For many of us, procrastination is a daily struggle. According to certain studies and therapeutic experience, we procrastinate in order to avoid the negative emotions that we associate with a certain task.
We know that we have a problem with procrastination when deadlines are a source of panic, when bills are never paid on time, when we start projects but never finish them.
For most people, procrastination is a symptom for other underlying issues. It might be a genetic problem, like untreated attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD). But it can be simpler than that. It can be just about an incapacity to deal with our emotions.
Putting off things might give us a temporary relief from anxiety, but since the task at hand is still there in the morning, chances are that we will feel even more stressed and discouraged.
In order to tackle this problem that can drive everybody around us crazy, including ourselves, therapists have come up with some simple tricks:
- Make a plan and stick to it.
- Set your priorities straight.
- Start with the hardest task at hand.
- Take little breaks to reset your brain.
- Slow down when anxiety is at its peak (breathing, walking).
- Practice confrontation on difficult subjects.
The more we are in touch with our feelings and learn how to deal with them effectively, the less we will procrastinate and therefore feel bad about ourselves.
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