By Ranches Lee Hall
Putting off important tasks in favor of leisure or less significant
activities is occasionally fine. However, if it becomes a habit and
reaches a point where it is hindering your success, then it is time to
actively put a halt to it.
Procrastination does not always involve highly important duties or
obligations. Sometimes you find yourself buying a book and telling
yourself to read it over the weekend yet months passed and not a single
page has been turned. It can also be a simple home project, like
transplanting those flowers or repairing that rocking chair. Just
imagine how grave a situation you can be in if you put off a work
assignment leaning on a month's deadline, then your boss suddenly asks
for what you have done so far. You can lose a job, a business
opportunity, or a relationship.
The good thing is you can remedy procrastination and avoid having the
bad habit embedded in your system. Here are some guidelines to help you
cure procrastination by assessing the root causes of the habit.
Cause No. 1: Pile Up
The most common reason why people procrastinate is that they see a long
list of things to do and dread facing them. You see the laundry basket
full, the dogs filthy, the grass in the garden all grown, and the sink
full of dirty dishes. One look and you would rather go lie on the couch
and watch television than face the problem. The thing is, you can avoid
the problem from happening if you wisely manage your daily activities.
Set a schedule for every task and spread them across the week. Doing
small tasks will not seem like work at all, and this applies to your
projects on the job too.
Cause No. 2: Undefined Goals
Do not look at tasks as just mere actions that you should do today for
its immediate result or you will more likely take them for granted. Take
a step back and visualize how they can be means to a better end in the
future. You do not take a work assignment just to please your boss now.
It will greatly become a basis of evaluation whether they will let you
stay on the job in the next few months or years. To help you set goals,
find a mentor to guide you through the process. People who have had the
long experience know a better way to start and the best ways to finish
projects because they have committed their mistakes and know how to
avoid them. Take a lesson or two from a great mentor to push you to take
deliberate action now.
Cause No. 3: Lack of Self-Esteem
When you do not have the tools of the trade, feelings of fear and
inferiority will grow in you and drive you away from opportunities.
Procrastination is often the result of not facing challenges because you
feel inadequate and unknowledgeable. The bright side is you know what
is causing your fear and that already works in your advantage because
you know what to remedy. Take short courses or attend lectures that will
provide you with the knowledge. Further, have a sense of accountability
if a project does not succeed just because you were afraid to challenge