Just Get Started and You Don’t Have to Like It:
5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating
Even minimal progress toward a goal, can help you achieve it!
Many of us struggle with procrastination. We need to do something and we deliberately don’t do it, even though we know this isn’t in our best interest.
Here’s an example. Linda has an important project to complete at work. She’s had four weeks to do it. A busy manager, Linda often gets distracted “putting out fires” that arise with her clients and team. Each day she tells herself she’ll start the project, yet each day she does not. The project is now due in two days; she tells herself she works better under pressure. To complete the project, Linda works late the night before it’s due. She knows she would have done a better job if she’d started earlier and is angry with herself for habitually putting things off.
Psychologist Timothy Pychl, PhD (2010) explains that procrastination occurs when we delay performing an action even though we know our delay may negatively impact ourselves or others – the main thing preventing action is our hesitation to get started.
For some of us, an occasional tendency to avoid a task is not much of a problem. For others, procrastination is a habitual behavior. Where do you fall on the procrastination continuum? According to Dr. Pychyl, the first step is looking at your patterns. Make a list of typically delayed tasks and the thoughts and feelings involved.