Procrastination can have a detrimental effect on our success. We all do it, but sometimes people do way too much of it. How can you actually start on that project you’ve been meaning to start but keep putting off? Of course, it is students who have the most familiar procrastination roadmap because of all the assignments they need to do throughout college, but throughout our lives, we are constantly delaying getting things done because of procrastination.
So what can we do to combat procrastination?
Why We Procrastinate
We often procrastinate because we are ‘not in the mood’ and we believe that if we do the work immediately our performance will be suboptimal. It’s important to note here that, even if your performance is suboptimal when you’re not completely in the mood, getting some work done is better than none.
Taking control of your procrastination won’t happen overnight so you need to ensure that you don’t set unrealistic goals you won’t be able to stick to. You should start small and build slowly and in time you will make a lot of progress.
How To Block Distractions
You can also take steps to block access to the things that distract us and make us procrastinate. For example, there are now some great apps that can do some of the work for you. For example, the app Anti-Social blocks you from time wasting websites when you’re studying and you really would be shocked how much time you waste checking your Facebook every 5 minutes. Even a quick look at your messages and updates will totally throw your concentration so it’s important to keep this in mind.
Check out this infographic from Gold Standard MCAT to help you understand procrastination, take steps to overcome it, and hopefully lead you to a more productive life.