The clock on the wall: 3:01 pm
Mind: “Let’s start working after 3:30 pm! Till then I can refresh myself to give a head start!”
You have your mobile in your hand or your laptop, you go through Facebook, buffer videos on Youtube!
Time: 3:36 pm
Mind: Snap! 6 mins already late! 4:00 pm sharp I am gonna sit down and do my work. Exact 4!
Time: 4:10 pm
Mind: Darn! I didn’t see the time again! But this TV show was really amazing!
Some of us actually has gone through this once or more. It is your mindset that drags you into the ditch of procrastination. “Oh! I got a lot of time!” or “Bahut time hai, ho jaega!” are symptoms that you are infected with procrastination! If you have any of it, be alert you may need prompt cure because delaying any work takes its own toll!
For many people, procrastination is a mysterious force that keeps them from completing the urgent work and important tasks in their lives which is a strong as force between two similar poles of magnet.
Procrastination can be seen as a kind of avoidance behavior, a coping mechanism gone awry in which people give in to feel good. It usually happens when people fear or dread or have anxiety about the important task awaiting them. To get rid of this negative feeling, people procrastinate. That makes them feel better for a time period but reality comes back to bite them in the end.
The problem with the procrastinators is the “monkey mind” which means their thoughts are constantly darting all over the place thus prevents them from concentrating. They are tempted to give in to instant gratification which brings instant relief psychologists call “hedonic pleasure”, rather than staying focused on long-term goal.
So the question arises… “How to return to the land of productive?”
The typical advice for the procrastinators – essentially ,to stop what they are doing and get down to work is ridiculous because procrastination isn’t something that extreme procrastinators feel as though they can control.
But there are some simple tips that can help procrastinators get down to business.
One of the most effective things that procrastinators can do is forgiving themselves for procrastinating. This works because procrastination is linked to negative feelings. Forgiving yourself can reduce the guilt you feel about procrastinating, which is one of the main triggers for procrastinating in the first place.
Even if it’s an extremely small action, a little progress will typically make you feel better about the task and increase your self-esteem, which in turn reduces the desire to procrastinate to make yourself feel better.
Mark Twain is quoted as saying, ‘if your job is to eat a frog, eat it first thing in the morning, and if your job is to eat two frogs, eat the big one first.’
– Manan Wason
“Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage”