Procrastination is the act of putting off work for no particular reason. Some guides and experts say that you’re procrastinating when you’re not doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline.
In fact, a recent study I did with 2,219 respondents showed that 88% of all people admit to procrastinating at least one hour a day. That’s more accurate. Why? Because we all delay or postpone a task for no good reason. Sometimes, we start a task or project, but we end up delaying the work. We don’t get it done.
Benefits Of Stopping Procrastinating
Lower anxiety—The more we procrastinate, and the longer we wait to get started with important things, the more anxiety and stress we have.
Higher self-discipline—Research shows that procrastination is not only a time-management problem. One of the biggest reasons we procrastinate is low self-discipline.
Better work—People who don’t procrastinate accomplish better work. When you work with less stress, anxiety, and high self-discipline, you give yourself the chance to do better work.
No intrinsic reason—What’s your drive? Why do you do what you do? Too often, we set goals and pursue things for extrinsic reasons
Fear—There are many kinds of fear that make us procrastinate. Fear of failure, rejection, novelty, success, suffering, hardship, you name it
Lack of knowledge—If you don’t know how to do something, learn how to do it. But if you think you can’t do that, you’ll never start.
Tips for prevent Procrastinating
How I Beat Procrastination: Do It Today, Not Tomorrow–This is my system for beating procrastination.
The science behind procrastination and how to beat it – I talk about “the slope of procrastination.” It’s the moment you give into one distraction.
Form a daily writing habit -Writing every day is another example of self-discipline. Just like exercise, if you can write for your own purposes every day, you’ve beaten procrastination.
How to build self confidence that you need to win at life -Improve your self-confidence so you are more likely to get things done. Believe in your ability to figure things out
BEST Books to read on this topic
Man search for meaning by Victor Frankl-This unique book describes how we choose our attitude in any given set of circumstances. Even during the horrible conditions of a concentration camp, humans can endure the suffering and find meaning in living because of inner decisions.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck -Life is about solving problems and finding solutions. If you always look at the risks and consequences of everything, you might play it safe, but you’ll also never grow.
A manual for living by Epictetus– A Manual For Living is exactly what the title says it is. This book also gives you a larger perspective on humanity. People have always had problems with self-confidence, family, work, other people, etc. In a way, nothing has changed. And that’s pretty comforting.
Feel the fear and Do it Anyway by Susan Jeffers–Fear is something that holds us back on a daily basis. And Susan Jeffer’s book gives you practical tips on how you can manage fear. I say ‘manage’ because fear is something that will never go away. And that’s why I like to read this book every year