When I analysed people’s handwriting, the most common trait that I found in almost 70% of the handwriting samples were procrastination trait. To me it’s a big concern because when this trait is a piece of your habits, difficult it is for you to attain success.
Researches have show that there are 40 dishonesty traits that could be identified in handwriting and it would be useful to us to at least know one or two traits. I am going to explain to you one of the lying traits, a very simple one.
The reason is that procrastination prevents you from doing things you’re supposed to do whether it’s something small or something very important. When you don’t do the things that are supposed to be undertaken you’re actually taking one step backward, long way from the success.
There were many reasons why people procrastinated e.g., they weren’t sure that they could do a good job or even simply as there was an instant gratification that allured them from doing the job such as watching their favourite show.
Personality Trait, Really?
I hope that you should realise by now that usually procrastination or putting off doing the supposed to do things would result in more harm and would jeopardize your opportunity for success.
The first thing you’ve got to do to eliminate procrastination is to admit to yourself that you have this habit in you. When you admit to yourself that you love to put-off doing things, it would make the process of eliminating this habit easier.
You won’t change or take the step to eliminate procrastination if you don’t think you have the habit even if all the people around you agree that you usually put off doing things a lot.
The daily plan should be taken at night before you go to sleep so that you could immediately start your tasks in the morning. Make a commitment to complete all the tasks scheduled, on time.
If the task is too big, chunk it into smaller achievable tasks. Always put the plan before you as a reminder of what should be completed.
Some people said that doing the easy task first would make you motivated to perform the difficult one later. There were also people who said that doing the difficult task first would make the other tasks which had to be completed after that easier. I would have to agree with the latter.
The reason I agree with the latter is only if you put off the difficult task until the end of the day you may not have sufficient time or even energy to complete it on the same scheduled day. As a result you’ll have to reschedule this task to the following day meaning that you’ll disrupt the next day’s schedule. This is how procrastination begins.
When you plan to do something, do it and undertake to complete the task on the appointed time. If you find it difficult to carry out the task by yourself maybe you should begin to consider asking other people for help.
In the beginning you could ask someone close to you or someone you trust to monitor you on a daily basis to confirm that you have completed the task that has been planned. You could ask them to do it at the end of each day or at least once every three days. Better yet have someone you respect to monitor you so that you would feel embarrassed if the task isn’t complete.
As mentioned earlier you could consider asking other people for help or assistance when you’re not able to carry out the task by yourself. Who knows there are possibilities that the people you ask for help could do a better job than you.
Every night before going to sleep review your plan to ensure all the tasks scheduled have been completed. If there are tasks that couldn’t completed, put down the reason why and restore the task into the next day plan or reschedule it towards a more appropriate day. Think of another way to complete the task.
Maybe the reality is that the task couldn’t be completed in one day. Therefore you could start chunking the task into small manageable chunks that could be completed in one day.
Reward yourself after achieving the goal is one of the main things people normally forget to do. The reward doesn’t have to become a big reward. Reward yourself with something you like to do or something you really want for example dinner at your favourite restaurant.
The reward will give you something to look forward to when you accomplish your goal. The reward will be something like a catalyst or motivation for you to carry out the goal on time.
However don’t go overboard in rewarding yourself. There were people who rewarded themselves even before they completed their goal where they enjoyed the reward so much that during the end they didn’t achieve their goal.
All you’ve got to do now is take action with six ways to put-off procrastination being revealed in front of you. In no time you realise that procrastination habit that you have is the thing of the past.