Controlling Procrastination

All of us procrastinate especially when it comes to a task we just don't want to do. There are many reasons why you may procrastinate:

  • You have a tremendous amount of work to do. Even if you had enough time, you would not get it all done.
  • You are responsible for your own time and how you structure it.
  • There are lots more fun things to do then what is expected of you.

Some ways that can help you complete what you need to do include:

  • Be realistic about what you can do. Instead of trying to complete a large project in one marathon sitting, plan one to two hours each day.
  • Plan when to work and when to play. With all you have to do as a professional developer, you can't really do whatever you feel like doing even though it sounds tempting. Make sure you plan some fun in your schedule.
  • Thinking the project is bigger than it really is. If it is big, set aside a few minutes each day to tackle it. Once you get involved and maybe even interested, the project may not seem as big as you thought.
  • Understand why you procrastinate. Some people procrastinate because they have a fear of being found out they cannot do the job or a fear of failure. Sometimes it is a lack of motivation. If you can face why you procrastinate, then ask for help.

Submitted by:Barbara Bray

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