Even The Most Common Ways To Procrastinate Can Seem Like Productivity.

Here are the 10 most common ways that I procrastinate:

  1. I take time to rest. It's important to be well-rested isn't it?
  2. I clean. After all I do need a clean clear space to work in, right?
  3. I watch YouTube videos related to what I am about to do. Hey, it's research.
  4.  I create a To Do list of all the things I need to do before or after I work on what I need to accomplish.
  5. I take a minute to eat. My brain need nourishment if I'm going to be my best.
  6. I do something else "productive" instead like laundry, or organizing anything.
  7. I call a family member or friend I haven't talked to in a while. It's important to keep in touch with the people you love.
  8. I play a game with my son. Family time is important, isn't it?
  9. I research procrastination and why people do it.
  10. I negotiate the deadline. Okay, I postpone it.

“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”- Mark Twain

Most Common Ways To Procrastinate. Constantly Postponing Can Become a Vicious Cycle.

Let’s be honest, completing a task is not always easy. Sometimes we are tempted to give up while at other times we just do not have the energy to do it or we don't know how to stay motivated enough to give precedence to other things we had not even planned for, useless as they may me.

Most if not all of us have postponed some of our activities for various reasons.
While postponing is normal, it becomes poisonous when it becomes a habit or is done for silly reasons. It is understandable to postpone when your mind is exhausted and you know you will not do justice to the task or when something more pressing comes up.

But when the reasons include ‘I just don’t feel like it’, a friend came over unannounced, there was an interesting programmer on TV and so on, just know that you are headed for disaster and are losing your way. Other reasons for procrastinating include perfectionism, feeling overwhelmed, and lack of confidence.

Why you should not tolerate the temptation to unnecessarily postpone?

Piling up tasks on your to-do list – as you keep postponing, the number of items on your to-do list increases. You will then have a lot to do within a short space of time.This can be physically and mentally draining and it can further affect the functioning of your brain.

Setbacks – postponing affect your schoolwork, career, and personal dreams. As you leave things for later, you end up not doing some of them or not giving them enough time. School grades and work performance can be negatively affected while reaching some of our personal goals may take longer than it should and it can be completely forgotten.

Missing opportunities – having to work under pressure keeps us so busy that we do not have time to identify other opportunities. We are often busy and don’t have time for other things.

Missing deadlines and compromising the quality of your work – when we leave things for later we may fail to meet deadlines. There is a possibility of poor time estimations and disturbances that may keep you from doing things the way you had planned. As this happens, you are forced to then work under pressure to try and meet your deadlines and your work does not get the attention it needs.

Poor decision making – some decisions are not meant to be rushed. If you leave some issues for later you may not have enough time to consider all facts and not make informed decisions.

“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”― Abraham Lincoln

 How to stop postponing. Most Common Ways To Procrastinate.

  • Know your power hour – we all have the time of the day when we are more productive. Use that time to do more challenging tasks and used the other time to work on easy tasks or rest. That way you will be able to give your work enough time and energy that match the task. Stay strong believe in yourself.
  • Make a detailed to-do list – if have a problem with performing your tasks, try making a detailed to-do list. As you write down what you need to do, write again what you risk losing from not doing it right and not finishing it on time. Find ways to remind yourself why postponing can be bad. It will force you to start doing your work. Sometimes starting is the most difficult part and once you push yourself past it, everything gets easier.
  • Always remember that your future depends on what you do today – prioritize your dreams and work on improving your life. If you waste time and opportunities, your future will be affected too. To have a better future, you need to start building where you are and doing your best with every opportunity you get. Learn Self-motivation skills.
  • Get rid of distractions – sometimes you postpone because you have more fascinating things to do than working on your tasks. For example, if your problem is television or social media, train yourself to reduce the time you spend on it or cut off connections. Social media can be addictive and if you do not limit yourself, you will find yourself checking your phone every now and then with less time to do anything else.
  • Write down your goals and monitor progress – what is it that you want? How can you get it and how much progress do you need to make to reach the set goals? This gives a clear view of how much you lose and how far behind you get when you decide to postpone. Set reminders for each task that needs to be done per day.
  • Reward yourself – celebrate sticking to your plans and completing tasks by rewarding yourself. Take a break, and spoil and enjoy yourself. This will help with making the fulfillment and joy that comes with doing things right sink in and encourage you to do more.
  • Get an accountability buddy – find someone who has his or her own goals. Constantly check on and encourage each other. Remind each other of what needs to be done and why it has to be done. Avoid people with crab-bucket mentality.

