4 Ways To Control Procrastination

4 Ways To Control Procrastination

Do you consider yourself to be a procrastinator?  Is it normal behavior for you to do your not so important tasks first, knowing you really should be working on your most important tasks instead?  If you answered yes, then you may be a procrastinator and are not admitting to it.  Ask yourself these questions to help you determine why you may delay doing your most important tasks first . . .

  • Do you fear the task is too difficult and once completed it will not be perfect?
    Or your finished project will be rejected and you will be discredited?
  • Do you let distractions take precedence over the important tasks, because you feel the assignment is too time consuming?
  • Do you feel that it is a major responsibility and you will not be able to finish it successfully?

I believe it is safe to say that most of us are guilty of deferring starting to work on our most important duties at times.  However, if you are a true procrastinator you will regularly practice waiting until close to the deadline, before starting to work on and finishing your most important responsibilities.  As a result, you end up completing it in less time than you originally had taking away your opportunity to do your best work.  One way you can overcome procrastination is to boost your confidence in yourself and your capabilities.

How Do You Plan to Control Procrastination?

Normally when you reschedule work for your most important duties to a later date, it may be due to the way you are feeling about the responsibility and not what is necessarily true about it.  Consider this, sometimes you may feel that you are not capable of performing a task perfectly and in actuality this is not true.  You are competent. Change your thoughts by thinking and saying encouraging words to yourself, which will encourage you to start the task in sufficient time.  As a result, you allow yourself to put forth your best effort and are more likely to be satisfied with the finished assignment. Do not forget to commend yourself for a job well done.

Consider these techniques to help you take a disciplined approach in starting important tasks which may be stressful for you:

  • Be confident in facing any fears you have regarding the responsibility, by managing your thoughts reassuring yourself that you will do an acceptable job. Calmly eliminate any doubts you may have about the finished task, by praising yourself for successfully completing it in ample time and that you did a good job.  If necessary, acquire the knowledge and skills you may need in order to successfully complete the task.
  • Get motivated by defining and scheduling small simple goals, which are easy to achieve and puts you on target for completing the task on time. In you prioritizing, planning, scheduling, and completing smaller more manageable activities for a task can boost your confidence helping you to realize that you can complete time consuming task on time and successfully.
  • Determine why you are delaying the important task. Get rid of the why with positive thoughts, by convincing yourself and believing that the why is not true.  Then get the task done.
  • Eliminating all distractions will increase your ability to focus on completing the task during the time you planned to work on it.

How to Improve Success at Work and Life

In using some of these suggestions may help you to learn how to improve your success at work and in life for completing important tasks you keep delaying.  Allowing yourself to be victorious in getting control over this habit can be satisfying, because of what you are able to accomplish.  It will help increase your momentum and excitement in moving forward to complete other tasks that you may feel are too difficult or time consuming.  Overtime, you can learn how to overcome your habit of procrastination.

Confidence and believing in your abilities can help you to defeat it.  Do not underestimate yourself and ability to triumph over being a procrastinator.  You will be amazed how changing your thoughts, boosting your confidence, and time management skills can help you to save time and stop pondering over starting important tasks.  Mostly, those who procrastinate know they are procrastinators, but choose not to address it or simply are not willing to commit to changing.

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Mae Newsome
Mae Newsome is a Certified Professional Coach and Human Resource Associate who has established a professional life coaching service that focuses on career development, time management, balance and self-care, and interpersonal conflict resolution.