A somewhat favourite term ‘Procrastination’
‘’I have the full week to finish this, gon do it later’’, ‘Oh! a new episode? Goodbye work, see you in a bit”, “Nandos burger? Wuhahaha, I want it, I got it”, Thanks Ariana!
Do these phrases sound familiar to you? Trust me, you’re not alone in this. Think about the last time you made an excuse. A few days ago? An hour ago maybe? Nevertheless, it happens to the best of us. We’re in no hurry, but life for some reason is and I just don’t get why. Because of that speed, I try hard to keep up but sometimes, and just sometimes I just want to do everything else from what I have to focus on. Yes ! Procrastinate.
business, people and technology concept – businessman in glasses sitting at office computer and thinking
Some of us actually feel we ‘work better under pressure’. Do you really believe that’s true? Think about a certain deadline you had to meet, and you waited till the very last day to get work done. And you’ve been making excuses all along. What happens when you make excuses?
- Our work quality gets affected and is not up to the standards that we would like to ideally maintain.
- Our overall engagement, thus, gets affected.
- We feel a lot of stress at the last moment, which most certainly costs you your health, both physically and mentally.
This ain’t too much to deal with but most of all times – ‘CRUCIAL’. If you resonate with this, then take a moment and think about the statements you often make when you want to procrastinate. Write them down, it helps! And make a promise to yourself that you’ll try eliminating the usage of those phrases one at a time every week. You see, Thor constantly tried to end everything with his snap, but each time it was either a new thought or a superhero that came in the way. No, I’m not for world destruction but saying this because even the mightiest one of us, who has the most difficult decisions to make also procrastinates, and so I’m saying it again – It ain’t wrong. Albeit, research supports the fact that there are more costs to the entire concept of procrastination than the benefits. Also, our sometimes favorite phrase, ‘I work better under pressure’ hmm hmm *doing a head bob*, doesn’t really translate too well.
I know what you’re exactly thinking about right now – “What about how good it makes you feel everytime you procrastinate?” I agree, cheese burgers always taste better when consumed consecutively! And so there are a few short-term benefits to procrastination.
A) Amidst a stressful project at work, a couple of minutes to while time away is essential.
B) The part of us that is constantly seeking validation is put to rest for a bit. Yayy!
C) The ‘don’t care’ attitude actually is said to boost confidence in individuals.
Sometimes the ability to resist temptations and pay undivided attention to one task could be your self-control. Sometimes, there are lucrative activities right in front of us; a picture of a friend’s dog or the antics of your own pets, the game that you MUST finish right now or the sale on that item that you’ve been eyeing for weeks has just been announced. Naturally, your focus diverts to these interesting incidents but what matters is your self-control. Once you realise that the picture can be viewed any time or your pet is holding that same adorable pose for the 100th time this week, and that game can be continued even after, you start voluntarily focusing on the task at hand. Fine, let’s be realistic, the sale will end in half an hour and there’s no better deal, why wait then? But, if you’ve pre-ordered your reward, let’s make it worthy by working towards the deadline on the task you decided to drift away from.
Sometimes, we also fall into this trap of ‘dispositional optimism’ where this inner you always believes that good things are bound to happen and there’s no room for bad, I kid you not, they should and they will. It’s a nice space in the head to be in. This could also detach you from realistic first world to sixth world problems that tend to be uninvited guests. You ready for that? You could have a sore throat, the migraines could start acting up, the laptop crashes suddenly (a common yet cheeky excuse) or worse, the internet stops working, minor plausibilities. But the obvious needy partner should also be considered a distraction! Hence, a realistic eye on our situations is a better friend to help ease the process of work, without affecting our health too much.
We indulge in this act when we have no motivation or willpower left in us. Here are some ways in which you could lessen your procrastination:
- You could make a checklist of all deadlines you need to meet, both personal and professional. Make sure the dates are mentioned against each one of them. It might also help to have a day prior to the actual date mentioned so you have ample time, in case of any emergencies.
- Identifying issues that lead you to procrastinate, say social media, and thereby making a conscious effort to curb this practice could take you one step further in achieving your goals on time.
- Try focussing on the reward attached to your tasks, it’s an automatic feeling to finish the task at hand on time, rather than looking at it as if it’s a burden.
- Before working towards any goal, make sure you’re well-rested, ‘REST’ being key here. All of us could take a few mins to unplug and recharge for better functioning.
- Realise that only if you take this step forward, would you be able to take the next step tomorrow and so on till you eventually achieve your goals.
Here’s hoping that you would weigh the pros and cons of our somewhat favourite term ‘procrastination’ and work accordingly, and don’t stress, Thor will eventually snap! Wuahahaha! (hey, you’re allowed to be evil – only a few secs in the mind though)
We’ve shared what we’ve tried but hey, you probably also have extra enlightenment to share? We’d love to hear some tested best practices that have worked for you in the comments below!
Until then – keep procrastinating. Or Not! <3