At some point, everyone experiences procrastination. From putting off homework, to not finishing the chores around the house, everyone has done it.
However, does procrastination prevent us from achieving our larger goals?
The short answer is yes.
Procrastination is choosing to avoid completing something important. Most people procrastinate because they do not want to do something, or because they feel overwhelmed and can not add anything else to their plates.
When we set larger goals for ourselves and then put them off, procrastination serves as a roadblock to completing those goals.
For example, if you have always wanted to start your own business you probably know that it takes a lot of work. If you put off doing your research and putting in the effort it takes to start the business, then will there even be a business?
Procrastinating on getting the work done on your new venture will delay the business from even starting. Thus, the procrastination creates a road block between you and your career goals.
Procrastination is particularly frustrating because everyone does it differently. A student can procrastinate on a school project or homework, while a career professional may procrastinate on some of their tasks.
It does not even have to be work related, as procrastination even takes place in health related issues like athletic injuries and avoiding doctors appointments.
Everyone has procrastinative tendencies.
It may not seem like it matters, but when procrastination creates a road block between you and your goals, it is important not to ignore.
Do not feel discouraged.
Procrastination happens to the best of us, especially when we look at what we need to get done as a mountain to climb.
So, how can you beat procrastination? Well, the best way to beat procrastination is to always be prepared.
Expect yourself to feel lazy, or anxious and want to avoid what needs to get done. By being prepared to procrastinate, you can move forward with a better mindset.
Create Task Lists
Creating a task list for yourself will be one of the most useful tools when battling procrastination.
When you sit down with your coffee in the morning, pull up the notepad on your phone or piece of paper (if you’re old school) and write down all the tasks you need to complete that day.
There is something very satisfying about checking off or crossing out your to do list tasks.
By writing things down you are more likely to remember to do them as well, which is the beauty of the to-do list.
If you find all the work you’re doing to be overwhelming, make sure you are including sufficient breaks throughout your day.
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Give yourself five to ten minutes to sit back and relax. Calm your mind and your body, and take some deep breaths. You should feel a little more ready to tackle your projects after finishing your break.
Feeling a lack of energy? It’s probably because you are dehydrated. Drink a tall glass of water or grab a green juice to give yourself a boost of energy. This should help you feel ready to check off your to-do list.
Everyone procrastinates, it’s part of life. However, it is possible to outsmart procrastination and prevent it from being a roadblock when it comes to achieving your goals.
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