Let him throw the first stone whoever never said the classic phrase “I’ll do it later” in the face of some pending task. One of the main enemies of any schedule and productivity, procrastination is more common than you might think.
You may have already noticed this, but it appears mainly when we need to perform activities that do not provide us with a sense of immediate pleasure. That is, when we need to do those most laborious and boring tasks.
This is because our brain loves to receive stimuli that trigger the mesocortilibic circuit – also known as the pleasure brain circuit. This region produces higher levels of dopamine when we receive satisfying impulses, like watching a movie, eating, or even laughing at some internet memes .
Despite being a very common behavior, it is important to keep an eye out and realize how recurrent procrastination has been. If it’s been disrupting the quality of your work or your study routine, maybe it’s good to turn on the red flag.
In order to give you extra strength so you don’t leave for tomorrow what can be done today, I’ve separated some tips on how to avoid the problem and boost your productivity.
How to stop procrastinating
Do your chores in homeopathic doses
We are short-sighted beings and always in search of immediate pleasures, so very complex or long tasks end up “cutting our high”. Therefore, it is interesting, whenever possible, to transform them into small activities, to be carried out little by little.
In this way, in addition to not having to do your duty “in the hustle” or in the rush to meet deadlines, you still stimulate your brain by providing the feeling of accomplishment with each step taken.
Start with emergencies
It is not always possible to break your tasks into pieces. So have a to-do list handy and list them in order of priority. This makes it easier to develop a sense of urgency and get those unavoidable “cucumbers” out of the way.
There are 24 hours in a day – use that to your advantage
At first it may seem boring, but developing a well-organized routine and separating times of the day for each task is always the best way. See, a day has exactly 1440 minutes, so having that in mind makes it easier to separate moments for work, studies, meals and even decompression.
Idleness is not always your enemy
Being a very busy person is not always synonymous with productivity. Therefore, having some idle and procrastinating moments (with parsimony and responsibility, of course) can be a powerful tool in terms of creativity.
As stated above, with a well-organized routine, it is possible to take a few moments out of your day to simply “unload” your brain. The justification is quite simple: happiness stimulates us mentally, unconsciously helping us to have more creative and fluid ideas and solutions.
Don’t cover yourself too much
Whether it’s fatigue, stress or really some creative block on the day, no matter how well your schedule is organized, it’s inevitable that some days just don’t go as planned. And everything is fine.
In these moments, take a deep breath, respect your time, talk to your manager and/or teacher and, if applicable, signal that the day is being unproductive. In this way, it will be possible to reorganize the demands, take a deep breath and start over on the next more centered day.