16 August

What is exactly procrastination?

It is an act of delaying something till the last minute or later than its deadline. It makes it difficult for you to do or perform the tasks that you should do. Rather it leads you up to a point where you dawdle, rather than taking a shot at significant, important errands, you wind up performing minor exercises. As long as the human race has been around, people have been struggling with this challenge of delaying, avoiding, and procrastinating on all of our important tasks.

Regardless of how efficient and committed you are, odds are that you have wound up misusing hours on inconsequential interests (sitting in front of the TV, refreshing your Facebook status, shopping on the web) when you ought to have been investing that energy in work or school-related projects and assessments. Whether you’re putting off completing a presentation for work, ignoring schoolwork assignments, or overlooking family tasks, procrastination can majorly affect your activity, your evaluations, and your life.


So what is its cause?

Individuals regularly expect that Procrastination is only a question of willpower, however, in all actuality, the circumstance is undeniably more mind-boggling than that. At the point when confronted with a choice to make or an errand to finish, we, as a rule, depend on our motivation to drive ourselves to complete things. Moreover, our inspiration, which depends on the desire for getting some reward for our endeavours, can encourage and support our self-control, and make it more probable that we will complete things in a timely and convenient way. In any case, there are likewise different demotivating factors that we can understanding, which have a contrary impact than our motivation, implying that they make us bound to procrastinate. For instance, nervousness, anxiety, the dread of failure, and other negative feelings can make us delay unnecessarily, as can be given an unpleasant job.

Some of the other reasons may include:

  • Unrealistic goals

Individuals are bound to delay when their objectives are unclear or abstract, contrasted with when their objectives are concrete and characterized. For instance, objectives, for example, “get fit” or “begin working out” are moderately vague, and are along these lines prone to prompt procrastination. You presumably have certain tasks that cause you to feel bored and frustrated, they’re so monotonous. Frequently the idea of carrying out these responsibilities is undeniably more off-putting than reality.


  • Fear of failure

One of the most well-known reasons for procrastination is a profound established dread of failure. If you dread the outcomes of failing, at that point a coherent extension of this is a reluctance to make a move. This is because you are ensured not to fail if you don’t attempt the task. Procrastination is comforting when you dread failure. It fills in as a security component, protecting you from the chance of genuine disappointment – rather than the more abstract disappointment that goes with not endeavouring something in any case.


  • Lack of focus and distractions

The absence of focus in life along with distractions is another continuous reason for procrastination. You likely have a lack of focus if many of the times you feel aimless, or that you don’t generally have a reason throughout everyday life. On the off chance that you don’t have any objectives set, at that point it is practically sure that you will be inadequate in focus – as you have no objection to moving in the direction of. You may feel as though you are simply floating through life.

A small distraction is enough to send you down to the procrastination wormhole in no time. The way to efficiency is to invest your energy moving around distractions that are continually tossed in your direction. Some of the basic distractions include:


  1. Social media
  2. Emails
  3. Listening to music
  4. Not being able to say no
  5. Overheard phone calls


So what are some ways to stop Procrastination?


  • Set simpler targets

Put up goals in your to-do list which are achievable and are not made up through some impossible expectations. Break down larger, overwhelming tasks into small pieces so they are actionable. Some portion of the explanation of why we procrastinate is because the job that needs to be done appears to be excessively overwhelming. It’s significantly simpler to begin on an undertaking when you set up straightforward, reachable objectives as opposed to a major, obscure arrangement. Rather than letting yourself know, “I’ll study science today around evening time,” say, “I’ll study part six this evening.” This makes your objectives not so much scary but rather more feasible.


  • Remove distractions

It can be one of the major reasons causing you to procrastinate. It’s essential to free yourself of every single likely interruption before you start working so you don’t get unnecessarily diverted through your assignment. There is a high chance that you will, in general, invest an excess of energy in Snapchat or Instagram when you ought to study, at that point shut your mobile off (right off). Interruptions could likewise be outer sources, such as irritating siblings. Have a go at tuning in to old-style classical music or background white noise to drown external chitter-chatter. On the other hand, you could change study situations altogether and head down to the nearby library or cafe, where you can clear your mind and study distraction-free.


  • Create deadlines

Such a large number of individuals get caught in the pattern of “Sometime in the future, I’ll compose my notes,” or “I’ll get to that math schoolwork in the long run.” The fact of the matter is “sometime in the not so distant future” and “in the long run” never come. Having only 1 deadline for your work resembles a challenge to linger. That is because we get the feeling that we have time and hold pushing everything back until it’s past the point of no return. It’s essential to set a particular date for when you need your objectives to be cultivated. Along these lines, you realize you need to complete each errand by a specific date. Your courses of events must be vigorous, as well – for example on the off chance that you don’t complete this by today, it will imperil everything else you have arranged after that. It creates a form of desperation and urgency to act. On the off chance that you have a task due, plan to have it finished a couple of days ahead of time. That way, if something unforeseen occurs, you despite everything have an additional opportunity to finish it.


  • Talk to someone

It’s anything but difficult to disregard assignments or put them off in case you’re simply the main individual considering responsible. If you truly need to complete something, tell a friend or relative. Presently there is somebody considering you answerable for your objectives. You can’t retreat or bog it off. If that wasn’t already enough, you likewise have somebody to commend your triumphs with, regardless of how little. Regardless of whether it’s getting an A on that science test or simply completing a task a couple of days ahead of time, your buddy will be there to help you.

Having a buddy makes the entire procedure substantially more fun. In a perfect world, your mate ought to be somebody who has his/her arrangement of objectives. Both of you will consider each other responsible for your objectives and plans. While it’s a bit much for both of you to have similar objectives, it’ll be far and away superior if that is the situation, so you can gain from one another.


  • Just get started and keep rewards at the end

Toward the end, it comes down to making a move. You can do all the planning, arranging, and theorizing, yet on the off chance that you don’t make a move, nothing will happen. If you keep making a plan of action and timetable you will get nothing done. So I suggest just make a go for it. You will only be finished with something once you start it. So quit delaying and start working. If you complete a troublesome task before the deadline, reward yourself with a treat, for example, a cut of cake or an espresso from your preferred café. What’s more, ensure you notice how great it feels to complete things!

Everybody adores being rewarded so, it’s important to give yourself motivators, regardless of how little.

About Pratyusha Dash

Currently pursuing English Honours at Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies. I am currently in my first year. I am also doing an online creative writing course from Internshala which is ongoing.


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