There are a number of reasons why people tend to delay. One of the most common reasons is not having a good time management plan. Sometimes it seems like human nature to put things off when we are not sure what we need to do and when we need to do it. At times, having a large number of tasks at hand, but without a positive framework in which to do them, can feel quite overwhelming. In many instances this can result in getting nothing done at all.
Ineffective Time Management
Ineffective time management can lead to procrastination if you allow other activites to get in the way of the things you need to do. For many people, this includes often allowing unexpected visits or telephone calls from friends to take time away from their work or family responsibilities. All it takes is getting distracted by an extended telephone call to take away time in which you should have been working, and you will be delaying the tasks which you should have been doing.
Another common reason is not having a good time management plan. Sometimes it seems like human nature to put things off when we are not sure what we need to do and when we need to do it. At times, having a large number of tasks at hand, but without a positive framework in which to do them, can feel quite overwhelming. In many instances this can result in getting nothing done at all.
While occasionally an unexpected change of plans will happen, good time management means that it does not become a habit. When you do not allow procrastination to become a part of your everyday life, the habit of delay will be behind you, and you will be more productive in every aspect of your life.
SOLUTION: Focus developing good time management skills.
The Task Appears Difficult or Unpleasant
Another common reason for delaying is developing the habit of procrastinating on tasks which are difficult or less than enjoyable. You may be putting off a work project because it appears difficult and time-consuming; you may be delaying a much-needed visit to your doctor or dentist because you feel that it will be unpleasant. Instead of looking at these and other similar tasks as things which need to be done, and will lead to positive results, you may be delaying because you dread the experience.
SOLUTION: Focus on the positive results of getting the project done.
Failing to Realise the Importance of Specific Tasks
In many instances, people also delay when they find it difficult to grasp the importance of specific tasks. You may have developed the habit of procrastinating if you have not really thought about how important it is to get a project done on time, to assign priority to quality time with your family, or to make time for household chores. Whether you see your tasks at hand as positive or dreary, failing to realise their importance can make you much more prone to delaying them.
SOLUTION: Focus on the positive results of getting the task done.
You can often see people that are not persuaded by any sort of negotiation even when the terms are already greatly in their favour. These rebellious procrastinators are common in society. They deliberately delay tasks, defy standards, and falter expectations. Rebellious procrastination can be done by anyone, especially if they feel they are oppressed in some way and that the odds are against them.
The reason for procrastination varies for every individual. The exact reason for each person might not be directly pointed out, as some of those reasons have underlying causes that could have rooted deeper than an average procrastinator. On the other hand, the reasons stated above are among the most commonly seen reasons of why people procrastinate. Avoiding this kind of behaviour is never an easy task. It often involves an overhaul of personal behavior and outlook in life.
SOLUTION: If in case you find yourself procrastinating or chronically doing so, evaluate yourself, seek help of a professional if you may. This problem is not to be taken lightly as it may cost you your whole career and rob you of the life that you could have had.
There are individuals that treat failure as a stepping stone towards learning and ultimately success in life. Others, on the other hand have a different viewpoint on failure. It seems that failure has a devastating effect on most people, making them fall through the cracks and causing them to procrastinate instead. For a procrastinator, failure brings about lowered self-esteem and that results in procrastination. Although not all failures breed an unlikely future, once procrastinators fail to meet their goals in an attempt to succeed, they fall even deeper into procrastination ridding themselves of optimism and hope.
SOLUTION: Be around people who are good performers, not just knowledgeable.
Yes, you read it right. The horror of success. Unlike normal thinking individuals, certain procrastinators have fear of both failure and success. To these people, success only brings even more pressure. So much pressure that the next time they do something they tend to think that it takes too much of them and they fear that they may not make the cut anymore.
SOLUTION: Start small, divide into subtasks and try to complete subtasks one after another.
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About the Author. Karen Perkins is a Life Coach and Personal Hands-on Organiser. She enjoys helping busy people achieve results through effective lifestyle choices that improve their personal and professional lives.