Procrastination: causes and how to avoid it
22/07/2021 Amari Lindroos
Procrastination happens to the best of us. If something's not urgent, you end up putting it off for a bit, then a bit more - and before you know it, you're stagnating. If you want to achieve your goals(be they personal or professional) you need to recognize that and prevent it. In this blog, we've covered the 3 main reasons behind procrastination.
Let's get started.
1. It's not fun
We enjoy the things we're good at. Conversely, if something needs doing but we don't know how to do it, we tend to put it off. But that just gets you stuck in a vicious cycle. Ideally, just tackle the task and get it over it. Chances are, you'll get better at it, and you might even like it! Things are always easier when we get used to doing them.
2. It's not important
We tend to put off minor tasks. Something more important comes up, and there's no time(or energy) for the small thing in the back of our minds. A good rule of thumb is to do the important tasks first, then focus on the minor ones. The important part is that everything gets done.
3. It's intimidating
Certain tasks just scare us. We're afraid of being rejected, of failing or messing something up. And we shouldn't.
Failure is an opportunity to learn. Trying new things is a great way to progress and grow - both personally and professionally.
Fear of rejection stems from the importance we attach to the opinion of others. You need to accept that that's outside your control and it doesn't matter what anyone thinks, as long as you're following your dreams. Successful people don't worry about what others think of them.
Fear of failure is also counterproductive. If you want to achieve anything in life, you need to take risks. As Winston Churchill said, "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm".
Now that you know what triggers procrastination, you know how to avoid it. Bonus tip: Set goals for yourself, and stick to them. Focus on the positive outcome from your tasks - that'll keep you motivated.
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