Overcoming Procrastination

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Discover how to beat the damaging habit of procrastination, and get your tasks done on time.

Procrastination – which is when you put off tasks that you should be focusing on – can stop even the most promising career in its tracks. It can diminish the quality of your work, lead you to miss deadlines, cause others to avoid working with you, and can even damage your reputation. The good news is there's a lot you can do to overcome this bad habit.

First, it's important to recognize when you're procrastinating. Most people know when they're putting things off, but there are several signs you can watch out for. For instance, you might spend a lot of your time working on low priority tasks from your To-Do List.

Perhaps you sit down to work on a high-priority project, and then immediately take a coffee break. Or, maybe you wait around to be in the right mood to get started on something. Everyone's different, so pay attention to when you put off a task or project.

Your next step is to think about why you're procrastinating. Are you overwhelmed by the task? Are you disorganized and just don't want to get started? Or, are you a perfectionist, and don't think you have enough knowledge or skills to begin?

Once you understand why you're procrastinating, come up with some strategies to overcome it. For instance, if you're not motivated to get started, think about all of the unpleasant consequences of not completing this task.

If you're procrastinating because of disorganization, take time to prioritize your To-Do List, and then focus on one task at a time. Or, if you're procrastinating because of perfectionism, ask yourself how perfect the work actually has to be.

And don't forget to reward yourself. For example, have a gourmet coffee once you've completed a task that you've been putting off. Not only is this motivational, but you'll realize how good it feels when you actually finish things!

Remember, it can take a while to overcome a bad habit and establish a new routine, so don't give up! For more tips and strategies for beating procrastination, see the article that accompanies this video.

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  • Over a month ago bigk wrote
    Hi bigboss

    What is your motivation to do programming?

    Is this because you have good math and you could use this skill with programming?
    There other ways to use math like accountancy or audit and engineering.

    However if you mean the math element is a strength and you want to quickly add extra items to your skill set then math and programming do fit together.

    Programing does need team interaction skills but if you want to fit in the team and have a manager or leader to develop your team skills or improve your own personal or team skills this will need you to use your strengths to develop these skills while doing something that interests you.

    You can develop not only your math skills but use these strengths to develop your other skills although you see these at present as a skill to be developed and not a skill that is immediately available or useable by you in a team setting.
    If this is not one of your motivations or is useable in the work setting, you might want to find a way to become confident and position your skills to improve what you feel about team work.

    A team lead might want to use your math or programming skills but will still want to find ways to use your team interaction skills and use of your valuable team member skills but will want to understand what or why you feel you feel you have no team or self interaction skills to use with the other team members.

    A team needs it's members to interact together, software development is no different although the specialist skills required to develop software might need social and interaction skills rather than just technical skills, to be useful to each other you will need to become more confident about positioning your team member skills to be able to interact with other team members.

    Remember you need to find ways to develop these skills although your main efforts might be towards developing the programming skills to do the job.

    Is there a particular issue you feel you need more development with interacting or is this a question about confidence or the positioning of your technical or social skills?
    If this is the people or team skills you want to develop further while being able to focus mostly on the technical skills needed to develop software, you will need to consider how you position these skills to the work area?

    Happy to offer more help if I can do so...

    Bigk
  • Over a month ago bigboss wrote
    Hi,

    I have done my own SWOT analysis.

    One of my strengths is math, and my weakness is social interaction and copywriting.

    So I think could software building or programming be the "right brand" and "righ career" for me?

    I have (of course) used computer, but I have no experience or education in software building or programming. (And of course this is the reason why I ask this question).
  • Over a month ago Helena wrote
    Hi Zaheer

    You've obviously got a good grasp already of how the results of a SWOT analysis can provide their own solution - as you say:

    How do we use the strengths with the opportunities, strengths to beat the threats etc..?

    A good way to start figuring this out is to use TOWS analysis which will show you how to figure this out. Our article on TOWS analysis is here: http://mindtools.com/community/pages/ar ... STR_89.php

    Best wishes

    Helena
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