Anyone who accompanies us here on My Today’s Horoscope knows that the subject we talk about most in our articles is about self sabotaging. Self sabotage can manifest itself in different ways in your life. Lack of prosperity, unhappiness in love, anxiety, stress, and procrastination are some of them to exemplify.
In this article, we want to talk about the habit of procrastinating and teaching three techniques that will help you eliminate that habit from your life.
Procrastination is the habit of postponing essential tasks and what we need to do now. For whatever reason, the act of delaying causes harm to the procrastinator, as he is unable to advance in his practical life goals.
That’s why in this article, we decided to help you fight this habit with three simple techniques.
Why we self sabotage and how we can avoid it
Creating a schedule of times and setting goals helps you not to leave tasks until later. To do this, make a list of tasks and put them in order of priority. Set a deadline for each job and set the deadline if you are unable to complete it.
The idea here is to leave that list in your visual field. So could you put it in a place that you can see? So, you remind yourself of your deadlines and what you need to meet. I like a program called Habitica, where you put your tasks. Each successful task increases your character’s level. It is suitable for those who want to “gamify” the functions and motivates you to continue fulfilling your goals to evolve your character.
After completing a task that requires a lot of you, create rewards. Rewards tend to increase your behaviour and maintain the habit of doing the task. For example, if you want to start running, after each run, give yourself a gift, like an hour of rest, a little candy (I said small), a moment of relaxation etc.
Small rewards activate your brain for you to maintain this habit. One of the most potent rewards is external approval. It works like this: every time you do such a task, if a person praises you or encourages you, you tend to repeat the behaviour.
If you want to be in the habit of running, for example, join groups on social media for running and, every time you run, publish how much you have achieved. People will enjoy it, and this is a way to have an external reward.
This is one of the powerful techniques that many psychologists use to help their patients maintain specific behaviour. In the context technique, you create a stimulus that serves as a context for not procrastinating and for a particular task.
For example, if you work on the computer and fall on Facebook and YouTube, delaying the tasks. An excellent way to avoid delay is to create another user with a different screen background just for work. You can also block sites that distract you from that user. Thus, the background of the screen serves as a context that it is time to perform the tasks. For those who want to start exercising, wearing “exercise clothes” helps create a habit of exercising.