PROCRASTINATION

“Do I procrastinate”??

  • I do not enjoy the tasks I do and hence keep putting it off
  • I am disorganized thus lack time management and avoid what can be done in the day
  • Overwhelmed with the task at hand, I fear success as much as failure
  • I am unsure of how to start or what to do next and likely to be scared and leave the task for another time

Myths about Time Management

  • Myth I: Planning my time just takes more time off the things I have to do
  • Myth II: I am very busy, so I must be using my time well
  • Myth III: I feel busy so I must have a time management problem.
  • Myth IV: Time management problems occur when there’s not enough time to get things done

What is Procrastination??

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task which needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time.

Dealing with procrastination

  • Try rewarding yourself for completing certain tasks that you have been putting off.
  • Get someone to remind you/check up on you. This will help you not to forget to do what you need to do and also adds good pressure.
  • Think about the unwanted consequences of not doing a task.
  • If you feel that the task at hand is boring and unpleasant, try to start doing some of it- it usually isn’t so bad after all.
  • If the task seems overwhelming, try to break it up into smaller, manageable parts.
  • Try to start on your task by finding an easy part to do. It is usually much easier to continue once you have started than to actually begin.
“You can learn to stop procrastinating, when you learn to push yourself”!!

Dr.RituparnaGhosh
Consultant Clinical Psychologist

Reference

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Procrastination?
https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_96.htm