Why People Procrastinate
Christina DesMarais of Inc magazine wrote a very detailed article on overcoming procrastination. Here’s a brief summary.
Lots of theories exist for why people put off until later things they could be doing right now:
- Fear of failure: Feelings of insecurity can be paralyzing.
- Believing that the best work is done under pressure: In practice this might work for some people, but the idea you can’t do good work until you have a deadline breathing down your neck is a cop-out and excuse for lolly-gagging.
- Perfectionism: Some people balk if the prospect of doing flawless work is in question.
- Disorganization: A big problem when it comes to checking off a to-do list is not having one.
- Depression: Feelings such as hopelessness and fatigue–hallmarks of depression–are demotivating, to say the least.
Whatever your reasons for procrastinating, it’s a good idea to figure out why you’re doing it and then change your modus operandi. In addition to hampering your success on the job, it acts as a stressor that can cause all sorts of physiological problems.
Tricks to Stay on Task
- Change your scenery.
- Get rid of your Internet.
- Quit waffling between projects.
- Quit Facebook.
- Keep a detailed to-do list.
- Figure out which tasks you don’t like doing and why.
- Don’t expect perfection.
- Tell someone you respect when you’ll finish.
When you have a moment
- The entire article on overcoming procrastination by Inc.com contributor Christina DesMarais.
- The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play (Niel Fiore)
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