Although procrastination has gone back centuries, the amount of suffers have drastically increased in recent times. A modern day definition of procrastination is the act of delaying a task or a set of tasks. Akrasiais an ancientword described by Greek philosophers for this type of behavior. Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment.

Procrastination is the disability of having control over oneself. It results in a decrement of productivityand causes stress leading to anxiety. It creates a barrier for achievinglong term goals since the human mind values present achievementsmore than future achievements. When it comes to accomplishing a goal with a deadline, procrastination doesn't have intense effect as the panic of submissions and deadlines cause us to get our work done, even though it decreases the efficiencyof our work. But when it comes to goals without a deadline, goals that are for self-growth, procrastinationcreates a miserable barrier. People suffering loses self-confidence and gets more prone to mental and emotional illnesses. Hence it is necessarythat we create an escape path from this torment.

There are multiple tools that can help us conquerprocrastination. Rewarding oneself immediately after completion of a task or bearing consequences for not completing one. Also, it is important that we choose tasks which are more achievable rather than putting ourselves under heavy load which eventually leads to quitting of the task.

The Ivy Lee Method

This a simple method to achieve peak productivity given by the highly respected productivity consultant Ivy Lee.

It consists of 6 steps for the daily routine:

  1. At the end of each workday, write down the six most important things you need to accomplish tomorrow. Do not write down more than six tasks.
  2. Prioritize those six items in order of their true importance.
  3. When you arrive tomorrow, concentrate only on the first task. Work until the first task is finished before moving on to the second task.
  4. Approach the rest of your list in the same fashion. At the end of the day, move any unfinished items to a new list of six tasks for the following day.
  5. Repeat this process every working day.

This method is easy to work on as it is simple. It allows us to work on a single task at a time which increases our focus and makes ourwork more efficient.

Using Visual Cues

A visual cue is something you can see (a visual reminder) that prompts you to take action. Visual cues help us to track our behavior and keep us focused on our tasks.

In a world of distractions, we tend to lose motivation easily even after setting a goal. Having an environment that pushes us to work in the direction of our goal forces us to get back to our tasks. Visual stimulus helps us to stick to our good habits. Visual cues help us to track our work. Most of us tend to measure our consistency since it gives us a sense of accomplishment. The satisfaction of completing these tasks also stimulates our brain to keep working.

These are a few steps in paving a way out of chronic procrastination. It'll help you to get self-control and focus to reach your goals. Taking actions for our goals instead of relying on motivation is a huge step to success. Procrastination is hard to deal with but taking one step at a time and growing at each step, you will escape.