Panacea of Procrastination

Let’s face it — we all procrastinate.

In order to combat it, we need to first identify the root cause, and then we can crush it like the little bug it is.

Some of the most prominent causes of Procrastination are peculiar. They include perfectionism and lack of motivation, all at once. Even the negative emotions attached with preferring to do simple tasks, being unsure of how to start, getting distracted and knowing that one will have to put an effort into are some of the main reasons people procrastinate.

It may be difficult to identify the main cause one procrastinates, in fact, there may be more than one reason for it. While procrastination can be an indication of some mental health issues and may require medical supervision; those of us who aren’t sure can help ourselves combat procrastination in many ways.

Doing the task for just a few minutes may help. Starting a task is the hardest part. Once you start a task your brain remains alert until you finish it. So if you can persuade yourself to start a task for a few minutes, the brain’s desire to see it through to completion should then take over. Additionally, getting at the hard tasks while your brain is still fresh might also help. Self-regulating is the key to combat procrastination and can be achieved by implementing some skills and strategies to help us believe in our ability and get us to complete the task.

Very often, our surroundings maybe a factor contributing to distractions. We need to control our environment instead of letting it get the best of us. Get rid of distractions especially that lovely beguiling phone of yours.

Another helpful regulator maybe an official or self-imposed deadline. Impending deadlines get you going. Set short deadlines to get your work done. You could also find ways to make the task more entertaining or at least, pleasant to yourself. Like they say, when you enjoy what you do, it is already a success.

Rewarding one for completion of tasks is a positive reinforcement that removes negative emotions which can also encourage one to be goal oriented and motivated for future tasks. Tell yourself that if you sit at your desk and work on this task for 45 minutes without interruptions you will reward yourself with your favourite snacks or something else.

Aqsa Rashid

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