You are sitting behind your desk to work. You are replying to emails from colleagues and clients. Suddenly you realize hours have passed, and all that you did was reply to more emails. It has become extremely hard to focus with all the distractions around us.
Psychology defines procrastination as an act of putting off work. Chronic procrastinators often suffer from depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-control. Surprisingly, almost 20% of our population is a chronic procrastinator.
Procrastination Is A Habit
Mel Robbins is a Motivational and Keynote Speaker, creator of the 5-second rule, and author of ‘Taking Control Of Your Life.’ She believes procrastination is a habit that we developed as a child. As we grew older, we procrastinated on different activities; hence the habit only grew stronger. If you believe that this behavior is a habit, it takes the pressure off you. A habit can be changed easily. Besides, being conscious of your procrastination habit can bring a positive change in your life.
How To Reduce Procrastination?
Derigo Dash is a personalized dashboard for your browser’s new tab. It was designed considering the needs of a new-age digital worker. Derigo aims to assist its user in improving focus by prioritizing important targets and eliminating distractions. Below we will explain how you can increase your focus while using Derigo Dash. Eventually, you will observe significant improvement in your overall productivity and performance.
Firstly, all changes start with accepting the flaws. Monitor your behavior for a few weeks. Derigo Dash has a Notes widget displayed on the screen. Make quick notes on it whenever you are at work. Trigger yourself using the Quotes widget to reflect on important questions when you find yourself procrastinating. Questions can be, why am I avoiding this activity? Will delaying benefit me? Does the activity require external help or additional time?
Most people continue procrastinating because their previous experience suggests that they can complete their work in a short time. The fear of deadlines forces you to accomplish the target. However, this self-imposed stress is counterproductive and unhealthy in long term. The right way is to divide your activity into smaller achievable targets. If you check your financial transactions daily, you could avoid the stress of reviewing each entry of a finance report at the end of the month. Consequently, without the stress and burden of an impending deadline, your focus and concentration will improve while working.
Moreover, evaluate your journal notes at the end of the week. You can schedule it in the Weekly To-Do widget as a reminder. Determine if you are avoiding only unpleasurable tasks and find appropriate actions. The what-if scenarios prepare you in advance to break a bad habit. For example, if you end up watching cat videos when you need to be editing long pages of codes. Beforehand block the video applications and turn notifications off from social media websites.
Similarly, if you are delaying difficult work, decide who you can contact to get extra help. The purpose of this exercise is to catch yourself deviating and guide yourself back. Make a list of your triggers in the Notes widget and write appropriate actions against each of them. Each time you follow your what-if scenario, mark it off in the habit tracker widget. Over time you will realize your procrastination habit has reduced.
Successful people also procrastinate when they get bored. But they have developed strategies to fight off this habit. After a specific time, they take a walk away from the desk. Some people even meditate for a few minutes to clear their heads.
Many perfectionists procrastinate because they are never satisfied with the result. Hence there is a lot of friction when starting. Mel emphasizes that the only solution is to wake up your mind with the 5-second rule. Counting backward 5-4-3-2-1 activates your prefrontal cortex. This part of the brain takes action. Next, start the task just for 5 minutes. Set a timer and tell yourself “I will only work for 5 minutes”. Once you start working, the process gets easier, and you will continue working. Derigo Dash has a Pomodoro timer to keep you on track.
The Pomodoro technique is highly recommended because it produces the result. If you believe spending 3 hours editing your YouTube video is adequate, set the timer for 45 minutes sessions. Take a 15 minutes break and get back. After three hours finish your work. Without a time restriction, you will likely extend your editing for the entire day, spending time on insignificant small details.
Finally, remember procrastination is a continuous struggle for everyone. The difference comes if you set up suitable techniques to prevent this habit from wasting your time and mental peace. Derigo Dash is a valuable system with customizable widgets to help you reach your full potential. Try it out today and design a working system for yourself based on your specific needs.