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Have you ever planned on doing something that you later change your mind and do it later? Have you been in a process of performing a task and later leave it aside just because you get distracted by a pleasurable thing? Do you like postponing tasks? Well, these are things one way or the other we cannot get rid of, and it all shows signs of procrastination.
Procrastination in simple terms is an act of knowingly postponing a task at a particular time to do something more pleasurable which causes time-wasting. For example, Esther postponed her week assignment to sleep and play games and later rushed to finish her assignments in the eleventh hour.
Why do we procrastinate?
There is no singular cause for procrastination. Everyone has his or her own preferences as to why they procrastinate. Most people do that to do more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable things, and this becomes a battle for most people to deal with.
Identifying your procrastination triggers.
Everyone has something within them that triggers them to procrastinate due to their human nature. They are called (procrastination personalities} and are grouped into five.
Perfectionist: The group of persons who find it hard to finish, always seek the perfect timing of approach and are caught up in a never-ending cycle of addiction, edits, and deletion to complete the task perfectly. Their trigger action is that they are afraid to finish.
Dreamer: This group of persons has the zeal to make numerous plans and even share with people but are afraid to start. Here their plans stay as a dream and never turn to something worthwhile. Their trigger action is that they are afraid to start.
Self – Saboteur: They develop a fear of making mistakes or doing anything wrong They have that notion that ‘by doing nothing, bad things won’t happen’ due to past experiences. To avoid this, they do nothing at all and stay in their comfort zone. Their trigger action is being afraid to make mistakes.
Crisis Junkie: They are mostly termed as the’ last-minute people ‘. They deliberately push back work until the last minute and frequently undermine the time needed for their task. They also mostly are confident that they will be able to finish their task on time. Their trigger action is being afraid to spend enough time.
Busy Bee: They do what they feel like they should do rather than they need to do trigger action is afraid to spend too much effort because there’s a lot to be done.
Set out a clear Strategy of attack
After identifying your triggers to procrastination, you deal with the triggers by setting out a clear strategy of attack. Below is the step by step strategic approaches for each personality.
Perfectionist: The Perfectionist personality ought to redefine what the word perfect means to them. Clarify what their expectations are in concrete terms, tangible enough so their brain can recognize and understand them. Also, this personality must consider the superstructure method which is a simple way to break down action or goals into three categories.
They are; ” Must-haves “which deals with essential ways to fulfill your objectives,” Should have” which centers on important stuff but not critical enough, and ”Good to have” where the personality has no negative impact on their results. Start with your objective and define it clearly and questions you need to ask yourself about the output you want to achieve and the quantity you’ve put to complete your objective.
The use of the Super Structure Method helps the Perfectionist personality to set their standards, set time budget, and really have to give up on already polished things for quality results.
Dreamer: This personality is always afraid of starting a task or goal and that trigger can lead them to procrastinate. The strategy to attack this trigger is to turn the visions into objectives and willingness to achieve. You should be willing to invest your time and energy to fuel up your dreams. Map the dream to reality, set achievable milestones, and make sure to commit to your deadlines so as to get things done.
Self-saboteur: These set of personalities are afraid of making mistakes. To reduce or get rid of procrastination they must consider the following; they must understand their intention, get clarity, and desire to overcome fear. Also must be able to manage your risk thus managing fear, make the risk as low as possible, build momentum by taking action each day and maintain persistence, and focus on your actions.
Busy bees: They are super energetic people that basically get things done. They are afraid of spending too much effort on one thing or tasks while she or she can use a small amount of time to finish. Their main strategy of attack is to ”Focus “.
They need to focus on tasks with the use of the Super Structure Method to set your priorities right and help your brain to compare tasks in order to project themselves well. Also, set deadlines and a little bit of time pressure. They need to focus on ”must-haves”, “should haves” and “good to have” tasks, as explained ( under Perfectionist) so they don’t have to waste time on the unnecessary and also to understand and visualize what you have to do or not.
Why Do We Want to Overcome Procrastination?
The need to overcome procrastination is not a habit adapted just straight to the point but it involves a process of conscious effort. ‘
To overcome procrastination is simply to give you more time to do things you really want to do. Spending more time on things you want to do more than things you need to do shapes your focus. ‘
How can we achieve this one important word, “focus“? Focus is a skill that lets you do more by doing less. In other words, utilizing your time to do more tasks in a less specific amount of time given. The Focus system is a skill that needs to be adapted thus doing less doesn’t mean setting for less. It means fewer but higher-value things with higher quality.
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