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5 ways to deal with Procrastination

Do you procrastinate?

I have many many dreams and many more goals to achieve
Plans are made too,  I’m ready I believe

But I’m waiting for the stars to align, for that perfect time, 
Coz if I get started now, that would be a crime

In January I was to start, but you know how things were this year
I won’t be able to devote the time I wish is what I really fear

But next year I won’t let anything stand in my way
Coz 1st jan is a brand new year, and a brand new day

Do you think like this, put things off and away?
Do you procrastinate and wait for that perfect day?

Don’t leave it off for later, what you can do today,
Procrastination can be lethal, a heavy price to pay

I wrote this poem in frustration. 

There are things I wanted to do, dreams, goals, plans all in place but I was just not able to begin. I believed I had trouble starting. But the reality, which I discovered later, was that procrastination had become a habit and that began affecting my self-esteem.

And I know I’m not alone. Procrastination seems to be a universal problem. Everyone seem to struggle with at one point or the other. We have issues to get started on what we want to do, what we think are important us, things we dream about. Then why do we put them off?

To my understanding and of course, referenced by psychological journals, we tend to procrastinate to avoid something. It could be boredom, anxiety, or fear. Or a combination of all of these unpleasant emotions. And sometimes because we are addicted to a distraction. 

Procrastination is a coping mechanism to help us avoid all these strong emotions. If we ignore these tasks at this moment, put them off until later, our mood improves instantly. 

There’s nothing wrong with that. We need to do what we feel at that moment.

The problem is when it happens day after day, year after year and eventually, procrastination becomes a habit. And that has long term implications. 

We could lose out on opportunities. We could damage our reputation. We may harm relationships, and worse end up hurting our self-esteem. Procrastination makes us our worst enemy.