๐Ÿ”ฅ Battling daily procrastination

07 March 2022 ยท Updated 05 July 2022

๐Ÿ”ฅProcrastination is a serious threat.

But what keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do?

What is the enemy that every one of us must face?

Here are 4 reasons why you put things off and how you can reframe them:

 ๐Ÿค– lack of self-control

If you have more willpower, you are better able to stick to tasks and projects even if they are not much fun. Either suffer the pain of discipline or suffer the pain of regret.

๐Ÿ… lack of self-efficacy

If you feel that you can successfully complete your tasks, then the likelihood of procrastination decreases. Small steps lead to big progress and more frequent dopamine hits.

 ๐Ÿ“Š task-aversiveness

Activities that make little sense to you are more likely to be postponed than those whose meaningfulness is clear to you. Clear tasks lead to clear results and a dopamine hit.

 ๐ŸŽฏ A long time horizon

This cause of procrastination can often be combated with better planning. Instead of working on one big project, motivation increases when you set achievable intermediate goals. Milestones > One big Release.

Maybe you recognize yourself in one or the other point.

But it is important to be aware of them and think about why you put things on the back burner.

Because if you procrastinate on the things that help you grow, the world will mirror that level of self-worth back to you.

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  • Hugo

    One thing I’ve found is that breaking my tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks really helps combat procrastination. It’s easier to start when you’re not staring down a daunting, monolithic project. This method also gives you the quick wins you need to maintain momentum. Plus, setting short-term goals keeps you on track and forces clarity in planning. Remember, progress, no matter how small, is still progress.

  • Felix Weber

    One tactic I’ve found incredibly useful, not mentioned here, is leveraging technology to combat procrastination. Tools like time management apps and website blockers can enforce discipline when self-control wanes. Setting strict time limits on tasks with apps can mimic the pressure of a deadline, pushing you to focus more intensely than you might naturally. It’s surprising how effective a bit of structured, external pressure can be in boosting productivity and overcoming the urge to procrastinate. This approach complements setting small goals and breaking tasks down by also managing the digital distractions that often pull us away from our work.