Procrastination in Goal Setting

How do you manage your time doing all the regular things that you do on a daily basis in addition to the bonus tasks for your set goals? This is especially hard if you are one who is easily distracted. Hence, you end up spending more time battling procrastination than actually getting things done. So how do you do it?

An advice that was previously mentioned in this blog was to spend some time doing that thing that you do for procrastination and then do all your tasks after that. Well, it works for me sometimes but other times it doesn’t. Now what? There’s another method. Relax. You could give yourself a time limit to do these unnecessary activities. The most you can give it is an hour and make sure to set an alarm for it so you can keep track of your time. Then, after that, don’t ever, and I mean EVER, go back to doing that procrastination activity until you’ve actually finished your goals and objectives for the day.

It will be difficult to perfectly stick to your time limit the first time you do this, but that’s okay. That’s a normal reaction. So chill and give it a second, third, fourth, even a fifth chance. If that still doesn’t work, check out the next article for another tip on the ever strong enemy of goal setting, procrastination. 😉

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What to do with Procrastination

If you find yourself constantly procrastinating and postponing doing the tasks that you need to do for your job or goal even though you really want to do them, it could be that you need a break. No, you don’t necessarily have to quit. You just need to take some time off or dedicate your weekend to relaxing and having fun.

What to do with Procrastination

Don’t think about work and all the things that you have to do. Leave them all in the workplace. Focus on living the moment of a stress free day. You can go to a spa, to the beach, or go shopping with your friends. Do anything that you think will allow your mind to relax. Do an activity that will rejuvenate your energy for work. After your fun weekend, hopefully, you will have more desire to perform your tasks and you will find yourself not even thinking about procrastination. Your output will increase or you will be back to your energetic self.

It is suggested that you should not only do this when you feel that you are becoming too stressed. Do this regularly so that you will avoid getting too stressed out or in worst cases burned out. Getting burned out is the last thing you want to happen because usually this will lead to you quitting your job and it might be difficult to convince yourself not to do that.

What happens when you Procrastinate?

Have you ever thought about it? Usually, it starts with you doing your task and then you suddenly get drawn to something else such as a very magnetic distraction like facebook or 9gag. We don’t notice the first few minutes when it happens. We just suddenly get distracted and when we notice it, we tell ourselves we’re procrastinating but we don’t do anything about it. That’s the reason why we end up getting set back. After hours of being immersed in your distraction you finally tell yourself to stop. And then you get back to work but you’ve lost hours of productive time already.

What happens when you Procrastinate?

Well, better than not stopping at all, right? But that shouldn’t be the case. We shouldn’t settle for an it’s-better-than-nothing attitude. We should work hard to fight it especially when you’re working on a very important task wherein not being able to reach the deadline will have great negative effects on your career and maybe even your life.

What should you do? Goal Setting Workshop‘s article on procrastination discusses an effective strategy that you can do when you’re a common victim of procrastination.