Before we discover a treatment for this universal disease, ‘procrastination', let us look at some of the reasons behind it.
You don't feel like doing it. Your mood is o_ and you are emotionally down.
You don't think that it is the right time to take action, when actually it is.
How can you feel inclined to do it when the goal is not clear?
You thought doing it was no big deal, but when you started you realized that you would have to put in much more effort than you first thought. So why not postpone it for now?
You started but did not have an idea about exactly what was expected. You did not know the performance criteria.
When you think you have to do it, your motivation is reduced. Your heart and mind are not fully involved.
You finally got around to doing it but the task was too vague, unclear and blurred. Then you did not find good reason to continue.
‘I don't think I can do it; if I go ahead I will not succeed.'
‘I don't have the right skills or resources to do this perfectly, so I won't do it at all.'
After acquiring all the tools, techniques and strategies, why do people not put into use what they know? Why do people choose inaction instead of taking action? We have identified some psychological fears. These fears suppress your inventiveness; your talents and resources remain hidden, undeveloped and untapped. These fears include:
If I were unsuccessful, how would I handle the embarrassment? It's better not to show up for this presentation. Let's procrastinate.
If I do it this time, people will expect me to do it again. Will I be able to
handle the pressure that comes with success?
If the status quo is disturbed, who knows how the new situation will
turn out? Let's maintain things as they are. Why take a risk?
If I started it now, I would not complete it until I achieved a level of perfection. Do I have time for perfection?
If I did it now, I might end up losing out on a few things. Can I
How would you recognize in yourself the symptoms of procrastination?
• Filling your day with low priority tasks from your To Do list
• Reading an e-mail more than once, without starting work on it
• Starting work on a high-priority task, and almost immediately going off to make yourself a cup of coffee or check your e-mails
• Leaving an item on your To Do list undone for a long time, even though you know it's important
• Regularly saying ‘Yes' and filling up your time with unimportant tasks
2. You find the task overwhelming
This attitude or syndrome has the potential to negatively impact your results, success and even your entire life. I have created a strategy to defeat procrastination and build results faster. I call it the IMAN TECHNIQUE.
Are you ready to act now? :)