In the summer of 1977, NASAs pathfinder spacecraft landed on the surface of Mars and started sending incredible images back to NASA. But after some days, something terribly went wrong, it stopped sending transmissions. Pathfinder in fact was procrastinating keeping itself occupied but failing to do what is important. After investigating we found out it was a bug in the scheduler.
Scheduler tells the CPU what and how much time needs to be assigned to each task and done right; it works smoothly. We may see everything working simultaneously and fluidly in our computer; however, it is nothing but Scheduler. If anything goes wrong, it gets overwhelmed in simple words get hanged.
So, all in all this is procrastination. We are the scheduler and we schedule more than one thing at a time. And in most cases, we do something fun or do nothing at all instead of the thing that was important.
“A primary reason people don’t do new things is because they want to do them perfectly – first time. It’s completely irrational, impractical, not workable – and yet, it’s how most people run their lives. It’s called The Perfection Syndrome.”–Peter McWilliams and John Roger
So, the question arises. Why do we procrastinate? And How to stop it?
Procrastination can be a result of multiple things, it includes, Mundane daily tasks, Boredom, Tasks with no deadlines, Stress, or maybe no consequences. A lot of it must be sounding familiar to you right?
So, let’s jump on to the remedies. They are pretty simple to understand and takes a will to do. Because if you cannot do something that means you don’t want to do it. It is that simple.
How to stop Procrastinating?
- Declutter your space and your mind.
- It may not seem but almost all the time, the major reason for procrastination is the distraction. So, do yourself a favour, clean your desk and stop those notifications in your phone.
- Use techniques like POMODORO. Means put in small amount of work and take break. Then obviously REPEAT. Because we tend to over judge ourselves and give ourselves a target of 6 hours of continuous work. Can you sit for 6 hours? I cannot.
- Divide your work in small fractions of times like a six-hour work can be twelve 30 minutes sessions throughout the day right?
- Start: Yes. Just get up and start your work. Isn’t there a saying just brush one tooth; you may end up doing the whole mouth?
- Focus on small amount of work done everyday.
- Eat that Frog: It is a very simple concept, simply finish the most difficult, since, we have most amount of will in the morning. And once you achieve the most difficult task, you will have good moral throughout the day for the easy ones.
- Break the canvas into Pixels: Write your plan and change it into timelines. Give yourself easy to do timelines to work on and one to finish the task. Make sure you finish each one. You finish one and the dopamine kick in your brain will take care of the rest.
- Carrots and Sticks approach: Use incentives to reward yourself for the work done, however make sure the brain gets a hit for not doing too. For example, I will not party if I don’t finish my work, however I will eat an extra desert if I finish. I whole process you are training your brain to be productive.
- Last but not the least is THE HABIT. Start working small, reward yourself these small victories and give yourself a habit of working on a particular time for certain hours. Manage time, maintain habits and keep getting the work done.
We are all procrastinators; it is the nature of a human being. However, if you follow the simple and a strategic way. We all can get the work done and avoid that Guilt Trip.
Bonus Fact. 1^365 is 1, However 1.01^365 is 37.7. So, do those small bits to grow yourself at least 37 times.
13 Procrastination Quotes to start you focusing today
- “Take time to deliberate; but when the time for action arrives, stop thinking and go in.”– Napoleon Bonaparte
- “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.”– Theodore Roosevelt
- “Getting an idea should be like sitting on a pin; it should make you jump up and do something.”– E.L. Simpson
- “Following-through is the only thing that separates dreamers from people that accomplish great things.”– Gene Hayden
- “Nothing is less productive than to make more efficient what should not be done at all.”– Peter Drucker
- “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”– Abraham Lincoln
- “Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work in hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”– Alexander Graham Bell
- “If you procrastinate when faced with a big difficult problem… break the problem into parts, and handle one part at a time.”– Robert Collier
- “It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.”– Seneca
- “Never put off for tomorrow, what you can do today.”– Thomas Jefferson
- “A year from now you may wish you had started today.”– Karen Lamb
- “The least productive people are usually the ones who are most in favor of holding meetings.”– Thomas Sowell