Procrastination

  • 30 June
  • School Blogger

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”

Mark Twain

An American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer

 

There is a fancy word, for the act of delaying, putting away, or avoiding something by making it an excuse, the word is ‘procrastination’. The literal meaning is the action of delaying or postponing something. We all are familiar with it, we all have done it. Am I right? Yes, I am. Every time we procrastinate, we know that it is not right. And there is a great possibility that we will do the same next time as well. Yet we can’t act against our will. Something inside us doesn't let us.

 

What is this force and why do we procrastinate? According to psychology, there can be a couple of reasons, like lack of motivation. When there is nothing good for us upon the completion of a task. Many times, people don’t have a structured road map, they don’t know where to begin with. Then there is under or overconfidence. “O, this is just a one day task for me, I’ll do it tomorrow, or I can never do this”. Two different approaches, both equally wrong.

 

Sometimes, people have certain unpleasant experiences associated with a task that haunts them, and sometimes we are scared that they have set very high expectations for ourselves and for others. Our anxieties hurdle the path and we keep ourselves distant from our own success. So what can we do to procrastinate procrastination? Noticed the wordplay?

 

First step is always to accept. Accept that you are willingly putting the task away and you know you are doing wrong. Acceptance is the key, there is no point in lying to yourself. Ask yourself why the task is important and write it down. You need a reminder so create one. Organize your steps and supervise them. Make sure you stick to your plan. Set a reward and punishment when you do not.

 

When you turn anxious, remind yourself that this is just in your head. Trying and getting failed is always a better option than not trying at all. There may be a failure but there will be second chances, there will be new doors. By procrastinating you are shutting all of them down. Last but not the least, and this is my favorite, treat yourself. When you have fought out this will of delaying and do something as planned. Go and treat yourself. Eat your favorite food or buy something nice.

 

Psychology Today published an article on the same topic and it starts with this trailing line, which is so amazing that I want to end this article with the same. “Procrastination isn’t just a human problem. Newton’s First Law of Motion says that a body at rest will stay at rest until compelled to do otherwise.” So be the one in action not in rest.

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