Procrastination has been known to cause the most number of deadlines missed and also one of the most potent productivity killers.
How can procrastination be controlled if not completely overcome?
- Just start doing it – feeling of accomplishment when you start doing a task will reduce the stress associated with a task and increase psychological reward factors motivating you to complete the task.
- Know Thyself. There may be a few personality or character based traits that make you avoid certain unpleasant tasks – that need to be accomplished nevertheless. Think of ways to ease the pain or increase the reward factor of a task by promising yourself a special treat when a specially unpleasant task is accomplished.
- Make goals and targets – and remember to have a schedule and more importantly stick to it. If you find that you are regularly not able to work to schedule – make a list of the main reasons why you are not able to work to time. Then figure out ways to counter these things that are not allowing the meeting of deadlines. Mastering the art of saying “No” can be crucial to good time management.
- Physiological reasons. Lack of sleep, sickness or excessive fatigue can also cause procrastination. So make sure to be fully hydrated and have a sweet snack or carbohydrates while you perform the task as it has been shown that lower blood glucose levels also cause loss in attention and productivity.
- Avoid distractions – switch off cell phones and disconnect yourself from all social media interactions and deactivate e-mail alerts. Also remember to deactivate pop ups and other notifications. Further let others know that you don’t want to be disturbed.