We all occasionally put off doing some things. Usually it is tasks or activities we view as difficult to achieve, are time consuming or ironically, will contribute to our success.
Procrastination can stop us in our tracks personally, professionally and sometimes we feel stuck.
Deadlines can feel overwhelming and can trigger procrastination
I know I am guilty of procrastinating. While I was studying, particularly during exam time, my home became unusually meticulously clean and even the dogs coats shined!
Most people who procrastinate don’t like it. I know I feel frustrated, particularly if the thing that I am procrastinating over is something that will contribute to my success, like doing well in an exam or successfully completing an important project at work!
Do you procrastinate at work? You are not alone
So what can you do to shake the procrastination that is holding you back?
Make a deal with yourself to spend 5 - 10 minutes doing what you are procrastinating over.
Why does this work?
Studies have shown that if we think a task is huge we are more likely to put it off as it feels daunting and overwhelming. However, 5 - 10 minutes is achievable and psychologically once you get started you become engaged and less hesitant about the bigger picture.
Take the first step and see where you go
So the next time you feel procrastination creep in, stop thinking about how much work is involved or how hard it will be. Sure, clean your house, but commit 5 - 10 minutes to the task. That is all.