Overcoming Procrastination: 5 Best Ways of OvercomingThis Phase

Overcoming Procrastination:

5 Best Ways of Overcoming This Phase

Overcoming procrastination is not difficult especially if you are determined to be successful in life.  What is really procrastination?

Procrastination is the habit of putting tasks off to the last possible minute which can be a major problem both for your career and personal life.  Examples of side effects of procrastination are:

  • Missed opportunitiesOvercoming Procrastination
  • Frenzied work hours
  • Stress
  • Overwhelm
  • Resentment and guilt

So what are the roots causes of procrastination and are there any practical tools available that you can use to overcome it?

The typical behavior patterns of procrastination are seen in the many different ways that you go about tackling problems or issues that may arise. Sometimes you will procrastinate simply because you are overwhelmed with just too much on your plate, or you may be just feeling tired and lazy so that you keep postponing starting on something that you know very well is important in making a difference in your life.

Let’s now address these various causes of procrastination and consider intelligent ways to respond.

  1. Overwhelm
  2. Stress
  3. Lack of motivation
  4. Laziness
  5. Lack of discipline
  6. Time management

1.   Overcoming Procrastination – Overwhelm:

How long is your to-do-list?  As you sat down to prepare your to-do-list were you too ambitious and quickly found yourself with a list that is unreasonably long?  This can quickly lead to overwhelm and ironically you may be likely to procrastinate by just looking at the list.

Overcoming procrastination is accepting that your brain may rebel against the schedule which you have created as it finds it unreasonable.  In this case the message or signals that you will be receiving is that there is a need for you to stop and to reassess your true priorities which are simple and reasonable to meet.

2.  Overcoming Procrastination – Stress:

When you are stressed, feeling worried or anxious about something you will notice that this will have an effect on your productivity, both professionally and personally.  In certain situations you will find that procrastination works as a coping mechanism to keep your stress levels under control.

The best and wise solution ov overcoming procrastination for you will be to reduce the amount of stress in your life, and to spend more time working because you want to, not because you have to.  One of the best medicines comes from the famous proverb we use to hear as children is “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”.  Take time for play and do something that you love doing and that will revitalize you so that you can go back to the task at hand.

3.   Lack of Motivation:

Temporary laziness is part and parcel of life that most people will experience in their lives, however if you suffer from chronically low motivation and you just cannot seem to get anything done, then it is time for you to let go of immature thoughts and to embrace life as a mature adult.  You need to discover your true purpose in life, your calling which will get you up and actively engaged.

Until you are able to identify your inspiring purpose, you will not be able to come close to achieving your potential, and your motivation will always remain weak.

4.   Overcoming Procrastination – Laziness

We often procrastinate because we are feeling physically or emotionally drained out.  If you find yourself in this pattern, it is very easy to get stuck due to inertia because an object at rest tends to remain at rest.  Feeling lazy, when simple tasks seem like too much work because your energy is too low compared to the energy are some of the type reasons for procrastination.

Feeling weak and unmotivated should not be the norm in your life, you need to find a pattern on how to disrupt this behavior as soon as you are aware that it is looming on you.

The best solution is straightforward and simple – just get up and physically move your body.  Exercising helps a lot to raise your energy levels, sending more oxygen in the brain.  When your energy is high, tasks will get easier and you will be less resistant to taking action.

5.   Lack of Discipline:

You may be highly motivated and yet you will encounter tasks that you do not necessary want to do.  In this case you will need to have self-discipline as a backup system.  The best part of feeling highly motivated is that you do not need much discipline as this will come in handy when you need to get something done which you may not necessarily be keen on.  Avoid weak self-discipline as procrastination will be just too tempting to resist.

6.   Time Management:

Overcoming procrastination has several causes and one of them is lack of time management.  If you find you are falling behind appointments or deadlines which you set yourself or have to meet, be it intentionally or unintentionally, you need to review your time management.

You need to device a new habit to replace these setbacks that you are experiencing as a solution.  You need to embrace a different strategy, get the right tools under your belt so that you are not being a prey of your time management.

2 Responses so far.

  1. Great Article Elizabeth Horlemann"Don't get motivation confused with inspiration, you are the only one that can motivate you" Sonya withrow.

    • admin says:

      Hi Sonya, thanks very much for the feedback. You are right there is a thin difference between motivation and inspiration, thin and yet powerful.