Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that you need to get done, usually before a set deadline.
Sometimes it’s very obvious that we are doing it, and sometimes it’s in disguise when we try to multitask instead of keeping our head down and work on the task at hand.
When we finish something we are hit by dopamine, the reward brain-chemical, so isn’t it strange that even though we love ticking things off our lists, we all fall pray to procrastination?
Clarity of what needs to be done is crucial in killing our procrastination trends. If you don’t know what you a re suppose to do and why, your brain can come up with multiple things to fill out the gaps.
Setting smaller targets can also be a good strategy to get things done. When the targets are too big it’s easy to get overwhelmed and abandon the ship entirely. This includes working on your task and adding in rest intervals.
Taking rest intervals means stepping away from the task for a few minutes. This can help you recharge and come back at it with fresh ideas. Try the Pomodoro Timer and stick with it – work for 25 minutes and step away for 5 minutes.
Moving your body will help the heart deliver oxygenated blood to the brain, which will allow you to feel more energised and actually think better. There is a reason for why all good ideas comes while you are out on a solitude walk.
Sleep on it if you are really stuck. Sleep allows your brain to recharge and create new connections between different lobes. If you are constantly sleep deprived, your brain can function as poorly as if you’ve been drinking alcohol.