The way we go through our to-do lists (or even the way we think about having to-do lists) vary from person to person and have a major impact on our productivity level. The way we handle our schedules affects the pace and quality of getting things done. Undoubtedly, procrastination is one of the main killers of productivity.
Along with the well-known causes of procrastination like busy schedules, bad timing, dealing with unpleasant tasks, online and offline distractions, and lack of motivation, come different types of causes that are not as widely-discussed yet very important. The following three are the perfect example of procrastination causes that we rarely talk about:
Perfectionists often avoid doing certain tasks just because they doubt their abilities to do them perfectly. They tend to set aside tasks until the time is perfect. Worrying about the quality of the work is what makes a perfectionist to procrastinate.
Instead of postponing the completion of the task just because you worry that it might not be perfect, get to work. Acting on time will give you the ability to finish faster and to polish your work during the time left before the deadline.
Lack of self-confidence
Completing difficult tasks is challenging. Many people tend to avoid starting to work on difficult projects because they lack the self-confidence and fear that they will fail. However, procrastination won’t save you from failure. It may even become the reason for it.
Instead of running away from the challenge, embrace it. Start slow and give yourself enough time to prepare. If you lack information, read on it. Consult yourself with an expert if needed. Do whatever you need to increase your confidence. What will save you from failure is not procrastination – it is the opposite – action.
Out of habit
Many people procrastinate out of habit. This is just how they are used to doing things – to leave them for the last moment. If this habit doesn’t have negative effects on your performance, continue the old way. But if procrastination has become your productivity’s enemy number one, you need to start acting on breaking the habit of avoiding tasks that have to be done.
Breaking a habit is a difficult journey, especially if it is an old one. To begin with, try to think of the reason why you have formed this habit: Was it formed during your high school years? Is it a result of following a role model? Did you form it while in your current position?
Once you know the causes it will be easier for you to start working on breaking the habit. It may be difficult, but it will be worth it because procrastination rarely leads to something good overtime.