I’m still not perfect.
Even though my default mode has shifted from “I’ll do it later” to “I’ll do it now,” I still sometimes procrastinate. When that happens, I tend to have a conversation with myself that sounds something like:
Motivated self: I can’t believe I haven’t done [whatever it is]. I’m ridiculous.
Procrastinating self: Don’t worry, you’ll get to it.
Motivated self: Maybe, but I feel lazy and like it’s weighing on me. I want to get it done.
Here’s something else that helps:
When I’m still having trouble finishing something, I think of this thing that a wise friend once told me. This wise friend had broken her procrastination habit and was, like me, a perfectionist. She told me this: “Sometimes I have to stop obsessing about getting an A and just get a B+.”
I was like, “Ooh. That’s good.”
So that's my advice to you, especially if you’re a perfectionist:
Stop obsessing about it and get a B+.
Is your perfectionism leading to procrastination? If so, stop obsessing and just do it. #nike
Here’s proof that this is an ongoing process for me:
Want to know the last time I procrastinated? Yup, this article.
Then this morning in the shower I had a little conversation with myself and heard my friend’s words, “Get a B+.”
So that's what I did. I got out of the shower and got it done.
It may not be perfect.
But it's done.
Why Do We Procrastinate
Procrastination is when you put off a task so as to do it at a later date. At times we want to do task when almost the deadlines is and some people even forget about these tasks forever. It is said that procrastination is a cause of failure for many people. Unfortunately almost everybody in the world is affected by this problem of procrastination. Procrastination leads to frustration, stress, wasted time, low self esteem, lost opportunities poor academic performance and shoddy jobs. However, if you took your time to manage your time and tasks well you will not have the problem of having to put off a task. Procrastination is therefore related with poor time management.
Reasons why we procrastinate
In most cases, people put off tasks that are not pleasing to them. They want to do what they enjoy first and then finish tasks that they do not enjoy last and in short times. It is thus true to say that people underestimate tasks and think they are easy and do not need much time and thus put them off to very close to the deadlines. Tasks that are complex or difficult will also be pushed to last in the list of to do. It is the human nature that we want to take on the easy tasks that we will enjoy. We also do not want to do a task that we dislike and will thus put them off to the last things we have to do. Another major thing that causes procrastination is being afraid of failure. Especially when you feel that you are not ready for that task. Anxiety will build up and you will choose to put off the task so as to prepare or wait for information from elsewhere. Many people also put off tasks because they are engaged or are trying to do tasks that they do not have passion for. Others want to put off a task and wait till they have good mode. It is good to note that once you start on a task you will soon have the good mode that you wanted for the task.
How to stop procrastination?
The best way to avoid procrastination is managing your time well. Once you have set out a to do list, you should make sure that you have the discipline to do follow the activities in that order. This will make sure that you do not put off a task. Always check a task properly so that you do not make the wrong judgment about it.