We all have things we want to get done but sometimes we struggle to do them as quickly or as efficiently as we’d like.
There are different terms we use to describe how we feel whenever we find ourselves slowing down, such as overwhelm, confusion, uncertainty, lack of clarity, mental fatigue and burnout. All of these, in some way, leads to procrastination.
While we all procrastinate from time to time, the danger is if we don’t address that unproductive behaviour, it can:
- Cause us to miss important deadlines.
- Lead us to missing out on new opportunities.
- Lower our self-confidence.
- Prevent us from taking on new challenges.
- Affect the quality of our work.
Whenever we start noticing we are starting to slacken off and procrastinate, the sooner we can address and overcome it, the better off we’ll be.
5 Questions That Will Beat Procrastination
- What am I trying to accomplish right now? This question will help us get more clarity on what we are trying to do or what we need to get done. Most times, lack of clarity causes us to procrastinate. When we have a greater level of clarity, the steps or tasks we have to complete is a lot easier to identify.
- Why is what I’m trying to do important to me? Another way to ask this is, “Why is it necessary for me to do this now?” The stronger our purpose or “why” behind what we’re trying to do, the more likely we’ll stick with it and get it done. Always remember, first comes reasons then comes resources.
- Is this the most important thing I should be doing now? Sometimes, even though we know why something is important to get done, it may not be the most important thing we should be doing. By asking this question, we can quickly get to the real reasons as to why we’re procrastinating. Most times, it will be due to some internal doubt or fear, which we can then address.
- What do I need to do to start moving forward again? Oftentimes, all it takes is for us to do one thing in order to get things moving again. It can be something simple or it may require a considerable effort. The sooner we know what can get us back into action, the quicker we can overcome any stagnation.
- What could cause me to slow down or stop again, and how can I overcome it? This is about future planning and knowing ahead of time the things we can do to deal with signs of procrastination again. Once we know what the payoff is for completing what we need to get done, then all our focus should then be directed towards getting it done.
We don’t have to struggle with procrastination any longer. There are simple things we can do to overcome it and most times, doing some self-reflection and self-evaluation by asking ourselves certain questions, can reignite our passion and fuel our motivation to do what we need to get done.
Question: What do you do to overcome procrastination?
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