Procrastination: How to fight it?

How often do you postpone important matters and make difficult decisions? The urgency of the work goes to the background, but you still can not collect your thoughts in order to proceed with its implementation? An affirmative answer to these questions shows that you have already become acquainted with a state that in psychology is called procrastination.

What it is?

To begin with, it should be clearly understood that procrastination is not a disease. This is a condition in which a person tries to postpone "until better times" all unpleasant things for themselves. At first glance, it may seem quite harmless. However, imagine what will happen if you continually postpone the fulfillment of tasks of varying degrees of complexity and invent for yourself justifications of varying degrees of credibility. Conflicts in the family and trouble at work will be provided. Among the most common reasons for procrastination are usually allocated: low level of self-control, the presence of bad habits and the lack of clear goals. It is a mistake to equate such a state with laziness. The fact is that the procrastinator has difficulty concentrating and is constantly distracted from the goal. Work, he probably still does, but it will do it only at the end of deadline. And what about processes that do not have a clear time limit? The procrastinator can postpone such undertakings day after day. That is why this condition is important to learn to control.

Start the day. . . from an unpleasant affair

If the day begins with the implementation of some long-delayed case, the effect of procrastination will be reduced. Try to make a daily list of cases in such a way that the list is "headed" by the most unpleasant of them. Putting a check in front of a difficult accomplishment, you will surely feel a spiritual recovery and a burst of energy.

Distribution of an unpleasant routine

There are many cases from which people are not enthusiastic, but still continue to carry them out regularly. For example, cleaning in the apartment can be done as 1 time for a couple of days, so 1 time for a couple of weeks. The difference is that the second option requires spending much more effort and time than the first. Therefore, try to distribute an unpleasant routine evenly on the days of the week, so it will cause you less negative emotions.

To-do list

If there is insufficient level of self-control, planning can not be done without planning. In this case, large and complex tasks are recommended to be divided into several points. Consecutive implementation of each stage will be motivated to achieve the goal and fulfill all the points. Develop for yourself the most visual system. It is possible to number cases depending on their importance or complexity, mark the most urgent or recurring items.

Rest and "pleasant" things

When drawing up the list, pay attention not only to the important cases for which, in fact, your new to-do list was started. Let useful accomplishments in it alternate with pleasant actions. It can be watching a movie, reading a book, talking with friends, going to the store - any activity that can please you is suitable. The main thing is that for the implementation of "pleasant" cases, just as much time was spent as you planned ahead of time. Otherwise they risk turning into "loopholes", which will certainly take advantage of your internal procrastinator.

Help friends

Some cases, the implementation of which you repeatedly postponed, cease to be unpleasant and difficult, if you perform them in a pleasant company.

Who is your controller?

If you feel that you can not cope with procrastination on your own, do not hesitate to ask for help from relatives. The person to whom you trust the functions of the controller should have an influence on you. Praise for the fulfillment of the goals and scold for another exacerbation of procrastination will be part of his duties.

The influence of distractions

Try to write down for a few days what you spend your free time on. Analyzing the information received, it is easy to determine which factors are distracting you. Most often, procrastinators find themselves exposed to the entertainment offered by the Internet - updating the tapes in social networks, online games, watching videos. It seems to a person that he will spend 5 minutes on such activity, and then he will start working again, but begins to move from one site to another and loses the sense of time. It is necessary to temporarily protect ourselves from the influence of all distractions.

Procrastination is to some extent subject to every person. Instead of reproaching yourself for low productivity, start fighting it today and be sure to praise yourself even for the smallest successes!
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