Tips to deal with procrastination

  • By Seema Verma

“Have you paid the electricity bill yet”, inquired Vishal uncle on which his son Rahul replied “I will Dad, the deadline is not until the next week”, resuming the game that he was playing on his ipad. Trusting his son with this responsibility, Vishal Uncle forgot all about the bill. Days passed and Rahul was still busy with social networking chit-chats. It was only when the final day arrived did he realised what he was supposed to do. Immediately leaving all the trivial fun things, he convinced himself to complete the job at hand. Upon reaching there he had to stand in the queue for more than 2 hours (that day being the last), and finally after too much struggle, the bill was paid. If only had he done it previously, he would not have to suffer so much. This scenario prevails in almost everybody’s life presently. Today, more than 70% of the people put off important tasks to enjoy doing other things that they find more suitable. This habit of prioritizing unimportant jobs is called Procrastination.

Procrastination is a self-destructive habit of delaying important works at a later day in order to perform different unimportant tasks. This refrains the person from doing priority works that should have been done and thus their careers and potentials get adversely affected. It comprises of a complete cycle of avoiding important tasks, hiding from it as long as possible and then completing it on an urgent basis when it no longer can be avoided.

Tips to deal with procrastination:

Procrastination is like a disease that clings to a person without his own knowledge. Many a times it is seen that even the person remains in dark about his procrastinating habits. It is only in the hands of that very person to control this habit of his. For doing this, he has to first recognise that he has this habit. After accepting, he should delve deep in understanding the reason why it is happening to him. And then finally he should opt for the best possible ways to curb it. The various steps that can be adopted to control the habit of procrastinating are as follows:

Identification: The initial step is to know and accept the fact that a person is suffering from this habit. He should understand that it can happen to even the best of person, so he should not be negative in his approach. To accept this fact, these tips can be considered:

  • Making a list of the tasks that are to be done.
  • Prioritizing unimportant tasks.
  • Delaying important works for as long as possible.
  • Waiting for the right mood to complete priority work.

Reasoning: Several factors are important for a person to delay priority works. It can so happen that probably the job at hand is not interesting or appealing enough to the person who is supposed to complete it. This habit also happens to people who are not good organisers. They deem unfit to prioritize the work available by following a proper schedule. Again, if the person is a victim of lower self-esteem or if he thinks that he is devoid of the necessary resources, then also he may refrain from doing it on an urgent basis.

Controlling: One should always take into account that this habit will not disappear with a click of a finger. It takes time and patience on his part to curb this dangerous habit. Below are the various tips in order to control procrastination:

  • Announcing self-rewards on completion of jobs.
  • Asking other people to keep a vigilant watch on themselves.
  • Arranging the jobs on the basis of urgency.
  • Avoiding over-estimation of the dreadfulness of the job.

“Time Is Money”, almost everybody has heard this saying. So if you waste your time on low priority tasks, you are wasting your own money indirectly. That, in result, will affect your career and your potential. To conquer the ill-effects of this habit, it has to be identified first, then reasoned properly and then controlled in a systematic way. Only after this will the habit of procrastination can be eradicated completely. So don’t procrastinate and always remember “Time and Tide Waits for No Man”.