How to overcome procrastination? What is procrastination?
Procrastination is an issue to persuade yourself to do things you should do or things you would like to do but you never have time. When you procrastinate, instead of working on meaningful and important tasks, you find yourself doing trivial activities that don’t really matter like watching Netflix.
“While we waste our time hesitating and postponing, life is slipping away.”
We have to realize that very often procrastination is something that blocks us from getting things done, living the dream life that we want to live, and making the right choices.
People often regret things they haven’t done than the things that they have done and felt like they failed. The guilt and feeling of missed opportunities remain with us years and decades later.
When you procrastinate you waste time that could be invested into doing something meaningful and positive for your life in the long run.
Learning how to overcome procrastination is one of the most important skills that you can learn in life.
Why Stop Procrastinating?
You can read and learn as much as you want about motivation, time management, planning, and self-discipline but unless you decide to take action and change your habits and daily routines, your thinking and behavior will remain the same.
Procrastination is about a lack of action. Knowing is not enough. Action is needed.
Here is what can help you avoid procrastination and take that action.
When you have a personal vision of your skills, priorities, and goals, life is easier, and you will not feel lost. Create your personal vision and write it down. It will help you stay focused on the right activities and it will keep you on the right track setting up priorities to avoid switching between two or more different activities.
Have a clear vision of what moves you and motivates you, and don’t forget it. That will enable you to remain disciplined and to make the most out of every day.
If you have a long to-do list, forget about it. This will discourage you and encourage procrastination since you might think that you can’t do everything so what’s the point in even trying. Seeing a long to-do list can lead to frustration. You should create the list of only the most important and urgent things you should deal with today. Keeping your priorities on top of your to-do list and finding time for that is crucial. When you complete the most difficult task now, you will be motivated to complete the rest of your to-do list today.
Also, don’t ever leave the most difficult tasks for 9 PM when you are almost done with your day without any motivation to start something important.
The basics of personal development is to develop healthy habits. It’s easy to adopt negative habits but difficult to get rid of them and to replace them with good ones. When we develop a habit, we need less energy to complete a task. However, developing a new habit is difficult but very important for overall development. When developing a new habit, plan, learn, and track your progress to keep you motivated.
Schedule Meetings with Yourself
Although it sounds silly, having a meeting with yourself where you will focus on long-term planning and your personal growth is a crucial part of personal development. Remind yourself how far you have moved forward and all the things you have achieved. Meeting with yourself is definitely not a time to beat yourself up because you are procrastinating. Find time in your day to congratulate yourself and to motivate yourself to push forward.