Understanding and Overcoming Procrastination

A Few months back my friend told me to write an article for the website Awesomengers and I didn’t write it, I kept on making excuses and sometimes there were genuine reasons. My friend asked me to collaborate with him in year 2018 and I kept on delaying, not that I didn’t want to! it was because I kept on thinking that maybe someday later.

Guess what? Today is the day. So hello readers, I am Anshika Sharma your new friend here. And I was a Procrastinator ( a part of me is still trying to fight the tempting urge of falling into the sweet trap which Procrastination offers; sweet but poisonous).

Procrastination and laziness, they aren’t same. Procrastination is delaying work when you don’t want to do it or when you are afraid to do something or start something new, while the latter one is because of being exhausted or lethargic or when you don’t have the energy to do something.

Do you remember when we used to get assignments as kids? We used to finish them as soon as possible, we wanted to be the first one to say ‘completed’. There was energy, zeal and positivity to be bright, to be good.

As we grew up, we somewhere lost that energy and vibes. Now when we get some projects, we keep on delaying them till the last moment. And in the last hours, we find ourselves cursing and full of frustration, aggression for not starting it sooner. Sounds relatable, right?!

Laziness is physical while procrastination is mental. Remember when you had a project to complete but instead you went to the movies or clubbing. It wasn’t laziness! it was your mind that delayed that project because you had the energy to dance all night. Duhh!!

Attachments are not good for heart and that’s why you shouldn’t be attached to procrastination either. Procrastination is a sweet poison, it first gives you the sweet sensation of relief of not doing anything and then poison you with the anger, irritation, frustration of piled up work.

I know it’s hard and painful to detach but remember there’s a reason why you don’t make friends with ‘snakes’. Because in the end, it’s you who is going to suffer and feel that burden on your shoulders. I’m not your parent or teacher who is schooling you. I’m just a person who suffered the wounds of procrastination and now who is trying to ease even a lil bit of pain.

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Let’s get on some breaking-up tips with this toxic partner ‘Procrastination’ –

• ‘Accept and recognise when you are procrastinating.’

• ‘Find out why you are procrastinanting.’

If you want to fight good then learn the history of your enemy.

Is it because you don’t know how to do that work?
No worries, we all have to start somewhere and there’s no shame in learning.

Is it because you are afraid that you’ll mess up?
We all make mistakes, it’s an inevitable part of life.  But to not do something just because you think that you’ll mess up, not confirmed but just because of that thought! Isn’t it a bit stupid?!
I’ll make mistakes and I’ll learn.’

Is it because you don’t find that work pleasing?
Life isn’t a movie, sometimes we have to do the work which we find boring, but if it needs to be done then why facing it later, when you can finish it earlier and enjoy later.

Effective time management and schedules’
Make a to-do list, prioritise your work and don’t forget to add some ‘me-time’ (it’s important to take care of yourself). Identify the work that needs to be done first and make your schedule accordingly.

1. Keep a check on your to-do list.
2. Know when you work the most effectively. Is it morning or evening time, and then put hard tasks to be tackled during your most effective time.
3. Learn how to make a proper schedule. Proper time management helps in effective working and low stress level in long run.

Don’t feel ashamed of procrastinating in the past. Forgive yourself and give yourself a new start.

Commit to your work.

Take help from your friend.
Ask them to keep a check on you, whether you’re delaying or progressing in the path.

Avoid distractions.
Break off this toxic relationship too! Don let these distractions kill your precious time.

Motivate yourself.
You can do it, believe in yourself.

At the end, don’t forget to reward yourself. Treat yourself for all the hardwork and strong will power to not procrastinate.

It’ll not happen overnight. It’ll take time. It’s easy to get indulge in bad habits but giving up on them, it takes courage, strong will, commitment and hardwork.

Darling, you’ll break these shackles,
It’ll be hard and painful,
But this situation must be tackled.”

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