Procrastination or Laziness? – Lecture by Olena Samostian

Procrastination is more than just a buzzword. It’s commonly known as the thief of time. Olena Samostian, a psychologist and correctional neurologist, conducted a webinar for Daxxers on the subject, explained its nature, and offered proven ways to battle procrastination and motivate yourself to start. 

Olena Samostian - Lecture on procrastination
Olena Samostian

How many times have you put off doing something that needed to be done? Was it procrastination or laziness? It’s time to figure it out. 

In a nutshell, procrastination and laziness are two different concepts. 

Procrastination is the process of putting things off. Let’s say you’ve got an important task to do but you’re cleaning the house, calling your mom, or checking your social media instead. What’s remarkable is that you feel anxious and stressed because of that. Finally, you do the task at the last moment. More often than not, its quality is quite poor. 

In some cases, procrastination can be accompanied by decision paralysis. It’s the inability to choose between different options. The more options you have, the harder it is to choose. If you have a tough time choosing between option 1 and option 2, you can end up picking option 3 or simply doing nothing. 

Laziness is the lack of desire to do anything at all. You feel fine about it. You remain at the same place you’ve been before and refuse to complete any tasks. 

Here are 7 proven ways to overcome procrastination.

1. Eat the elephant one bite at a time. 

A big task may seem like too much to chew. Break it down into smaller pieces. They seem less difficult and daunting. Step by step, keep moving towards your goal. 

2. Estimate the time you need to complete a task. 

How much time do you need to do the whole thing? Probably, a lot! Ask yourself another question. How much time do you need to complete each small part of it? Not that much. Set clear time frames for doing every little action and get started. 

3. Keep your goal in mind. 

Always remember your WHY. Why do you need to complete this task? What kind of results will it bring? How would you feel when it’s finally done? Find the answer. It will guide you through the whole process. 

4. Practice small rewards for yourself. 

Rewarding yourself in little ways is a healthy practice. If you have a job well done, why not celebrate this small victory? It could be anything: treating yourself with your favorite cake, going to the cinema, lighting a candle, or spending time with a friend. 

5. Do something for a bet. 

It’s a common fact that sharing your plans with others keeps you more accountable. Test yourself. Do something for a bet. Are you capable of doing it or not? Enjoy your win if you succeed. 

6. Become a guru of planning. 

Do you have a planner yet? If not, it’s high time to buy it. Jot down your goals and keep track of the progress. Tick the boxes of what you’ve accomplished so far. It will add a bunch to your motivation. 

7. Embrace your emotions. 

Any psychologist would tell you that embracing your emotions is the first step to healing. If you feel annoyed, stressed or discontent now — accept it. Do you want to feel like that all the time? Take a deep breath and silence your inner critic. Practice a positive self-talk. 

Put these recommendations into practice each time you feel that procrastination is holding you back. Find out what works the best for you! 

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