Everyone procrastinates at some point in their life. Even the most successful people on Earth have put off their work till the last minute, simply because they don’t want to do that. But have you ever wondered why people procrastinate in the first place? Although some see it (in themselves or others) as laziness, there might be something else at stake.
Psychology has long assumed that people who procrastinate have a skewed sense of time — that they think they’re going to have more time to do it than they actually do. While this may be true for some, distress management has emerged as one of the key factors that lead to procrastination, according to recent research.
Nevertheless, don’t let your life defined by this term. Here are the 5 ways to manage your procrastination and take control of the rein of your life:
- Acknowledge Why You’re Procrastinating
You often procrastinate because you don’t want to do it for several reasons: it’s tedious, it’s challenging, or you’re afraid and flustered about your shortcomings. Start by figuring out why you’re procrastinating, so you know better how to handle it. Find your weakness first and then slowly work on it.
- Chunk down your goals
People are usually afraid of big tasks and this is one of the reasons they procrastinate. After all, what they’re doing is intimidating. One way to help navigate a significant objective is to break it down into smaller, less challenging steps.
You won’t procrastinate around with a more trivial, more workable task like you would with a big, complicated job. Making it simpler for you by breaking things down into smaller measures, you’re going to be less scared and more effective.
- Measure your accomplishments
Monitoring your progress helps you engage in the task, bolster the progress you’ve made and built confidence as you step closer to your target. It also helps you to stay motivated when things get complicated, and you decide to quit.
- Reward Yourself
Especially when you get rid of old bad habits and try to replace them with new patterns or habits, a reward program is a helpful way to support yourself through the difficult transition. Try to keep the rewards healthy, like relaxing or doing a workout, etc.. In this way, you are not substituting one bad habit with a different bad habit.
Remember that the actions you do today can help you prevent a crisis tomorrow. You don’t want to cry over your impending work later on just because you wanted to procrastinate. So, stop being a ‘pro’ in procrastinating, and start hustling today, or at this minute.