Beating Procrastination via Goal Setting
Let’s be frank. We’ve all procrastinated. From relaxing with Netflix instead of sending your boss that email, to hanging out with friends when you should be studying for that test tomorrow, we have all stretched the boundaries of what it means to “do things at the last minute.” Procrastination can not only waste one’s time, but it can also decrease quality of work and productivity. Overcoming that initial hesitation and beating the laziness to begin working can sometimes require strong motivation and dedication, not to say that it is not doable. While some have a balanced sense of having fun as well as getting work done, others see getting work done as their duty. However, there are those who just can’t get around to start working. If that’s you, do not worry because an effective tactic called goal setting might be perfect for you.
By setting periodic goals that are well laid and thought out ahead of time, you can plan out your day-to-day schedule in a much easier manner. Knowing what you have to get done ahead of time helps allot time for things outside of work. Furthermore, as the due date of a task nears, the individual is rushed with a sense of urgency, after which he or she feels pressured to start and finish it. Not delivering work on time, even though it was laid out on a calendar, can lead to feeling guilty of not accomplishing that particular task successfully. This is actually a good thing as it motivates an individual to plan better the next time and demonstrates the importance of accomplishing things on time, which ultimately compels them to finish their next task by the listed deadline and thereby break out of the procrastination cycle.
Whether the goals are professional or personal, they help inform you of your capability and assist in maintaining a balanced lifestyle without getting behind on anything. A little bit of planning can go a long way into eliminating stress and making sure you chose work over friends, Netflix, or maybe even your girlfriend at times!