What makes you procrastinate ?

There are several reasons for a person to indulge in procrastination. The feeling that putting off your work won't matter and you can escape from doing it, might tempt you to keep delaying it. Certain tasks that may look unpleasant or difficult can be reason enough for you to keep postponing it. Examples of some such activities vary from making an appointment with the dentist, dealing with a moody customer, gardening etc.

Presuming that the task will end in failure either because you don't have the skills necessary to complete it or the required details are insufficient often makes you take the easier route of procrastination.The irony is that even succeeding in doing a task may force you to postpone it. More and more success in doing a particular work  may label you as the "right man for the job", and you are inundated with similar jobs.

Another important reason, which is more women centered is the reality that fairer sex needs to be subservient to their male partners and any success on their part would be considered assertive. Trying to control others by delaying the work given to you creates an illusion that you are powerful than them and may result in procrastination.

Procrastination at work
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Steps to overcome procrastination

1. Use the feel good factor:

     Most of us have felt this emotion after completing a task we didn't like or doing it ahead of schedule. Some people always start with the difficult task first and get it over with, thereby getting a sense of achievement.

2. Tackling head-on:

      Certain tasks seem more and more painful as time goes on and it is always better to jump into it like enduring a cold shower, when the heating system fails , leaving us with no option.Once you plunge into the work, it may not seem as bad as you thought it would be.

3. Make space for daily chores:

     If you are postponing routine tasks, it is better that you jot them in your diary and make it a part of your daily schedule. Once the habit of doing it gets well entrenched, you will not have to bother about it anymore.

4. Doing it bit by bit:

      Some tasks require you to spend a long time and it could end up draining all your energy, leaving you disenchanted. In such cases, it is always better to divide the task into small bits and finish them one at a time. But keep in mind to leave the job at a point where it is easy to pick up, the next time you start from where you left.

5. Being positive helps:

     Whatever be the nature of the job, don't give negative overtones to it. By saying such negative things you convince yourself that the job is not worth the effort. Be positive, and like using the feel good factor, imagine the relief that comes with the completion of a job that kept you on tenterhooks for a long time.

6. More pain, more gain:

     The more tasks you complete, more will be your satisfaction. Make it a point to reward yourself after completing each task. For example, a cup of coffee after the first task, an interesting TV seriel after the second and so on. It will keep you motivated and makes you  stay on course.

7. Get assistance, if necessary:

     If you can afford to pay someone to complete a task you find difficult, go ahead. Or you can swap your task with a friend because what you feel difficult might seem a challenge to your friend. Certain tasks like gardening and house cleaning look much less burdensome if you have someone to share your work as it creates an ambience of positive distraction.

8. Make deadlines count:

     Setting realistic deadlines will encourage you to finish a task without delay. If you have the habit of exceeding the deadline, a novel way you can adopt is to make known the deadline to your family and friends. This will give a positive push on you to adhere to the time limit.

9. Give lotto a chance:

     You can use the roll of a dice to choose the next task. Though a novel idea, it brings an air of expectation about the nature of the next task and this could work for you, though not always.