How to Get Over Procrastination

December 11, 2015

5:10 pm

This is the very first step towards ending of your days as a procrastinator (promise…kind of). Procrastination: the action of delaying or postponing something; your first tip is to avoid procrastination.

“Who would have thought that after decades of struggle with procrastination, the dictionary, of all places, would hold the solution. Avoid procrastination. It looks so easy, are we all missing something?. While we’re at it, let’s make sure obese people avoid overeating, depressed people avoid apathy, and someone please tell beached whales that they should avoid being out of the ocean.” — Tim Urban.

No, avoid procrastination is only good advice for fake procrastinators – the people who say things like “I go on Facebook a few times every day at work — I’m a procrastinator!” These same people will say to a real procrastinator something like “don’t procrastinate and you’ll be fine.” The thing that neither the dictionary nor fake procrastinators understand is that for a real procrastinator, procrastination isn’t optional — it’s something they don’t know how to not do. Want to hear my favorite procrastination joke? I’ll share it later.

The tendency to procrastinate dates back to the very beginnings of civilization. The twenty-first century seems no different at all. Students procrastinate instead of doing their schoolwork. In a study, 32 percent of surveyed students were found to be severe procrastinators which means that their procrastination had gone from being an annoyance to being an actual problem while 1 percent claimed that they never procrastinated at all.

Founders and employees procrastinate instead of taking care of their office tasks. The average employee, one survey found, spends about an hour and twenty minutes each day putting off work – that time translates to a loss of about nine thousand dollars per worker per year.

We’ve all experienced the feeling. There’s that email we have to send, that phone call we have to schedule, that project we have to finish but despite our best intentions – we don’t get closer to doing any of it. For most founders, procrastination isn’t a pleasant experience; it’s a feeling of growing pressure knowing we’ll have to deal with whatever it is we’re putting off. If we don’t want to procrastinate, then why do we persist in doing it?

I have an idea: instead of doing whatever you’re supposed to be doing right now, take a look at Steel’s online procrastination test. There are few things we like more than online personality assessments — and this one might even help you beat your procrastination. Just you wait and see. Oh, yes I forgot about the joke — just don’t procrastinate and you’ll be more than fine :).

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I’m a founder , operator and writer. Co-founder of Frontdoor a new service that uses artificial intelligence to create a smarter, simpler and more personalized real estate experience—wherever you are!

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