Learn how to overcome procrastination with 8 attitudes – WAU
The desire to put it off for later can no longer beat us. Discover 8 ways to do everything you need to do right now.
Have you ever had a day at work when everything seemed more interesting than your tasks? In a moment you are reading e-mails and, when it comes to you, are you surfing the internet looking at photos, looking for books or watching videos of pets?
The art of “leaving for tomorrow” is called procrastination. It has cause, effect and some ways of being circumvented. We have all been through this a few times and we know that some days are more difficult than others for the more distracted.
Therefore, it is necessary to understand what procrastination is, how it works and learn to overcome this adversity on a daily basis.
How about understanding a little more and making your work routine even more productive? Then read on, as we have prepared this content for you:
What is procrastination?
As stated, the definition of procrastination is “postponing until tomorrow”. The big problem, however, is that “tomorrow” is the time interval to which we send everything we don’t want to deal with and solve today, increasing the chances that it will fall by the wayside.
While deferring a task is not necessarily a bad thing, we need to be careful about how we are handling it.
It is common to postpone the next day for lack of focus, time or tools for its realization. However, we cannot let these tasks, like many others, be postponed more and more, being forgotten and hastily done by the deadline.
Procrastination is not postponing a task overnight, but continuing to postpone the same task over and over again.
How to overcome procrastination?
Procrastination cannot, under any circumstances, be ignored. It is necessary to analyze the causes of these continuous delays and find ways to deal with this adversity.
When you find yourself like this, in times of postponing the same task several times, what do you usually do to resolve the situation?
We have separated some tips that will help you increase your productivity and make procrastination increasingly rare. Check out:
1. Make lists
The first step to avoid falling into procrastination is to make a list. Upon waking up, survey everything you need to do during the day:
- what are your personal tasks;
- what are your job obligations;
- what are your academic pending issues.
Structure the list with a clear order of priorities so that you can guide yourself throughout the day.
This list is important so that you have a sense of everything you need to do and can manage time.
2. Record your progress
Record your progress based on accomplishing tasks.
It is necessary to keep in mind which tasks are finished, which need feedback from other people, which need other resources, etc.
All this documented progress will help you to understand what is missing, making sure that activities are not lost over time.
3. Control your deliveries
The control of your deliveries is directly linked to the annotation of progress.
Having a list of tasks that need to be completed that day and recording the progress of each one, you need to track deliveries.
Doodle the tasks as you finish to give the feeling of productivity and accomplishment.
Despite being a notoriously simple act, when done, it awakens the feeling that it is getting closer and closer to its goal: zeroing the list.
This positive reinforcement helps to increase engagement with the following tasks.
4. Choose a good work environment
Especially for those who work at home or have a different routine, having a calm work environment is an option to not fall into procrastination.
Think of a place with few items capable of distracting you and with colors that encourage focus and good organization.
There are some smells that, according to aromatherapy, help to increase the focus (like rosemary and lemon). If possible, have a diffuser with these fragrances in the room.
5. Eat well and have a good night’s sleep
Well-being is also directly linked to procrastination. It is necessary that you leave your body cared for and well-disposed so that it can deal with the tasks on a daily basis.
So that procrastination does not become routine, always make sure you have a good night’s sleep and a good diet.
6. Think positively
Having a positive mindset can also help to complete tasks. Quantum physics has a line of study that works on the energy of thought and how it influences our daily lives.
Keeping positive thoughts about your ability to start and complete tasks that are pending for that moment can increase your willingness and concentration to complete each one.
7. Create a reward system
Having a reward system also helps to stimulate the accomplishment of these pending tasks.
As stated, having a list to be able to cross out everything that has already been done is important to feel encouraged to continue doing the following tasks.
The tip is to create a reward system for each task crossed out on your list, creating a healthy competition with yourself, to understand what your limits are and to do your best to complete the entire list.
8. Have moments of breathing
In addition, it is interesting to have moments of breathing for your head to rest. Have you heard of the Pomodoro method? It is a matter of stipulating an absolute focus time and a few minutes of rest.
These short breaks are to calm your head and help you focus on the next task and so on.
Procrastination is very common and it happens to all of us. It is a natural human process, but it cannot become routine. Taking care of this type of adversity is essential for you to be able to maintain your commitment to work, studies and personal tasks.
Those who work as a freelancer need to be even more careful with procrastination. After all, your entire income depends on your working time.
How about learning what a freelance profession is like? Check out the podcast “WAUCast # 11 – Professions of the future: what is the life of a freelancer like?”.