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Getting Past Unhealthy Procrastination

You have done it again haven’t you? The task you were given weeks before is yet to be completed and the deadline is in 2 hours. You are panicking, tensed, frustrated, stressed out and you hate your job blah blah and you keep complaining. The last time this happened you promised yourself it wouldn’t repeat itself but here you are, you’ve Procrastinated again. 

If this is you, continue reading and don’t procrastinate reading this blog post. 

There may be more to chronic procrastination than laziness and you need to pay attention for the sake of your mental health.

Research has shown that procrastination often relates to your mood and emotional mindset. So in short, you may be procrastinating as a means of avoiding emotional distress you are likely to foresee. You may also be procrastinating as a result of fear, anxiety, imposter syndrome and excessive perfectionism.

Consequences of Ignoring Unhealthy Procrastination

Asides from having that pending task glaring down at you or being overwhelmed due to the various deadlines that you have to meet, chronic procrastination does have quite the effect on the state of your mental health. Chronic procrastination may also serve to warn you of an already existing mental health condition such as ADHD, OCD, depression, low self esteem and others.

It may be time to talk to a professional in order to tackle the root cause and move past chronic procrastination. As mentioned earlier, this may be more than just being lazy although laziness does have a part to play.

How To Move Past Unhealthy Procrastination

To our hardworking lazy readers, we hope that these tips may prove useful to you and you would be able to move past the trend of unhealthy procrastination.

  • Avoid distraction: While this may appear to be an obvious solution to procrastination, it is a difficult task for many procrastinators who can work around it. A good way to avoid distractions is to make a list of them and use them as rewards when you finish a task.

  • Follow the two-minute rule: The two-minute rule is simply breaking down difficult tasks into two minutes to avoid being overwhelmed by them and avoiding them altogether.

Starting a task is the most difficult part of getting something done, and by breaking it down, you are more likely to start it, and once started, you are more likely to complete it.

  • Join a relevant community: This is the most important step to take because it encourages you to keep doing tasks when you see other members of the community meeting their goals because you don't want to be the only person with no testimonies to share.

However, if you think that it is more than you can handle, we at EmpathySpace are here whenever you want to talk. But ermm,,... send us a message now so that this does not yet again turn into another pending task.

Let us help you.

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