If you have ever wondered why there are not enough hours in the day – or why you put off some jobs so that they end up taking twice as long as if you had done them a month ago – then you need to read this.
Putting off things you need to do or in other words being a procrastinator – is probably the biggest way you can waste time – and your own personal energy.
And the reality is that procrastination is something that most of us are guilty of to some extent or another? And of course as a result it can impact our lives in lots of unforeseen ways.
So do you think you procrastinate? Think about the following situations.
Do you often wait till the last-minute to start a project?
Do you put off calling friends, family or making appointments?
Have you a list of outstanding household /work or personal tasks that are getting increasingly urgent.
So why do we procrastinate?
Sometimes procrastination gives a certain amount of control. Doing something when you want to do it – not being told when to do it – may also contribute to this habit of procrastinating.
Generally procrastination means there is an internal conflict somewhere along the line. And working out what that is may help you recognise why you have developed this time-wasting habit.
Along with the pay offs there maybe other reasons why you put off doing things.
Feeling overwhelmed: often caused by an overload of information or detail.
- Over estimating the time the task will take to complete.
- Starting but never completing a task. Yes this is also a form of procrastination
- Thinking you would rather be doing something else.
- Worried about whether you can do it – so you put if off.
If you some or all of this applies to you then you might want to try the following.
1. Confront and do the things which are most difficult first – rather than leaving them until last.
2. Break down projects into bite size pieces.
3. Time the amount of time it takes to do particular tasks.
4. Reward yourself when you complete a task
5. Time table tasks into your diary
6. Deal with stuff as it happens as far as possible.