As much as we’d like to be responsible adults, none of us are perfect. We’ll admit: There are days where we wish we could lounge in bed all day doing absolutely nothing of value… especially when we’re feeling burned out, stressed out by work, or depressed by daily news.
Don’t worry; we’re not here to judge. We understand how tough being productive can be.
Why? Well, we all procrastinate for various reasons. The project might be too daunting, we might be afraid to get started for fear of failing, or it could just be one of those days. Whatever it is, take it from a serial procrastinator, there is hope.
And let’s get one thing clear: procrastination doesn’t necessarily equate to laziness. “Whilst it is easy to see them as the same, it is important to make a distinction between the two. Procrastination has little to do with doing nothing. Instead, it’s about doing everything else but the task at hand,” says psychologist Dr Joel Yang of Mind What Matters Psychological Consultancy. “A key contributing factor is doubting one’s competence. No one likes to fail and that belief can likely lead to avoiding the task.”
Here are some tried-and-tested tricks.