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Putting it off until “later” is not something uncommon we say to ourselves, especially when Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest are a click away.But when it comes to work, procrastination definitely has some expensive costs.
“The U.S. gross national product would probably rise by $50 billion if the icon and sound that notify people of new email disappeared,” Piers Steel, an associate professor at the University of Calgary told the Associated Press.
Understanding the causes and temptations of procrastination is the first step to eliminating it. We’ve collected a variety of insights from Psychology Today, WebMD and Lifehack on how to kick procrastination to the curb — at least for right now.
If your time frame is too far off in the future, deadlines becomes generalities.
For example, if you plan on writing four chapters of your soon-to-be-published book in a month, it is not until the fourth week that you'll consider yourself actually procrastinating.
Planning in smaller time increments will less likely lead to putting off work until the last minute.
'There is a difference between saying, 'I'll write one chapter a week' and saying, 'I'll write four chapters a month,' wrote psychologist Susan K. Perry in Psychology Today.
Instead of thinking you will work on your project for three hours every morning, determine when you want certain tasks completed.
'If the boss hands you an assignment, she doesn't say, 'Work on this each day.' No, she says, 'Have this on my desk by next Friday.'
Source: Psychology Today
Having a companion forces you to have someone else to answer to other than yourself.
While it's not necessary that both parties have the same goals, it will increase your chances of completing the task if that's the scenario.
Make it more difficult for you to procrastinate by taking the pit-stops out of the equation.
For example, if Facebook is causing you to procrastinate, deactivate it for a short period of time. If email is the problem, turn off your automatic notifications.
When you feel your enthusiasm waning, put one foot in front of the other.
'This is similar to overcoming irrational fears,' William Knaus, a psychologist at American International College in Springfield, Mass., told WebMD.
If you spend too much time on something, you may start to resent it.
realise that hard work should be rewarded with a nice meal at your favourite restaurant or a trip to the movies.
Source: Psychology Today
Some goals weren't meant to be achieved since we 'outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves' so the best action to take is to alter those goals to reflect your own growth.
Take a step back and decide what it is exactly that you want to achieve and what steps you should take to get there.
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