The Art of Procrastination


Procrastinate (v\prə-ˈkras-tə-ˌnāt) – the process of delaying or putting off one tasks before the deadline because you feel lazy about doing it.

Why do we procrastinate?

In Freudian psychology, there is what we called “pleasure principle”, which acts as a driving force for us to avoid pain and seek instant gratification at any moment. This is what drives us to procrastinate because we want to avoid negative emotions from doing such task. We sometimes prefer to delay or do less urgent tasks to intentionally skip from stress that these things might be able to bring us.

How to procrastinate wisely?

If we want to do less important tasks from the most important ones, might as well make use of the most unproductive times we have wisely. This may be a little complicated to do because our main goal from procrastination is do nothing at all but to seek pleasure. However, if we practice such habit whenever we feel lazy from doing things, we can definitely refrain ourselves from procrastination.

1. Power nap

We sometimes get to the point of procrastination because our mind feels weak from grasping tons of information in doing certain tasks. When we feel we can no longer grasps new information, give your mind a break through power nap. This can significantly help to restore our mental alertness. This way you can have an energy to finish what you are doing.

2. Exercise (stretching)

Laziness is our number one enemy here. Weakness is what triggers us to feel lazy and stop us from doing something. To regain energy again, doing a little exercise like stretching can really help a lot. Take a jog for 30 minutes or less to, at least, keep your mind away from the stressful tasks you’re doing.

3. Feed your mind. Eat!

Instead of mindlessly staring at your paper works or computer screen, why not grab something to eat. It can help you to think well and do things correctly. But make sure you eat something healthy like fruits. Avoid junk-foods because it can do no good to boost your mental and body energy.

4. Stop. But don’t make it too long.

It’s okay to stop in the middle of your work and enjoy a little pleasure of doing nothing. Go outside, get some fresh air, then go back and do your task again. But don’t enjoy it too much because you might get to forget that you have something important to do.

Admittedly, I procrastinate more often than I should be working productively, but I’m trying my best to avoid it with these simple steps. The pleasure that we can get from doing nothing at all is truly tempting, but if we try to see the negative outcome it can give to us we’ll be able to step out of the comfort zone of doing it.

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