It’s time to break this procrastinating mindset. Not to mention that we are constantly distracted and interrupted every second, we often procrastinate on finishing tasks because of other various reasons.
When you’re working on something without a clear deadline, seeing it through to its end can be a huge challenge.
- Fear of failure
Fear of failure is perhaps the biggest obstacle to success. It’s not the failure itself, but the fear of it. It’s discouraging, and you might find it hard to break out of the pattern because you might be scared of what would come next. Some people might fear to fail to impress, which means that you might care so much about what people would think of you when you fail, or show your vulnerability. Some people actually do just that, preying on you and attacking you whenever there is a sign. Yet, you should train yourself to be stronger and be greater at dealing with these kind of hatreds.
2. Fear of setting the bar too high
I personally have this fear present and I know it’s hard to overcome it.
Do too good of a job the first time around and you might be setting yourself up with impossible standards for the future.
So what should we do? Accept that we can fail over and over again. This is the reason why I started training myself to value the process more than the end results, because regardless of whatever we have put in the process, sometimes result can just be pure luck. What we can do is to prepare for our best by repeatedly do what we think is right until we make it through.
3. Not wanting to put an end to the fun
So this is the contrasting viewpoint of the above. Sometimes we are so excited about the process, and we have so much joys working on it that we don’t put a deadline over. It might lead people to belabor what they’re working on, simply as away of avoiding giving it up.
In order to solve the solution, you can try some of the following:
1. Stop ruminating over the negatives.
Are you ruminating about failures or savoring the good times? “What we found was that they were ruminating about failures,” says Joseph Ferrari, professor of psychology at DePaul University of his examination of procrastination patterns in creative people. The problem is, this is what caused the delay of the process.
2. Being a perfectionist is no excuse.
Calling yourself a perfectionist for not getting things done is not an excuse. There is no change in perception whenever you say you are a perfectionist. You are just purely self-maintained.
3. Working under pressure doesn’t actually produce better results.
More likely they busy themselves doing things other than what they are supposed to be doing. Claiming you work best under pressure–another of the procrastinator’s favorite go-tos–is simply not true, says Ferrari. When put under time restraints to complete a task, he found that subjects claiming to work better under pressure actually produced worse results.
4. Quit getting stuck on the big picture.
Procrastinators who avoid finishing what they’ve started don’t miss the forest for the trees, as the euphemism goes–they miss the trees for the forest. “People who have trouble finishing a project don’t have problems seeing the big picture,” says Ferrari. “It’s how to break it down into manageable tasks that can be paralyzing.” His advice? “Just do something now. Start something and get going.”
Initial article credit goes to: Why you can never finish anything and how to change it – F@stCompany