If you have so many things to do that you often find yourself struggling to finish projects and tasks and move on to other stuff, you’re certainly not alone. Studies show that over 20 percent of the adult population put off or avoid doing certain tasks by allowing themselves to be overtaken by distractions.
So what is procrastination? And what can you do to prevent procrastination?
In this article, I am going to explain to youwhy procrastination is so difficult to beat and how you can stop procrastinating once and for all by following a step-by-step guide. But first, you need to understand how procrastination happens.
What Is Procrastination?
Piers Steel, the author of the book The Procrastination Equation: How to Stop Putting Things Off and Start Getting Stuff Done, defines procrastination in this way:
“Procrastination is to voluntarily delay an intended course of action despite expecting to be worse off for the delay.”
In other words, procrastination is doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones. The end result is that important tasks are put off to a later time.
This comic is one of the typical examples of procrastination:
The Challenge of Getting Over Procrastination
Human beings have limited self-control. Dr. Roy Baumeister, a psychologist from Florida State University, has been studying self-control and he has found that just like any muscles, human’s self-control is a limited resource that can quickly become exhausted. When self-control is close to being depleted, human tend to choose what’s more pleasurable– the immediate procrastinated tasks instead of the actual works.
At its core, procrastination is an avoidance strategy. Procrastinators choose to do something else instead of doing what they need to do because it’s much easier to choose pleasure over pain.
In short, procrastination is so difficult to beat because it is a battle against human’s natural enemy, a human weakness that is in-born.
How to Stop Procrastinating (Step-By-Step Guide)
Despite the fact that it’s human nature to seek for immediate rewards and procrastinate, here I have a step-by-step guide for you to follow so as to stop procrastinating.
1. Identify Your Triggers: The 5 Types of Procrastinator
Identifying the type of procrastination you personally experience is an essential step for you to fix the problem at its root.
Take a look at this flowchart here to find out what type of procrastinator you are:
Which type of procrastinator are you?…