, but in either case are very concerned with what others think of them; they would rather have others think they lack effort than ability.
  • decisional procrastinators, who cannot make a decision. Not making a decision absolves procrastinators of responsibility for the outcome of events.

In addition to that I would add that we tend to procrastinate if we don’t like to do something, or feel we are tired or we are bored, or we don’t want to face someone.

However, there are usually serious to mild consequences of our procrastination especially when it becomes a habit.

  • Work gets accumulated and that increases our stress and anxiety that can seriously affect our health and wellbeing.
  • Projects never get finished.
  • Low self esteem due to lack of accomplishment.
  • Feeling stuck, unable to move forward or progress.
  • Bringing tension in relationships at home and at work.
  • Miss out on things of importance or opportunities.
  •  Can be see as unreliable or untrustworthy.
  • Waste time on insignificant things.
  • Stops you from taking action.
  • Miss important deadlines.
  • Experience financial difficulties.

The list could go on but I think you get the point.

If you find that you tend to procrastinate, figure out first the real reason behind it.  If you don’t know the route it could prove to be more difficult to change.

Once you understand what type of procrastinator you are (as per the above descriptions) then it becomes apparent why you procrastinate.

Then you can use your conscious mind to talk yourself out of it.

If ovecoming procrastination is part of the things you would like to achieve here are some ideas:

Think of the benefits gained by completing the task.

Every time there is a task that needs to be done and you start hearing your mind bring a thousand and one reasons to stop you from doing so, take a conscious charge of your thinking process and bring up all the reasons as to why you should do it now or at the time you have put aside for that task.

Finding the reasons of why you should do it, is finding the benefits that can be gained or experienced by completing that task.

See the pleasant aspects of the task

You can also figure out how to perceive the task in a more pleasant way if deep down you don’t like doing it so you can reduce your inner resistance.

Schedule

Another helping tool is to create a schedule. Allocate time for work, time for fun, time for rest, time for the family and time for friends and socializing. This way you will know what you have to do when and then you just have to make sure you stick to the schedule.

Eliminate time wasters

Make sure you eliminate all the unnecessary time wasters from you schedule and don’t mix up your planning by doing the wrong thing at the wrong time.

Use deadlines

Another helpful tip is putting a deadline for every task.  If projects linger indefinitely they will never get done. So make sure you complete the project before that date.

Tackle perfectionism

If you feel that you are not taking action because you are not perfect or “good enough yet” and waiting till you are or till the project is perfect before you submit it then it will never happen.  If you feel there are more skills that need to be acquired, then acquire them. However, usually it’s a perception that you possibly have and need to remind yourself that perfection may never be there so look for the second best to that and take action.

Ask for help

 You might find it helpful to have someone close to you, who can play the role of reminding you and prompting you towards completing a task, or encourage and motivate you.

 Ask for professional support

If you procrastinate due to low self esteem and you are overwhelm with fear of failure, or fear of success or fear of what others will say or think of you, or be seen as inadequate then there are complimentary modalities out there that can help you get rid of these fears and boost your confidence and morale.

 

 

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Konstadina Sadoriniou Konstadina Sadoriniou is an internationally renown coach, mentor, trainer, speaker and author in the field of personal and professional development with an experience spanning more than 2 decades. She is the founder of the Positive Change Academy which aims to assist conscious entrepreneurs transform their business in a way that they can attract more clients, more success and more profits; learn ways to cope with the changes; reach their full potential and evolve by walking the path of continuous progress. To receive her empowering guide “104 ways to re-claim & hold your personal power” as well as her content rich e-zine, subscribe today at www.positivechangeacademy.com

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