Procrastination – The action of delaying or postponing something.
Your first tip is to avoid procrastination.
|synonyms:||dithering, delaying tactics, dilatoriness, stalling, temporizing, hesitation|
We all do it, and it’s nothing new. Avoiding tasks you know you should do, but you can find a million reasons why you can’t do it right now. In fact, you’ve probably stumbled across this whilst you’re meant to be doing something else, but just this once, read on to get yourself back on track.
Whether it’s revising for your theory test with YBFIT Training, or going out on your first run in weeks, the longer you leave something, the bigger a task it feels like.
It’s definitely true to say that it’s all too easy to get distracted these days, believe me i am the biggest culprit of this and can easily jump from one task to another without completing the first! Our thumbs are constantly primed, ready to jump on our phones at a second’s notice, and social media is feast of distracting bitesize bits of fleeting information – all just a click away.
So what can you do to stop procrastinating? When you feel that itch to make an excuse, what steps can you take to override your first instinct and just do it.
The impulse to procrastinate comes from our basic instinct to avoid suffering – however small. Many of us are motivated by short term, instant gratification. Going through something uncomfortable, like a hilly run in the rain, is difficult to link to the long-term satisfaction and happiness that it can lead to – like being fitter, healthier and happier (often immediately after).
Having the mental strength to take a second to reframe your view of the unappealing task is really all you need. If you’re reaching for your phone, about to go for another meaningless scroll through social media, stop in that instant and consider – do I really want to do this, or am I just on autopilot? Is this a good use of my time?
Most of all, when you’re about to procrastinate – use perspective to your advantage. Yes, it’s very easy to succumb to the quick fix, easy option, but what are your mid, or long-term goals, and will this activity help you reach them?
Aside from the mental battle to overcome procrastination, there are some practical steps you can take to help. Plan your task into bitesize chunks, it might sound simple but some ‘goals’ we set ourselves are actually really vague and nonspecific. By planning the stages of how you are going to reach the goal, you will make it feel more manageable and achievable! Be warned though, don’t get stuck in the planning phase – set aside a sensible amount of planning time, and stop once it’s up.
Most of all, don’t be intimidated by the task! Believe in yourself, make the task seem smaller and well within your ability, and you’re halfway there.
What are your tips for stopping procrastination? Let us know…