Procrastination simply means “to delay something you planed to do only because you don’t want to do it” Shifting your plans for another time.
Procrastination is a very big problem almost everyone in the world is facing. It has eaten deep in the life of people in so much that many could not succeed in life due to procrastination.
Procrastination has made many to miss their opportunities in life. It has brought a lot of business men down, brought failure to students and so on.
In this article, I shall discuss the topic “Procrastination and how to overcome it”.
Everyone in life procrastinate most of the time. You have been planing to do a particular thing but you end up giving unnecessary excuses. You keep on postponing your plans.
One of the funniest thing about procrastination is that, no matter how long you procrastinate your plans or work, they are still there waiting for you until you decide to do it. The moment you procrastinate, the moment your plans or work increases.
There are several things that causes procrastination. I shall point out the major causes of procrastination before I proceed to the ways of overcoming it.
4 Major causes of procrastination:
Here are the major things that causes procrastination most of the time.
The number one factor that contributes to procrastination is laziness.
Laziness has always been associated with procrastination. When you become lazy to do things you will always procrastinate.
Lazy people don’t do away with procrastination as they always think there is enough time for them to complete their task or work.
I could remember when I was writing my 3rd book. Each time I think of completing the book I keep on postponing until I decided to wake up from my sleep of procrastination.
Inability to know the value of your task or work:
Most of the time, we procrastinate because we failed to know the value of what we are planing to do.
We fail to recognize how important that particular work, plan or task is. We lack the insight to see the importance of what we are planing to do.
A times we give out our time to unimportant things and forgetting the important ones.
Lack of plan schedule:
Procrastination comes as a result of lack of plan schedule. When you don’t draw your plans or write down the important things you need to do, you will always procrastinate.
Procrastination don’t just happen or you don’t just procrastinate. Most of the time it is as a result of lack of plan schedule. You failed to specify or write down the important things you need to do and why you must do it.
Poor time management:
Poor time management contributes to procrastination.
When you don’t manage your time properly, you will always live some important things behind which will make you to postpone certain things in other to find a solution to your problem first.
Time managed properly always cover many plans. Meaning that your ability to utilize your time will always help you to cover most of your plans.
Having know the 4 major causes of procrastination, I shall reveal to you the ways to overcome it.
3 Simple ways to overcome procrastination:
Recognize how Important your plans are:
No one will ever like to spend his/her time doing irrelevant things.
Know how important that particular thing you are postponing is. Check the other side of it to know what will happen if you fail to do it.
Ask yourself these questions:
What will happen if I fail to do this work?
What will be my benefit if I do this work?
What will I loose if I fail to carryout my plans?
Asking yourself these questions will help you to know the value or how important your task or plan is.
Manage your time properly:
Proper time management is another way to overcome procrastination.
When you don’t manage your plans properly you will always live some works behind. When that happens, you will always postpone certain things in other to finish the most important works or plans you have.
Proper time management is all about allocating a time to each of your plans or schedule, and keeping it.
Don’t wait till the last minutes:
Make up your mind to start doing your works now not later. Don’t wait till you are told that you have few minutes remaining.
When you wait till some seconds to go before starting your works or plans, you will definitely postpone certain things in other to fit in. Do everything you want to do right now, don’t wait till tomorrow.
Overcoming procrastination is a gradual process. By practicing the 3 steps discussed above, you will surely overcome it.
Keep working on it. Be determined and you will surely overcome it.
- I am Onwe Damian Chukwuemeka, a motivational writer. I believe in writing and inspiration. Keep calm! Go through my site and be inspired.