How to defeat Procrastination ?

I’m trying to dive into the deep to find out productivity tips & mindset hacks that boost my productivity & helped me to live more passionate,more intentional life.
I started writing blogs,this must be started more earlier.But i didn’t. Do you know the reason? Because of Procrastination.So I think you must also know about this Procrastination.
Do you know what is Procrastination?
The reason behind  procrastination ?
Can we beat it?
How to avoid Procrastination?

What is Procrastination?

Latin: procrastinarepro-, ‘forward’, with -crastinus, ’till next day’ from “cras“, ‘tomorrow’.
It is the action of delaying or Postponing something.In sensible word it is the avoidance of doing something that needs to be accomplished by a definite deadline.Researchers stated it as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing something,95 percent of us procrastinate to some degree.It may be academic or non-academic or behavioral.
e.g -It is a common practice of most of the student to submit their assignments on the last date; Rescheduling the exam preparation(From today to tomorrow); etc
Fact: It is also common in animals.There are experiments finding clear evidence for “procrastination” among pigeons, which show that pigeons tend to choose a complex but delayed task rather than an easy but hurry-up one.

The reason behind  procrastination ?

In case of starting something new, the reason behind procrastination is quite common & referred as a negative trait due to its hindering effect on one’s productivity.It may be-

  • Depression: It makes us lethargy to do something.
  • Lac of confidence,Feeling helpless,Inadequacy etc. are  big reasons of being Procrastinated.
  • Impostor syndrome is common to more than 90% poeple.(Read more)

In case of delaying something already started, the reason may be-

  • Bad habit: Habit of scrolling facebook,twitter,Instagram,youtube are making you delay in your active work.
  • Lac of Time management.
  • Fear of next steps:Many of you started something that was not completed because the next step is fearful.
  • Lac of knowledge,lac of interest or may be Impostor syndrome.

Can we beat it?

As we know it is a behavioral or habitual or intentional issue, If you go through the reasons you will understand that everyone can beat it.But it is not so much easy.
An approach that integrates different core theories of motivation as well as meta-analytic research on Procrastination is the Temporal Motivation Theory.It summarizes key predictors of procrastination (expectancy, value, and impulsiveness) into a mathematical equation.

where, the desire for a particular outcome,
Expectancy or self-efficacy is the probability of success,
Value is the reward associated with the outcome,
Impulsiveness is the individual’s sensitivity to delay and
Delay is the time to realization.
The theory emphasizes time as a critical,motivational factor.This theory helps to understand the impact of time, and deadlines.It will motivate you to perceive that the deadline is near.We all know that as the exam comes closure, our study motivation get booster.Like that we can assign our deadlines.

How to avoid Procrastination?

Procrastination is a active process,you choose to do nothing or doing something other than the main objective.Here I am giving you some tips you may follow to overcome from Procrastination-
Step 1. Research yourself :
Research yourself WHY You are Procrastinating & enlist the reasons.Try to find out solutions for those reasons & proceed to the next step.
Step 2. Forgive yourself :
Forgive yourself for the past.No one can change past but can learn from it.Now motivate yourself & Let’s get to the work.
Step 3. Self Commitment:
Self Commitment for the Task. Commit to the task, focus on doing, & fix a deadline. You can use different applications for Task management.& Promise to not avoiding it anymore.
Step 4. Rewarding yourself :
Reward yourself for the Task. Complete a task on time, then reward yourself.It may be like eating something your favorite, a cup of coffee from your favorite shop etc. This will give you a boost on starting something. New pleasing experiences cause a rush of  dopamine, which not only makes learning seems exciting but also makes you want to repeat the experience.
Step 5. Task Management:
Organize your task, arrange Priority & act accordingly.Use To-Do List,Note taking apps,Reminder apps, task and time management apps.
Step 6. Minimize distraction:
It is very easy to fall into an infinite pool of wasting time by scrolling social media without realizing  it.Use social media for a limited time period & in a productive way only.Always think for the task priority & deadline.We can ask ourselves “What do I actually want to be doing right now?”
Step 7. Mentality shifting:
Shift your thoughts from “need to” to “have to”,“next time” to “this time”,“tomorrow” to “today”,“i will do” to “i am starting now” etc.
Other than these you can research more to avoid procrastination.Active procrastinating is complete habitual & Little by Impostor syndrome.I thing i described enough to start your task by NOW.
So…….Get to the work now!
Thank you.

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