Amber, the manager of a small advertising company, is a typical procrastinator. The huge amount of work triggers her to put off things. She often finds herself working late due to the fact that she has put off so many things during the day. The amount of paper work on her office overwhelms her. It takes a lot of cup of tea and chats with her staff before she hits on to the work in office. This is frustrating for staff because they have to keep chasing her for instructions. It is tiring and depressing for Amber because she feels trapped by it all.
Procrastination is the art of delaying or putting off doing something. Why it is serious offense when it comes into action in daily life. One reason might be that the work still has to be done and if people put it off eventually they find themselves trying to catch it at the eleventh hour. Due to base on immediate gratification principle it is easy to adopt the habit of procrastination instead of once-in-awhile phenomena. Why do people procrastination researches have shown following common reasons?
- Due to fear to failure
- Due to boredom of the task
- Temptation of other things
- Shortage of time
- People don’t know how to do the task
- Due to work fatigue
- People don’t have defined goals
This small assessment will help you to gauge your procrastination tendencies.
- Do you only start work on a project or task when the deadline is near?
- Do you find it hard in task initiation?
- Are you always short of time for getting task done?
- Does thought of completing work make you nervous?
- Have you got pending work of last month?
If your answers are in yes, then you are very close to Amber in procrastinating things with the procrastination syndrome. You will not work efficiently due to this hindering factor of procrastinate. Following tips will be very helpful in dealing with procrastination.
- Kick off instantly
- Define exactly what needs to be done.
- Divide the task into small chunks
- Attach level of priority to chunks
- Must label a dead line
- Eliminate all interpolations
- Leave time for last minute adjustments review and collations.
To summarize the things procrastination may be caused by fear, boredom or mere perfectionism. The most important factor for conquering procrastination is to kick-off instantly about a certain task. Divide that huge task into small steps. Attach priorities and deadlines with it. Do your best, many things need to good enough not perfect? Think positively about each task and visualize its completion. In last don’t ever forget to bribe yourself after completion of given project.
This beautiful narration of the author will clarify the philosophy of procrastination in very beautiful manner.
“The essence of procrastination lies in not doing what you think you should be doing, a mental contortion that surly accounts for the great psychic toll the habit takes on people. This is the perplexing thing about procrastination: although it seems to involve avoiding unpleasant tasks, indulging in it generally does not make people happy.”