Dealing with procrastination

Darryl Bachmeier
Mar 20, 2020

Probably everyone suffered from procrastination at some point in his or her life. Almost everybody felt how many unnecessary, small and non-urgent tasks piled up into a big, scary and extremely demanding mess that overwhelmed you. Everybody experienced that problem at least at once, but not everyone could effectively deal with it.

There is a significant probability that if you are reading these words, then you are probably trying to fight procrastination right now. The only thing you need to know is that you actually can beat it. You need to improve your time management, learn how to prioritize tasks, and create reasonable timelines for your assignments. I have a few tips that can help you with a solid understanding of how to make it all work.

Divide Big Task into Smaller Tasks

Everybody will potentially feel a lot of stress when his or her boss suddenly says: “I need you this piece of work to be done by the end of the month!” You will probably start to ask yourself: “With what should I start? What if I will make this piece of work faster, or will need more time to get it done? How is that possible for me to manage such a big task on my own? Etc.” If this situation seems familiar to you, then you probably never heard about the task subdivision. In addition, that maybe one of the main reasons why you are struggling to fight your procrastination state.

When you receive a big piece of work or task, try to divide it into smaller pieces in your head, then write them down and adjust deadlines for each of them. That will help you to get a sense of what needs to be done every day. This will help prevent you from getting depressed and havened negative thoughts, which usually starts the procrastination process. Small tasks are simpler and easier to complete so you will get a boost while creating a schedule.

Create a Proper Environment

A lot of us cannot work in certain conditions of an environment as it can distract us from our goals or sidetrack us into doing something else. For example, if you are working in the office and your desk is near the coffee machine. Your coworkers come to grab a coffee, chitchat, laugh, and do pretty much anything else that might distract you. It is very hard to work in such an environment. You lose focus. It would be great if you can create a proper working atmosphere so you can stop procrastinating. It is not always easy to do so.

Try to think about what will make your work place better for you to perform a productive, intensive and effective work session. Noise cancelling headphones, with relaxing music that drowns out the external noise? Alternatively, a beautiful, lovely smelling flower near your monitor that pleases your eye from time to time? Maybe you need a lot of stickers and small boards to write down your constantly flowing ideas. Only you know what precisely it may be!

Arrange Some Rewards

A brain of a procrastinator is usually suffering from a lack of dopamine, and it would be an excellent idea to spur it up a little bit with any immediate rewards, chocolate, ice cream or any other kind of favourite foods. However, a procrastinator’s brain will begin to anticipate the future reward and will produce small doses of dopamine that will help him in his work.

Each time after some small part of the work is complete; a procrastinator should have some small piece of reward. From time to time, rewards need to be changed, as a procrastinator’s brain slowly develop sustainability for the impact of every particular stimulus. The main complexity of this method is that a procrastinator needs to give an exact word to itself, that he will work for these small prizes, but not sit near a TV and eat them while watching TV shows.

Start With a Small Thing

If there is a lot to do for you in the next few hours or days, but you can’t start anything, because you keep procrastinating, ask yourself: “What is the smallest thing that I can do right now?”. It may be just something like washing a single plate or writing only 100 words of text. When you succeed in identifying that thing, complete it. You already know it would not take much time and easy to do. There is a considerable probability that it helps you to start doing much more important things too.

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