“I will start my work outs once I will back from my holidays”
“ I will start every new task from the 1st of every month.”
“ Oh!!! Dear we have a lot of time , just take a chill pill. We do accomplish this task before time.”
These are the certain sentences that we use in our day to day life as a result we keep postponing our work and at the end we feel stressed or anxious . Just want to ask few questions .
‘ Are you always short of time? Do you wish you had more than twenty four hours in a day? Do you postpone things on a later date ? Well , if it so then I must say you are suffering from the monster of procrastination.
The word Procrastination has come from the Latin word “ Pro” meaning “ in favour of “ and “ Cras “ meaning tomorrow. It is defined as the act or the habit of delaying or putting things off for a later date. A tiny problem that can be solved easily develops into a huge one when we ignore it , thus giving rise to confusion and loss of precious time and energy in trying to untangle it.
The things can be illustrated more with the help of the story below. Though most of us know this story but still things would be better connected if recalled or revised again.
Once there was a tailor bird called Chirpy , who lived on a big mango tree. Chirpy was a busy little bird who took good care of her family. He was always fluttering in and out of his little cosy nest to look for insects to feed his little ones or collecting grass to strengthen his nest from the approaching monsoons. In the same tree lived Chintu , the crow , who was very lazy and spent all his time sleeping or gossiping with the other birds in the neighborhood.
Many a times Chirpy told Chintu .”Please repair your nest. The monsoon is soon approaching and the heavy winds could blow it away.”
“You worry too much chirpy , you must learn to enjoy life. I can get it done in a jiffy. After all it is a small hole ,” Chintu replied. As the days went by the whole in Chintu’s nest grew bigger and bigger and it was in danger of falling apart. One day , there was heavy thunder and lightening and it started raining. Chintu realized that his family is in grave danger.
He flew helter skelter looking for twigs and tiny sticks to repair his nest. While Chirpy sat snugly in her nest. He flew from tree to tree to save his home and almost collapsed in exhaustion .Finally , Chirpy also gave a helping hand and helped Chintu rebuilding his nest. Chintu realized his foolishness and promised never again to postpone any work that required immediate attention.
This is very true with most of us .We procrastinate our work to a future date , only to increase our problems.
Why do we procrastinate?
Procrastination is a bad habit and we should prevent it from developing in our character.
Here are few reasons why people procrastinate.
- Lack of concentration and finding the task boring or uninteresting.
- Filling the day with low priority tasks rather than with the most interesting ones.
- Leaving an item in the to do list for a long time.
- Waiting for the right time and right mood to complete important tasks.
- Regularly saying yes to the unimportant tasks that others want us to do and spending time on them .
- Last but the most dangerous one , spending unnecessary time on social media and ending up stressed or exhausted.
How to avoid Procrastination:
You cannot break the habit of procrastination overnight , but by following some tips you can gradually overcome this problem. Some of the tips to avoid procrastination are:
- Self discipline is important . Character is built when you learn – that things need to be done , even you don’t feel like doing them.
- Prioritize your goals and determine what need to be done to achieve them.
- Create a calendar or to do list that identifies daily tasks , which need to be done.
- Break the tasks into manageable can do parts . Like cleaning up a room , picking up your books , clothes, then dusting followed by sweeping.
- Finish the uninteresting task first so that you feel a sense of relief .Starting is the biggest hurdle.
- Organize your surrounding so that you are encouraged to take up the task and finish on time.
- Identify the risk or loss associated with not doing the task on time and feel the pressure of ots negative consequences.
- Focus one task at a time.
- Set your time bound goals. Prepare action plans .That way you will have no time for procrastination.
- Make up your own rewards .For example , promise yourself a fifteen minutes break before starting a new task or treat yourself to a candy on completing a task successfully.
Remember procrastination is an unhealthy habit and adds unnecessary pressure to your life. Procrastination is often called as the “thief of time” .
Work does not disappear if we delay it .One day or the other it has to be done. The more we postpone the more the work piles up. Finally we have no choice but to tackle it .