I have to finish the presentation and prepare for the meeting, but let me sleep for another couple of hours. So many chores to do; I’ll do everything at once tomorrow.
The coronavirus lockdown is making people procrastinate more than ever. After all, life has become confined to the walls of our homes where we hold our meetings, do our assignments, unwind, and sleep, all under the same roof. No wonder our personal and professional lives are overlapping with each other in unusual ways. The result: procrastination.
It’s no mystery that humans procrastinate. But in times like these, procrastination can turn into a habit and soon into a conspicuous trait, if left unaddressed. The first step to overcome procrastination is to recognise it.
In this feature, Soulveda dives into the human mind to explore why we procrastinate and how we can rise above it.
Often it’s the first step that is the toughest to take. Spending time planning about all the steps, thinking about the failures that might come, or stress that will weigh you down—you do everything one can do, other than taking that first step.
To start your journey, visualise your destination. Imagine how you would feel once you have achieved your goal. Picture how you would celebrate your accomplishment with your loved ones. Such exercises can motivate you to take the first step and never look back.
Leaving a task in the middle to start doing something new is the oldest trick in the book of procrastination. You want to check your Instagram feed, pass a meme you received from a friend to another friend, or just stream a few scenes of a movie—distractions are endless in this digital age. And the more distracted you are the more procrastination you will do.
You don’t have to compromise with your pastimes to become more focused and productive. You just need a meticulous plan that can leave enough time at the end of the day for your interests. So make a timetable. Assign time to each task. Write down your lunch hours and plan your short breaks. Once a plan is ready, you just have to stick to it. In the end, you will have more work done and more leisure at hand.