Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Procrastination: 7 Signs & How To Fight Them

Procrastination: 7 Signs & How To Fight Them
We all do it to some degree or another; put off for tomorrow what we know should be done today.
Postpone the inevitable pain for the current moment of pleasure.
But we know that even if we can manage to put it out of our minds for the present, it will eventually come around and bite us on the butt and disturb our external calm demeanor.
Below are some of the symptoms of a Procrastinator and several remedies to try:
1. Lack of Vision
Not having a clear vision for the future is one of the biggest reasons people procrastinate. If you can't see the benefits of completing certain tasks why would you bother starting them?
Remedy: Have a clear picture of all that needs to be achieved and the reasons why. You are much more likely to be motivated to get going and get things done.
2. Lack of Time
Lack of time is the most popular excuse bandied about for not getting things done. But fortunately there are very few people in this world that don't have the scope for becoming at least 10% more efficient.
Being busy doesn't equate to being efficient. Regularly when someone lacks time in their lives, it is due to poor organizational skills, poor prioritization or the inability to say no.
Remedy: Learn to become more efficient with your time. This can free up many hours a week to get the more important stuff done.
3. Lack of Organization
The infamous words of Peter Druker say it clearly: "Fail to Plan and Plan to Fail". If you are disorganized and don't keep a schedule you are likely to forget tasks and miss deadlines.
Remedy: Keeping a schedule will help you to track all the chores you have to do and ensure that vital tasks aren't forgotten.
4. Tiredness
Some will use the excuse of being too tired to get started. Many people delay and procrastinate on their home duties because they are too tired when they get home from work.
Remedy: Find out the reason for your tiredness. Are you eating right? Are you exercising? Not getting enough sleep? Find your reason and try to remedy it by changing your ways.
5. Fear
Fear of the outcome can be another delaying factor. Some people fear failure; they won't be able to do the task to a good enough standard so they delay in getting started. Others -- believe it or not -- fear success. They may think that by completing a certain task, the outcome may lead them places they are unsure they want to go.
Remedy: Become clear about the consequences of completing or not completing a task.
"Clarity brings Power." - Anthony Robins
6. Easily distracted
In the modern age we are bombarded with technology and external stimulation that makes it difficult to stay focused.
Remedy: Turn off email notifications and only check emails at allocated times during your day. Switch off your phone and allow messages to go to voicemail. Close your office door and let people know you are not to be disturbed. Remember to stay in control of your technology and not let it control you.
7. Feeling Overwhelmed
Some tasks at hand can make us feel overwhelmed, mostly because we don't know how to get started.
Remedy: Break tasks down into bite sized chunks. Then break them down even more. Plan each part of the task so that you are focusing on completing the sub-task rather than the overall task. This helps to feel in control and not overwhelmed. Zoom in and zoom out every now and again to make sure you are moving forward with the overall plan.
But the best and simplest advice is to make a start on any important task. No matter how small or how insignificant in the bigger picture, just get moving.
In keeping with the laws of physics -- "An object in motion tends to stay in motion" -- you can start to get rid of procrastination simply by moving forward.

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