Everyone knows it: The deadline, the deadline or the deadline is approaching. Actually, you should really start now so that you don't get into a time crunch later. Of course, there are thousands of things you'd rather do. You have a motivation problem until you get a Time problem ...you've got. And suddenly, the drop-off is just around the corner and the Mayhem breaks out. A classic case of procrastination!
The good news is that you're not alone. Many people are good at putting off important matters until the last minute. Whether it's a chore, a job project, or even the planning of a personal event, procrastination always happens. Actually, you know that this behavior is pretty counterproductive. You could be so much more successful if you started on time. And yet, you keep falling into the procrastination trap.
Don't worry, there's a rescue for you. Because already with a few little tricks you get your Motivation problem at the next opportunity. This way you avoid stress and frustration and realize how good it is to be on time. No one performs at their best under time pressure. Do you want to increase your productivity level sustainably and counteract procrastination? Perfect, then this magazine article is just right for you!
Let's answer this question with a little look into the dictionary. Duden online describes the phenomenon of procrastination as "the postponement, putting off of pending tasks, activities". The term comes from the Latin word "procrastinatio", which also stands for postponement and procrastination. But why so many people are affected by it and what the reasons are, the definitions do not reveal. So let's take a closer look.
Procrastination" is particularly common when you have the Motivation Missing. When you have to do a task that you don't really feel like doing at all - for example, an annoying project work. The lack of enjoyment of the subject matter or of doing project work in general leads to aversion. And things you're averse to, you tend to do poorly rather than well.
However, there are a few other factors that lead to procrastination - even when you actually enjoy the task at hand. These include, for example, a lousy Time Management. Not everyone is a born planner and you may fail to plan well because you misjudge priorities. Concentration problems can also cause you to keep putting off certain tasks.
Who is and his skill or his Performance and speed can also be confronted with procrastination. This is the case, for example, if you assume that you will be able to complete the required project work in three days - and then realize that you need at least a week just for the careful research of sources. Fear of failure can also fuel procrastination: Fearing failure, you'd rather not start at all. A nasty cycle that you should definitely break out of.
So that you never again have to say "I'll do it tomorrow ... or the day after tomorrow" when it comes to really important deadlines and deadlines, you will find ten helpful tips against procrastination in the following lines.
In the first step, you should do everything you can to avoid being overwhelmed. Means: Organize the chaos, get an overview and create a master plan. Write down concretely what you have to do by which date. Break down your task, i.e. your goal, into many small intermediate goals.
You structure your work through concrete subtasks and deadlines. And with a good structure, you prevent overload, which quickly leads to the feeling "I can't do it anyway". When this feeling spreads, procrastination is literally knocking on the door. Don't let it in, but create a clear master plan that you stick to.
Routine is worth its weight in gold to avoid procrastination. If you work on your goal a little bit every day, it will eventually become a habit. You don't question it anymore and don't constantly think about what you would rather do instead. Small example: You have four weeks for your project work. You set the example of working on it from nine to twelve o'clock from Monday to Friday.
After the first or second week at the latest, you'll be so used to it that project work is part of your daily routine. It's simply part of it and your inner pig has understood that it's not worth fighting a new motivational battle every day - he would lose it mercilessly.
Everyone likes to put off unpleasant things. However, in most cases it does not make things better, but only worse. Because if you're constantly thinking about what unpleasant thing is coming up, you'll be permanently unmotivated. But if you do this one annoying thing right at the beginning, you can finish with it and concentrate much better.
Some people work best early in the morning, others late at night, and others sometime in between. Find out when you are personally most productive and use that time for your purpose. You'll find that you'll make wonderful progress. It's a great way to nip your dawdling behavior in the bud and get unpleasant tasks done right away.
While you're working, WhatsApp off, Facebook off, Instagram off - unless you're working as a social media manager. This means that small distractions interrupt your flow of concentration and make you much less productive than you need to be. At the end of the day, you may have answered quite a few messages or checked posts, but you haven't really made any progress. And that doesn't have to be the case, right?
Rewards are a must! They reward your performance so far and motivate you to stay on the ball. Even small partial successes can and should be celebrated. Think about a nice reward for the achievement of your big goal right at the beginning. It is even better to visualize this reward. Just give it a try!
Social pressure increases the chance of not falling victim to procrastination. Why? Simple: If you meet regularly with colleagues or like-minded people and everyone presents their interim goals, this increases the pressure to actually work on them. After all, you want to show what you've got and not be the one who hasn't made any progress.
Keeping a diary can be a great way to get rid of procrastination. To do this, regularly log when you worked and how effectively you completed certain tasks. Also write down who or what distracted you. Gradually, you'll be able to make connections and analyze how you can improve your performance. Once you've figured out how to perform at 100 percent, you'll benefit from it again and again.
Breaks are just as important as power times. That's why it's important to draw clear boundaries and consciously switch off in your free time. This gives you new strength, makes negative feelings disappear and makes room for new ideas. Before you go on break, after work or during your relaxation time, you can quickly write down how far you have come. That way you'll know where to go next time and won't waste valuable time.
... because it will never come. It won't happen that you suddenly have more desire, more inspiration or motivation. On the contrary, waiting often makes it much worse. Because before you know it, you'll fall into the procrastination trap again. So start right away. Start now! The first step is always the hardest - after that it goes steeply uphill.