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How to overcome procrastination

25 May

I have no doubt that most people tend to put something off that really needs resolving , yet tend to put it off, and then put it off again. Psychologist Professor Cally Lay says procrastination occurs when there is “a temporal gap between intended behaviour and enacted behaviour”. Therefore a significant time between intention to do it and when the task is really done. The essential fact about this problem is to recognise when you are in the procrastination mode.Most of us tend to fall into this trap and then realise with a startle that the job has not been done.It causes unnecessary avoidable stress which is really self-inflicted. The crux of the matter is how to deal with this universal problem and take effective steps to combat this demon that many people tend to experience.

I believe to prioritise tasks is an effective way to deal with procrastination.This, however,can pose a problem if you tend to only focus on the things that you enjoy most and find easiest to do.It’s about being honest with yourself and making sure that you can indentify which task need urgent attention.Take a pen and paper and write them down , then rank them in order of importance and urgency.

However, here’s the crux of the issue. You need to know and be honest with yourself as to which task is urgent and which is important……. “…the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future.” ― Dale Carnegie, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living.

Till next time

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