Hi, I’m @RuizuKun_Dev
I’m pretty much controversial & infamous among the community regarding my behavior and procrastination however today, I’m going to redeem myself.
As a Chronic Procrastinator myself, my life has been affected horribly by it;
- I’ve lost friendships
- I’ve lost money
- I’ve lost happiness
and I’ve gained pretty nasty side effects;
Honestly, I’ve been playing Overwatch A LOT lately, and I find myself feeling guilty afterward because I’ve been Procrastinating but I’m supposed to be working on my Game!
And this has led me to the decision to research “Procrastination” and defeat it for good.
Here’s what I’ve found:
Procrastination is a "Habit"
This is a simplified version of what a Habit is:
- Trigger (hungry)
- Action (eat)
- Reward (happy)
"We humans are all creatures of Habit"
So what is causing me to procrastinate so much:
- I feel guilty, stressed, anxious, fearful and depressed
- I play video games
- I feel better
And then …
- I stop playing
- I realized that I’ve been procrastinating
It’s vicious cycle
So how do we stop ourselves from Procrastinating?
I’ve been doing a lot of research on Motivation, Self-Discipline, Gamification, Endocrine System, Addiction, Habits, & Psychology, to name a few.
Here’s what I’ve found:
Biologically, most of us value short-term more than long-term rewards
There might be a failure in our executive function
- A skillset of; Planning, Prioritizing & Carry out tasks
There might be a failure in our mood regulation
- Giving in to feeling good and avoiding bad feelings
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all formula, however there are certain principles that we can follow:
We can manipulate these factors to increase our Motivation
Motivation is equal to (Expectancy x Value) / (Impulsiveness x Delay)
- Expectancy is the certainty of you achieving your goal
- Value is the reward and result of your actions
- Impulsiveness is how likely you are going to procrastinate
- Delay is how much time it will take until you achieve your goal or gain a reward
You can also follow these six steps:
- Forgive yourself
- Redefine your Goals
- Eliminate Distractions
- Breakdown your Project
- Re-frame tasks as input-based
- Start by setting up
You can use these techniques:
- Practice Self-Discipline
- Love the Process
- Pomodoro technique
- Build Self-Esteem
- Get accountability
- Use Loss aversion
- Embrace Discomfort
- Be your ideal self now
- Eat healthy
- Sleep right
Do not let the panorama of your life oppress you, do not dwell on all the various troubles which may have occurred in the past or may occur in the future. Just ask yourself in each instance of the present: ‘What is there in this work which I cannot endure or support?’ You will be ashamed to make any such confession. Then remind yourself that it is neither the future nor the past which weighs on you, but always the present and the present burden reduces if only you can isolate it and accuse your mind of weakness if it cannot hold against something this stripped bare.
Hopefully this provides value to the community as I’ve seen many threads recently concerning “Productivity”, “Work-Ethics” and “Procrastination”
If you know someone who is having trouble please share this with them, let us suffer less from procrastination!