1 – Absence of Structure
The lack of imposed structure that becomes common in your day will contribute to the increase in procrastination. Try writing down the six most important things you need to accomplish the next day. The following day concentrate only on the first task and work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task. And what makes this strategy so effective is that it’s simple enough to actually work!
2 – Unpleasant Tasks
The most significant predictor of procrastination is the task that’s considered unpleasant, boring, or uninteresting. This kind of behavior relates to the concept of the pleasure principle, which is the tendency to seek out pleasurable activities and avoid unpleasant ones.
Avoidance is a well-known form of coping with anxiety. This issue can be especially problematic in cases where a person’s anxiety increases as a result of their procrastination, which can lead to a feedback loop. Pick out one small thing that you can complete toward accomplishing your larger goal. It may be helpful to list out the many small steps that will lead up to accomplishing a greater task.
Equating self-worth with the quality of work and developing an “all or nothing” mindset and think in extremes which eliminates any grey area in life. A perfectionist’s standards are always “above and beyond,” start by lowering your standards and determine what is the bare minimum is for success, and aim for that for once.
Article written by Hala Haider – Sales Coordinator, Alpha Data Recruitment