Procrastination is a mental state that can affect many individuals, and it can prevent them from completing their tasks on time. They may feel overwhelmed and stressed with the difficulty of their task, and procrastination can cause them to postpone the activity until it is too late. A little motivation might encourage people to take action and do their job, but the motivation is often a fleeting feeling. There are a number of steps that you can take to ultimately overcome procrastination in your daily life.
Fear is a factor that can hold you back from pursuing your dreams. You may be afraid of being successful, and you procrastinate on completing your task before the deadline. Fears are a subset of the area outside of your comfort zone because you do not know what you may achieve by completing a task.
Overcome your fear
Exposure therapy is a way by which you can overcome your fear. You can gradually expose yourself to your fear in a safe environment, and this will help you to expand your comfort zone. For instance, you may be afraid of heights. To combat your fear, you can begin by climbing ladders of increasing size until you are confident enough to climb objects of any height.
Understanding the feeling of being overwhelmed
Tasks may daunt you and cause you to feel overwhelmed because you are focusing on what is to come rather than the current stakes. You can decompose your overwhelming tasks into manageable ones that are smaller and less stressful.
“You may have multiple priorities throughout your day, but if you focus on one or two at a specific time, you can ultimately turn your overwhelmed behavior into a comfortable one.”
You may have multiple priorities throughout your day, but if you focus on one or two at a specific time, you can ultimately turn your overwhelmed behavior into a comfortable one. For instance, you may have a project that involves creating a new website. Throughout each day, you can focus on only one specific web page that you want to add to the big picture rather than try to design all web pages at the same time. This step can eventually become a habit if you practice it for all areas in which you feel overwhelmed.
Understanding uncertainty of the future
Sometimes, you may not know where to go next, and this can cause you to procrastinate. You may not know the next step that you should take, but you can take a step anyway and see where you are led. This can help you to gain clarity of your characteristics and understand where you want to head.
“You may not know the next step that you should take, but you can take a step anyway and see where you are led. This can help you to gain clarity of your characteristics and understand where you want to head.”
For example, your academic adviser may ask you, “What degree do you want to pursue while you are here?” You may not know what field you want to study, but you can take multiple courses of each field until you find one and pursue it as your career. In the process, you may discover your defining qualities and learn about your developmental skills. You may find that you can work effectively in a team, or you may discover that you are a hands-on individual. Ultimately, you can become more aware of yourself as a person.
Understanding human imperfections
It may be important to efficiently complete your tasks, but you may make mistakes in the process. You are not perfect, but you may take small steps to improve your skills in various areas. If you accidentally forget to make a number negative on a homework assignment, understand that you can improve upon that for the next time you are confronted with that situation.
Perfection is overwhelming
Striving to be perfect will only cause you to be more overwhelmed than you already are and procrastinate to a higher degree. If you remove the critic’s voice that may constantly be reminding you of all your mistakes, you expand your mind and gain a greater aptitude for creativity and productivity. You do not have to worry about the quality of your work as you remove the perfectionist’s pressure to work freely. However, after you complete a part of the task, be sure to check over your work. This can help you to improve your skills and not worry about amounting to the impossible standards of being perfect.
By understanding these hindering factors, you can ultimately overcome procrastination in your life. Whether you have a fear, a feeling of being overwhelmed, uncertainties about the future or stress from striving for perfection, understand that you can take small steps at a time to reach your next goal in life. You can make one or two things priorities in your life rather than several so that you can work on them and develop your mindset. Avoid worrying about being perfect because that will hinder your progress. However, commit to working with the creativity of your mind so that you can expand your comfort zone and avoid procrastinating.