I hate those moments where I wake up feeling uninspired, not motivated to do much. This usually happens when there’s a lot on my plate and I haven’t figured out a plan to tackle my pending responsibilities. I hate to admit it, but I am a procrastinator. It’s not intentional. It’s not something that I’m proud of.
Trying to conquer this perpetual bad habit is tough. I do it all; I set calendar reminders; I use digital checklists, and I also utilize a personal and work-related planner. Still, with these resources, I’m likely to roll out of bed later than expected, easily setting myself up for failing to get my daily tasks, especially in the workplace, done.
Recently, I had the urge to get to the bottom of my issue with procrastination. First, I started writing down when and why I found myself going down the rabbit hole. To my surprise (or maybe not), I always seemed to procrastinate when my to-do list exceeded five or more tasks. Next, I recognized three additional realities—problems—that kept me withering in the procrastination trap. As I kept digging, I immediately pinpointed the sources of my disengagement, quickly identifying three ways to fix each problem.
The Problem: Lack of Self-Confidence
The Fix: Self- Affirmations
Growing up, most of my teachers told me that I had potential. They were encouraging, telling me that I had to just believe in myself. As an adult, it’s still hard for me to embrace self-confidence. However, I am at a turning point in my life where I know that lacking self-confidence won’t do me any good. Daily self-affirmations have become a necessity—helping me to stay on track, ending waves of procrastination. A few of my favorite affirmations keep me mentally focused and motivated. I’ll look in the mirror and say, “today will be a good day” or “you’re beautiful.” On the days that I ignore my internal struggles, I suffer. My lack of self-confidence contributes to my putting off tasks because I saw myself (and the things I had to do) as potential failure. Thankfully, when I feel my confidence subside, I make it a priority to turn to self-affirmations.
The Problem: Making Excuses
The Fix: Accountability + Positive Outcomes
I’ll find a million and one reasons to push something off until I’m comfortable enough to confront the task at hand. While comfort is nice, it’s not realistic—it’s another way to make an excuse, and excuses lead to procrastination. Now, what I do, after outlining critical tasks, I hold myself accountable for the results. Prior to tackling my obligations, I list the positive outcomes that could evolve from me kicking my procrastination habit to the curb. It’s a step in the right direction. Looking at accountability and positive outcomes is the right kind of encouragement that I need.
The Problem: Being Afraid to Ask For Help
The Fix: A Curated Ask
Whenever I’m confronted with a difficult task that I simply cannot fix, and I know just the person who could help, I used to procrastinate, hoping and praying that I wouldn’t have to bother that person. Instead of this fainthearted approach, I’ve learned to focus on the timing of when I should ask for help. For example, if a colleague is juggling coffee, trying to answer emails and phone calls—it would not be a good idea to approach them. Figuring out the right moment to ask for help has helped me a lot. Sometimes, I’ll shoot an email. Sometimes, I’ll go up to them and ask. It’s all about curating. After all, a curated ask is better than not asking at all.
Every day I deal with issues that lead to procrastination. However, I’ve noticed that my methods of taking control of this bad habit have led to drastic improvement. Self-affirmations are helping me with my self-confidence. I hold myself accountable, and I focus on positive outcomes. As I navigate the workplace, I curate moments to ask colleagues for help. These are some of the ways that I’m beating procrastinating problems. What are some ways you tackle procrastination?
Author: Kadiyah Lodge
Author Bio: Kadiyah Lodge is a graduate of Mercy College. Professionally, she has worked with children and young adults. Kadiyah is from Poughkeepsie, New York. In her spare time, she enjoys all things fashion and style, writing, drinking lots of coffee and taking road trips with her husband.
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