Can we beat procrastination?

pro·cras·ti·na·tion

/prəˌkrastəˈnāSH(ə)n/
noun
the action of delaying or postponing something.

Before anything, I want to say that I’m no expert on the topic of procrastination since I have procrastinated in many things this week already (It’s only Wednesday), including writing this post. But even with all my years of experience, hard work, and trying new things to beat procrastination, I ask myself: Is it possible to beat procrastination for good?

After all my successes and failures when dealing with procrastination, I’ve come to the conclusion that it is not possible to eliminate it, especially if you are always working on new things, and are a constant target for distractions. When I say distractions, I don’t mean social media / YouTube type of distractions I mean people calling or needing your immediate assistance for work / family related decisions.

The good news is that we can manage procrastination, that is, consciously know what we will procrastinate on.

For example, most of us adults know that we can procrastinate on buying a gift for a relative, but we can not procrastinate on paying the bills (It’s just not a good idea). Think for yourself, how many times have you gone to a birthday party, a wedding, or special event, but not before making a quick stop at the store to buy a gift? How many times do you wait to do something around the house, each times saying “Ah, I’ll do it later”, until it comes to the day that you got no other choice but to get it done? I do that all the time LOL

But you see, the awesome thing about procrastinating on those type of things is that the risk of procrastinating does not affect us much. The risk may be someone nagging, but it’s no big deal. As opposed to being late on bills – sometimes that comes with an extra fee! That one does hurt :P

Have you ever heard of the popular proverb, “if you can’t beat them, join them“? That is what I intend to do.

Now that I’ve convinced myself that it’s pointless to try to beat procrastination, I decided to make procrastination my friend. In other words, I need to master procrastination.

The big question is how do I decide what I can and can not procrastinate on?

The answer is this: Measure Risk vs Reward

What are we risking when we procrastinate on a specific task, and what is the reward if we do not procrastinate?

This is something only each person can answer on their own, primarily because each of us know what is more important for us.

On Monday I created a list of 24 tasks that I need to get done ASAP. Today, Wednesday, I have 25 tasks on that list. It’s not that I haven’t completed items from that list, I have completed 4. But it also happened that 5 new items were added, some of which have higher risk if I decide to procrastinate on. With that said, I’m going to measure risk vs reward for each item to decide what I will procrastinate on.

If we leave it till the last minute, it only takes a minute

Can we beat procrastination?