Procrastinate is a relatively new term that has arisen to name those unproductive moments in which we choose not to do the irrepressible tasks to do them “later”. And this has been associated with the modern trend of paying attention to social networks or surfing the Internet, interested in what is current, and postponing what is important at the moment.
As a result, we go through life with an endless list of pending tasks that enter us into a vicious circle between the guilt of not having done them and the anxiety of doing them, and that overwhelm us making us feel unproductive.
But why do we procrastinate?
There are three general causes that all procrastinador has suffered:
- The immediate reward: at the moment of procrastination we do not have immediate negative consequences, on the contrary, what we choose to do is what we want in the moment and we are interested more.
- Overestimating productivity in the future: it is common to justify postponing a task because “later” we will do it better. It’s to believe that there will be a perfect moment that is not now.
- Fear: this motive becomes the most hidden, as it is capable of paralyzing us and is usually linked to important activities that we avoided and we decided to replace with those that are simpler.
However, there is a way to procrastinate positively, and thus achieve a balance in our to-do list. And the best part is that you can start today, because, why leave it for later!
- Do something more important: in the list of tasks we do in a day we can prioritize and so at a time when we do not want to continue with something we are doing, we can change to another one that is more important and we are more interested in.
- Do something less important: prioritizing in our list of tasks we can identify the small activities that we have to meet but are not so relevant. And so at the moment we have the need to do something else, we can go to those simpler responsibilities that no matter that they are not among the urgent ones, but that will allow us to advance in the cleaning of things and will make us feel productive.
- Doing nothing is also productive: breaks are necessary to increase performance. Taking some time can help us focus better. Pausing at a point in time can combat the stress of completing a task.
One tool that will support you to achieve positive procrastination is the idstress application. In idstress, you find different breathing exercises that give you a direct benefit to your body and train your mind to strengthen it and be resolvable. With your new idstress application, you’ll be able to plan your days despite a complicated pace of life.
To finish off and feel even better, it has been proven that procrastinators are actually great workers and that they are able to do a great deal of work, even if it is not at the time they are supposed to.
Specialist in Emotional Education and Stress Management