Crushing your procrastination and Staying motivated
Crushing your procrastination and Staying motivated
Iman Shakeel
Engineering graduate

 

“If you want to get ahead in life, I’ve found that perhaps the most useless word in the world is “tomorrow.”

― José N. Harris

 

You get your exam schedule and you decide to set up a time table to study from the day next. You wake up the next day, look into your time table, count the number of days left until your exam and then decide to postpone your studies for the coming day. A month passes on and you still haven’t opened your books.  So, what’s the reason for all this procrastination?  Why is it that despite a month left, you always wait for the deadline to complete your work?

The deadline is nearing. However, instead of doing your work, you are piddling around with assorted things like responding to emails, updating stories on instagram , watching videos, surfing blogs and other forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing it.

We are all familiar with the phenomenon of procrastination. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks  till it’s too late. And when we run out of time, we panic and wish we had started earlier.

I have spent years of my life looped in this cycle of procrastination. Relaxing, draining time, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work and facing it only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and may turn into something nasty if we aren’t careful.Don’t let procrastination take control over your life. The question that’s popping in our head right now is how do you beat procrastination after all?

Try these simple techniques to uproot this deadly foe:

1.     Change your scenery-

It’s often that we don’t feel like doing our work because of the monochrome and dull surroundings around us. One of the best ways to get rid of procrastination is to change your scenery. Rather than sitting in front of your luminous screen all day, get up, move around, take a walk or simply do some squats. This will help change the frame of your mind and you will be able to get back to your work with boosted levels of serotonin.

2.   Hold yourself accountable-

Yes, Ask yourself at the end of the day about all that you have      completed from your to-do-list. You don’t need a motivation buddy for that. You can question yourself on how productively you have spent the day and how you could have made it better by investing your idle time into something better. Don’t blame anyone else for your day not spent well, but hold yourself accountable for every deed performed.

3.   Get rid of social media-

I know it won’t be enough even if I repeat this innumerable number of  times: Your social media account does more bad to you than good. There’s no doubt that it provides you with little good vital information. But to drain your time needlessly for acquiring less of good, it’s wiser to dump your online life. We are not here to argue and debate about the pros and cons of social media. Checking emails over and over again or scrolling through instagram all day won’t contribute in making your day any better. So, if you want to do better in life, get rid of your social media accounts in the first place.

4.   Time yourself-

 Ever heard of the pomodoro technique? The Pomodoro Method is a time management method that aims to provide the user with maximum focus and creative freshness while at the same time allowing them to complete projects faster with less mental fatigue. The process is easy to implement:

For every project throughout the day, you divide your time into short increments and take breaks periodically. You work for 25 minutes and then reward yourself with a break for five minutes.

Each 25-minute period is called a “pomodoro”, named after the Italian word for tomato. Francesco Cirillo as a university student used a timer shaped like a tomato, and hence the method’s name.

You can complete your large and varied to-do list using the Pomodoro Technique as it can help you drive through projects faster by forcing you to stick to strict timing. The constant timing of your activities will make you more accountable for your tasks and minimize the time you spend procrastinating.

5.    Stop looking for a perfect time-

There’s no such thing as a perfect time and it never existed. Are you waiting for a perfect time to do something? Maybe the perfect time to mow your garden or plant saplings. Are you searching for A, B,and C reasons to start doing your work?  Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

 Perfectionism is one of the main factors for procrastination. If you  keep searching for perfection, you are never going to start.

6.  Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it all turn down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you dont turn it into action, nothing’s going to happen.

Fast check:

I have never heard anyone stumble or delay on their way to success before and I doubt if it’s ever going to change in the future. Whatever it is that you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it right now.

No matter how hard you are stuck or how difficult things may appear. Relax, Breathe and change your performance with the little techniques mentioned. It’s never too late to inculcate something. The changes you make today may seem oblivious but worry not, because the seeds of towering trees are unknown when buried in the soil.