Just like the 88% of the workforce admitted, I’ve been guilty of procrastinating too! We accept having spent at least an hour a day procrastinating during the working minutes. Delaying the work for no specific reason seems just the logic to procrastinate.
I know! It doesn’t make any sense. However, time and again, it is the common tendency of every human to delay the work until there is enough pressure to finish it. A few studies swear by saying it actually helps to improve productivity! But for how long? and how many?
Why should you stop procrastinating?
To stop doing something that you’re comfortable with isn’t as easy as it sounds. But, the opportunity of growth starts where the comfort zone ends! Here are some benefits for not being a procrastinator,
Less stress – Taking one step at a time ensures you’re in control of your work and thus reduces the last-minute stress and mistakes that might come out of it.
Scope of improvements – While working on time does reduce the pressure, it will also give you enough time to learn the process. And, later improve it too. You get to assess the work quality yourself before your lead does it for you! (and everyone knows how that’d go).
A sense of conviction – Humankind has been through a lot these past two years. It has taken an emotional and psychological toll on everyone during that uncertain period. Avoiding procrastination reduces such extensions of thought, all while keeping you occupied with productive activity.
How can one stop procrastinating?
It is just like getting out of your old habits – good or bad – and getting into new ones. Reducing procrastination takes a lot of patience and perseverance. I have taken these active measures to ensure the fecundity stays put while I get to relax for finishing the task ahead.
Don’t give up: One thing that everyone does pretty easily is to give up. Excuses pop up faster than the Google search results! Use apps or books that improve concentration and mindfulness to help you stick to the plan. Don’t postpone things thinking tomorrow would be a better day. Do it today, do it now!
The 21/90 rule: It takes 21 days to get into or get out of a habit. And 90 days to execute it as a permanent lifestyle. Challenge yourself every day to do better, and if you fail, no worries – the next day will be day one again! It might take a couple of tries at first, but once you get the hang of it, then there is no turning back.
Baby Steps: Every journey starts with a single step at a time. Slowly and steadily, one after the other. When we think about the journey as a whole, we become nervous thinking about the distance. The same goes with tasks at hand too. Imagining about the dreadful eight hours at the office? Muse of spending the first hour and then the next and so on. The day passes by just like that, and all of your tasks are done!
So follow these simple steps and finish the work at hand. Don’t ponder over the email list you have to prepare – productive apps like GetEmail.io always come to the rescue. Powered by artificial intelligence, it has an extensive database of all email contacts. This email finder tool also comes with a chrome extension to your Linkedin account, so finding an email on professional media becomes easy.