Take Action Embrace Reality And Deal With It

“If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done.”― Rita Mae Brown

Take Action To Overcome The Most Common Ways You Procrastinate.

When we talk about reality we are referring to the actual things happening in your life. However, this is a bit complex issue as some may fail to distinguish between actual things and their perceived reality, that is, what they think is reality even when it is not.

You might be wondering what the big deal is about what is real and what is not, or our perceptions of what our reality is. Most of what we do daily is shaped by what we believe is real in our lives and what we imagine can be our reality now and in the future. What we think of as our reality determines how we live now and how we plan for the future.

Therefore, it is crucial for us to carefully and earnestly consider what our reality is if we are to live a meaningful life. As you go through this process, it is also imperative to be able to tell reality from perceived reality.

The reason is that understanding your reality is the foundational step to fixing up your life and setting goals that will help build your future. If the foundation is shaky, everything built upon it is like to fall at some point. If we are unable to identify unreal things that we have come to believe as real, our lives will be built on lies.

Sometimes We Procrastinate Because We Fail To Face Reality

“I'm a big believer in putting things off, In fact, I even put off procrastinating.-Ella Varner”

There is a lot that can be gained from embracing our reality. That includes an improved quality of life, enjoying the fruits of our hard or smart work, reduced stress, improved relationships, clearer, and more focused thinking, boosting confidence, and improving resilience among other things.  

However, we fail to embrace our now because we sometimes spend too much time thinking about and looking for a better life. We want to be happy and try to imagine what life will be for us in the future when we have taken care of what is seemingly holding us back now. Most people, if not everyone, are obsessed with the idea of working hard now to a point of failing to enjoy the present just so they can 'have the future they dream of'.

While it is good to dream that big and want beautiful things for oneself, most people do not realize how much they are losing or missing out on because of keeping some parts of their lives for the future.

That way, everything else that is not linked t the dream suffers. We seem to forget that we will not get a chance to relive lost moments and that the future is not guaranteed but the present has been handed to us already.

Our future is affected by how we live and celebrate our reality now. Our present reality helps with proper goal setting and ensuring a balance between all important aspects of our lives including financial plans, relationships, family, and mental health.

The other reason we fail to embrace our now is that we invest our time and energy in regretting what happened yesterday, trying to make up for what we lost, and fighting for things we shouldn't even be holding on to.

Thinking of the past is the worst of all reasons there can ever be. While our dreams about the future in a way keep us going forward, the past often holds us back although it can also inspire us to do better for ourselves.

Some have been through unpleasant experiences that took away their confidence and instilled fear in them. Instead of finding ways to heal and improve their lives, some hide and make excuses for not doing much to change the present. Such people need to be aware of their now.

Their current reality is not that they are being bullied or abused. It is that they are surviving victims who haven't done much or received enough help to be able to enjoy the present without replaying the past. Your reality is not what happened yesterday or what will happen tomorrow. The past is history and the future is just a dream.

Also, we sometimes get stuck in our imaginary world and/or perceived reality and disconnect from our true reality. This is due to living way ahead of our reality (for example, living from what we have not yet acquired or what we cannot afford in the present), peer and social pressures, and creating our own world in our minds as a way of trying to escape the actual things happening around us.

We can be so caught up in the virtual world and trying to fit in with our peers while also trying to maintain a fake lifestyle regardless of what it costs us.

However, there might come a point in life when we cannot keep up and life demands that we face our reality. Still then, we will have no choice but to start where we are.

Often, we also find ourselves regretting having wasted time and wishing we had been wise enough to live in the moment and start building from what we actually had. If you find yourself here, try to remember again that what is in the past cannot be changed but you can take advantage of your present reality has to offer.

Forget the past (but remember the lessons), live your reality, and use your present to build a holistic foundation for the future. If you mess up your present, it might come back as the past to haunt you in future. Maintain a healthy balance.

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