Most people are guilty of wasting a few minutes on Facebook every now and then. Procrastination becomes a problem, however, when it prevents you from achieving your purpose. If you feel like you can’t stop procrastinating, then you need to remember these five things.
1. You shouldn’t be so hard on yourself.
If you ever find yourself putting off an important assignment to watch cute animal videos on your Facebook wall, there is a reason for that. Psychologists believe procrastination could be a misplaced coping mechanism.
Your brain is resisting a task that you choose to label “unpleasant” in favor of a distraction that will provide a temporary mood boost. Procrastinators beat themselves up for being so “lazy” or “stupid,” which creates a demotivating experience.
Ironically, demeaning yourself will only make you procrastinate more. The more you call yourself “lazy” and “stupid,” the more you will become convinced that you are hopeless; and if you truly believe you are hopeless, then you won’t see the point in trying. It is best to be compassionate with yourself, because negativity won’t get you anywhere.
2. You don’t have to do everything at once.
3. You need to find the roots responsible for your procrastination.
4. You need to be patient with yourself.
5. You should stop trusting yourself to be productive.
Your lazy monkey brain is stronger than you think it is. The best of intentions can quickly crumble if you allow instant gratification to interrupt your work flow.
I have to admit I’m a recovering social media addict. Thus, I have installed a browser add-on called Leechblock, which blocks Facebook and Twitter while I write. If you’re a Mac user, Focus can accomplish the same thing.
These websites are built with the intention of keeping you there as long as possible. Your brain receives a dopamine hit every time you see that red notification light up. It’s nice to be able to connect with people so conveniently and who doesn’t want to feel liked and appreciated?
Be ruthless with your time. Ban the websites that tempt you most while you work. Silence your phone and put it in a place where you can’t see it. Out of sight, out of mind. You need to make these pointless time-wasting activities as inconvenient as possible. Instant gratification thrives on ease-of-access. Remove that and your productivity will skyrocket.
Got any helpful hints to add to this list?
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