It is something to stay on top of!
I personally think procrastination is compounded if it's something you don't actually want to do.
I think procrastination is like candy versus exercise. It's easy to start eating candy but hard to start consistently exercising. One poisons the other. I've had months where i was going to bed at 8pm sharp and waking up at 4am and I felt amazing, things at work were always on time...and then the one weekend I stay up all night...I'm back to sleeping late and procrastinating because I feel behind on other things...sorry for my little rant.
Anyways, when I was in high school, I told one of my neighbors I wasn't ready to work for them because I just started the cross country team and wanted to figure out my schedule first. One of my friends ended up getting the job even though my neighbor said they'd really rather employ me. Well, I didn't think much of it until my friend told me how much he was making...20$/hour plus commission! I was mind blown and that's still a little mind blowing for that time and area. I went straight to my neighbor to let them know I had figured out my schedule...ooops.."sorry I gave the job to your friend...but I'll let you know when I can bring another person onboard..." well that was the end of that...I knew they wouldn't be asking me. They probably saw right through me. So it's not really a story about do it or you lose out on money...but I ignored someone who wanted to give me an amazing opportunity because I had other self interests I cared about more.
When I'm feeling overwhelmed with everything I have to do, or everything happening in my life, I procrastinate. I need time to decompress, or downtime to do nothing productive but I often put off tasks that are important in favor of watching Netflix or playing games on my phone, or most likely just staring at social media for hours on end. This in turn causes more stress though because things pile up more and I feel more overwhelmed.
Make a to do list and use it. Blocking out time each day to complete tasks helps you take control of your time.
Prioritize the most important tasks each day and don't skip those! Do those tasks first, so if you do get distracted or decide not to finish everything you'll have the most important stuff done.
Just knowing that I have some control over my day by doing this helps me avoid procrastinating most days. I still have days that I'm overwhelmed and I have to shut down completely and zone out or get outside to decompress. I just try to make sure I don't allow myself to continue to do this for more than a day or two, and I never miss a deadline because I've completed the most critical tasks first.
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Jared’s Answer, CareerVillage.org Team
But I have some good news: When I became an adult and started working professionally I made HUGE improvements in managing procrastination. I started to notice the things that people around me did to combat their procrastination tendencies: they broke up their work into small chunks, they blocked their calendars, they announced their intentions to other people ("accountability buddies"), and they openly rewarded themselves for completing hard tasks early. After following their example for the past several years, I can now say that I feel much more in control of myself.
The biggest benefit for me personally has been using accountability buddies: friends, coworkers, or family members who pretty much agree to be present while I do something that I really don't want to do. It keeps me on task. Your mileage may vary, but this approach especially makes sense for me because I'm someone who cares very much about other peoples' perspectives. Knowing that I've made a commitment to them to get something done really helps to motivate me. If you'd like to give it a try, it could be as simple as putting a friend on FaceTime while you do your work, or you could go for something much more formal like using The Pomodoro time management system and scheduling pomodoro blocks with your friends/family. (Some of us on the CareerVillage.org team actually do schedule blocks of pomodoros on the calendar where we get on a zoom and basically just sit there silently getting hard work done!)
It's been a difficult journey, but I can promise you that the payoff and the self-confidence you will get is really worth it!
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