Picture this: Cool air streams through the window, a misty orange light from a desk-lamp floods your room. And there you stand at your study, with a cup of coffee in your hand, wearily watching piles of paperwork weighing heavily on your desk. The ambience of the room is just perfect to begin work, however a very familiar repulsive force holds you back from actually beginning the work. Does the first step seem very small yet so unattainable? If this sounds relatable, then you are not alone. Procrastination or the urge of putting things off until deadline is an ever-present curse to productivity in work and affects everyone. Procrastination makes us feel sapped of energy, unproductive, and lazy. So before the severity of your lethargy touches the extreme, here are a few hacks to combat procrastination:
1. Find out the root problem of your procrastination.
For this you definitely don’t need to consult an expert. All you need to do is give yourself some lone time and deeply introspect on your thoughts. Is it the fear of failure or the sense of over-perfection or something else that is holding you back. Once you figure out the problem, directly hit the grounds by addressing it.
2. Don’t dwindle, just decide what to do!
Transferring your assignments to your to-do list and momentarily forgetting about those may be temporarily comforting. But in the long run piling up your works can consume energy and attention and severely hamper brain cells. Soon one feels less confident and utterly hopeless. So don’t waste time and just decide whether to execute or give up.
3. Know that last minute hurry is nothing but a nasty shortcut.
There are many people who actually brag about their ability to wrap up their work in the last minute. Ever met a student who boasted about acing an exam with only studying for a night? While an all-nighter can make you pass a test with flying colours, last minute cramming is far from optimal in terms of the quality of work it produces. Such deceiving study techniques never contributes to nurturing one’s intellectual vitality. Similar applies to work field. If one is constantly putting off work until deadline that clearly indicates lack of interest and attachment to his work.
4. Don’t be overwhelmed!
One cannot do 500 squats in the first go. So making realistic goals and initially setting the bar low can actually be beneficial, even if that means a slow start. This will activate the reward center of the brain and fuel the fire to keep your motivation alive.
5. Mentally equip yourself.
Not knowing how to do the work is worse than the work itself. So before beginning the process one should get acquainted with the required steps and get hold of the resources. This helps to commence the work with much confidence.
6. Keep distractions at bay.
Many times we feel that taking a tea break, or listening to songs or scrolling down Facebook pages can help us recharge our mind. While occasional breaks are necessary, too many of are obviously distracting. During such times comparing the temporary joy from such acts and the lasting rewarding feeling from completing your task can help.
7. Use the power of visualization!
It is psychologically proven that abstract thinking about your goals can assist with discipline. But the visualization needs to be done the proper ways: instead of daydreaming about the rewards of achieving the goal, try focus on the sorts required to reach it. Visualizing each step individually can eliminate anxiety.
Who doesn’t want to start their day with a surge of energy and go to sleep with a satisfied feeling of rewarding happiness? So, wash off that clumsiness and get to your most productive form. Let your hidden potential do its magic!