Can you identify exactly what is keeping you from achieving your
responsibilities in your professional and personal life? Could it be that
you are a procrastinator? Normally, people who procrastinate put off
doing their most important responsibilities first and do the least
important ones instead. You may practice this behavior at work and in
your personal life. Some reasons you may delay beginning important
tasks could be . . .
Fear, which you feel the task is too difficult and the end result will not
be perfect; your work or ideas may be rejected; or you may be
You feel the task will take too long to finish, so you purposely let
distractions interfere with you starting to work on it.
You feel the task is a huge responsibility and you are not able to
successfully complete it.
Sometimes, most of us postpone starting important responsibilities.
However a true procrastinator will consistently delay the start of an
important responsibility waiting close to the deadline. As a result, it
leaves them no choice but to complete it immediately. Is this a habit
you have? If so, developing a high level of confidence in yourself and
your abilities can help you to change the practice of deferring what is
How to Control Procrastination
Procrastination is a behavior based on how you feel and not necessarily
what is true. For instance, you may feel that a task has to be done
perfectly and you are not capable of this. Therefore, you delay it.
Change your beliefs by reassuring yourself that you have the ability to
finish the task satisfactorily. Once you have completed it give yourself
praise for your accomplishment.
Your willingness to finish the task in plenty of time prior to the deadline,
allows you time to make any necessary corrections. Taking a disciplined
approach in finishing stressful important tasks can help you to learn how
to control procrastination.
Consider these techniques to help you conquer your hesitation in starting
important tasks that make you feel anxious:
Be confident in facing any fears you have regarding the responsibility,
by managing your thoughts reassuring yourself that you will do an
acceptable job. Calmly eliminate any doubts you may have about the
finished task, by praising yourself for successfully completing it in
ample time and that you did a good job. If necessary, acquire the
knowledge and skills you may need in order to successfully complete
Get motivated by defining and scheduling small simple goals, which
are easy to achieve and puts you on target for completing the task on
time. In you prioritizing, planning, scheduling, and completing
smaller more manageable activities for a task can boost your
confidence helping you to realize that you can complete time
consuming task on time and successfully.
Determine why you are delaying the important task. Get rid of the
why with positive thoughts, by convincing yourself and believing that
the why is not true. Then get the task done.
Eliminating all distractions will increase your ability to focus on
completing the task during the time you planned to work on it.
How to Improve Success at Work and Life
In using some of these suggestions may help you to learn how to
improve your success at work and in life for completing important tasks
you keep delaying. Allowing yourself to be victorious in getting control
over this habit can be satisfying, because of what you are able to
accomplish. It will help increase your momentum and excitement in
moving forward to complete other tasks that you may feel are too
difficult or time consuming. Overtime, you can learn how to overcome
your habit of procrastination.
Confidence and believing in your abilities can help you to defeat it. Do
not underestimate yourself and ability to triumph over being a
procrastinator. You will be amazed how changing your thoughts,
boosting your confidence, and time management skills can help you to
save time and stop pondering over starting important tasks.
Mostly, those who procrastinate know they are procrastinators, but
choose not to address it or simply are not willing to commit to changing.
Are you ready to achieve what you are responsible for in a timely
manner, so that you create success in both your professional and
Stress Program and how it can help you in being more productive,
relieve your stress, and help you to spend more time on what you value
most at work and home.