What is the meaning of Procrastination? Are you one of those who keep putting off things until tomorrow?
Excessive mind wandering and procrastination are annoying for those prone to the time-wasting tendencies – which can have dire consequences on their personal and professional lives. But researchers are finding that the mind can be trained to ditch its old ways.
One of the things I have found over the years with some of my clients is there is always procrastination and putting off factor in their mindset transition.
What they know they would like to accomplish but keep putting off. I always as the question……What is the meaning of procrastination and what can be done to overcome this? Some of the answers are very enlightening. 🙂
If you’ve found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree – but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them from fulfilling their potential and disrupts their careers, family life, health and a lot more.
What are some of the things you are putting off doing?
- Organizing Finances
- Getting that check-up
- Speaking to your staff
- Cleaning your car
- Looking at your career
- Relationships with close ones
- Relationship with yourself
Are you procrastinating or are you disorganized and do not use time management effectively?
You want to figure this one out. Some of my clients are disorganized and then we work out a time management technique that works for them and their lifestyle or business and things start to change. However, there is an unconscious habit that will always overrule any strategy you have in place.
Time Management Techniques
Make a list of everything you have to do and when I say to make a list of everything I mean absolutely everything you can think of. The list may be very long so do not be afraid. There is a myth that you always get through your action list. You do not!!!!! Things come off and other things go on therefore you always have a list. It is how you manage the list that is important.
Prioritize your list, the first thing I look at are the items that have deadlines. Once you have your deadlines and your priorities your list will look a lot different. Set timers so you do not spend too much time on one task.
Put your list in your calendar, as you look at your day you can see where you can fit in items from your action list into your calendar. When you put it into your calendar you then have a time management technique which is easier to get things done.
Cross things off your list as they are done and add others as they come up. I find keeping your list in a book or computer is easier than on pieces of paper that can get lost. If you are using a book then you will want to start a new page after a few days as the original list will look messy. If you are using technology then as you delete them the task disappears.
Procrastination can also be viewed as avoidance and not wanting to deal with anything unpleasant or confrontational.
Chronic procrastinators have perpetual problems in finishing tasks.
Situational procrastinators delay based on the task itself.
Are you a procrastinator? What do you do to help yourself overcome this habit?
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