How to overcome procrastination?

Last updated August 13, 2019 at 02:21 AM

Everyone procrastinates, even the hardest workers. The difference between these workers and the others lies in the way they manage their procrastination. In this article we will discuss how to overcome procrastination.

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What is procrastination?

According to wikipedia, Procrastination is a term relating to psychology which refers to the pathological tendency to systematically postpone certain actions (whether they are limited to a specific area of ​​daily life or not). ” - it is also the tendency that we have, to always postpone until tomorrow the activities that we can do now. Be careful, procrastination is completely different from laziness which is “a propensity to do nothing, a reluctance to work or effort".

To better overcome procrastination, it is important to know its causes.


Causes of procrastination

There are endless causes that can cause us to procrastinate. All these pretexts have only one thing in common: fear. We often notice as a cause:

  • The fear of failure: also similar to perfectionism. When you do a few things, don't wait until you feel like your product or work is perfect before you present it. Jump into the bath, it's not deep and you won't risk drowning. At the very least, do a few things that are presentable.


  •  Fear of success or success:  it is the fear of suffering and work that awaits you if your activity becomes a global success. You are afraid of not being yourself anymore. Stop taking the lead, it is not for nothing that teamwork exists.


  • Fear of losing autonomy and independence: when we are given a task even if at the start we are motivated, we quickly lose the desire to do it and we put it off until the next day. Why? It's because we say to ourselves “I'll do it when I want to” or “I'll do it when I want it” or “when I feel ready. If you are in this case, it is recommended to reward yourself with each completed task, no matter how small.


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  • The fear of effort:    This is the cause that most often dominates. The fear of effort is the main reason that pushes us to postpone our tasks until the next day. If you scratch deep in your heart, you will find that this is the task that seems to take a lot of effort from you that you throw back away from you ... much like a tennis ball.

The consequences of procrastination

We have just seen that we procrastinate to avoid stress and the more we do it, the more we sink into the comfort zone. At this stage, we instinctively do everything to never leave this area. There we can say, that we are becoming lazy. Here are some examples of the consequences of procrastination.


  • Agoraphobia: an agoraphobic person is a person whose comfort zone is his home. Just stepping through the door of his house fills him with terror.


  • Shyness : a shy person is a person who procrastinates in talking with others. By dint of avoiding talking with people, he created a habit. He therefore builds a comfort zone which is in solitude. This person will avoid social events and even interviews for high paying work.


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No matter what form procrastination takes, the most important resource we lose is time. When we spend the time sleeping in our comfort zone, the opportunities, opportunities and all the good things pass away. Seeking to overcome procrastination therefore amounts to stepping out of your comfort zone.

How to overcome procrastination?

We said above that procrastination wastes precious time, and when time passes, opportunities and opportunities for success pass. To overcome procrastination in general, you must apprendre to love the effort.

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Stress is not a bad thing and is never permanent. Understand that the more we flee the suffering of effort, the greater it will be. When we face it head-on, this pain diminishes to become a force. People who often face their suffering have great self-confidence because they are used to facing the penalties due to setbacks.

Many of us appreciate films in which the heroes overcome great difficulties. We love twists and turns. And when it all ends well, the series or film will be forever remembered. This time it's time to be the hero of our life. It's okay if you want to be the bad guy. It becomes your problem.


The different strategies to overcome procrastination


        1 / Make a list

You have to get into the habit of making a list of the activities you plan to do, in the month, by week or by day. The list of daily tasks must be a maximum of 3 to 4. In English it is called a todo list. Whenever a specified task is accomplished, one gets a sense of accomplishment. If you go for a daily todo list, make it a habit to do it just before bed or very early in the morning before you occupy yourself.


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        2 / Be focused:

Concentration is not something you often learn in school. It is very important in learning and completing a task. One of the best way to focus on a task that is a real “pain” is to use the Pomodoro technique. The steps of the technique are summarized like this:

  • Determine a task
  • Set your time to 25 minutes
  • Do a task during this time.
  • Take a break 3 to 5 minutes after this time.
  • Every 4 podomori, take a break of 15 to 30 minutes.

For each task you do, take 25 minutes to do just that. After these 25 minutes take a 3-5 minute break then continue. After four repetitions, take a 15-30 minute break before continuing.

This method allows you to work for a long time while maintaining a high level of concentration. It also keeps your performance for a long time.

      3 / Be uniform

It is about getting in the habit of making the todo list and then carrying out the tasks with the Pomodoro technique. The more we do it, the more we get used to it and the number of tasks done in a short time will be surprising.


      4 / Make your procrastination useful

When we procrastinate all the time, we end up getting bored. Not because there is nothing more to do, but because we are running away from our real tasks. Procrastination can have its source lack of motivation. When we put things off until the next day, we have to do what we are passionate about or constructive things instead.

Research has shown that successful people often procrastinate very productively. Some people use procrastination as a stress trigger in order to work hard and efficiently on a task. Others use it to give themselves time to think, come up with ideas, or mentally solve problems. It's up to you to find out how you can make your procrastination useful.


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