What causes Procrastination? 7 Obstacles to take care of

1. Boredom:

Boredom is a chief obstacle causing procrastination. If you feel bored, you will do anything besides what needs to be done now. Take a break. To overcome boredom, add variety, add more fun elements, and switch between tasks. The brain becomes like a little kid who jumps every time they see the variety and something new.

2. Stop Multitasking:

Plan and prioritize your tasks. Regulate your decision-making abilities. We can avoid procrastination.

3. Disinterest:

There is a difference between 'I am not interested' and 'I Procrastinate'. If you are not interested in doing Task A, you may prefer doing task B. there is nothing much to lose. But, when you postpone Task A, it adds more stress because you are adding another unfinished task in the list. Know the difference.

4. Overcome Anxiety:

Fear of judgments, frustration, lack of progress, lengthy projects, no self-confidence, overthinking, fear of reaching out for help, and support are all major anxiety issues related to starting and completing a task. It affects your motivation. It leads to procrastination.

5. Afraid of Results:

There is no point in being afraid of results without even starting.

“You can always edit a bad page. You can’t edit a blank page.” – Jodi Picoult.

So don't worry about the results. Try to "Begin" to beat procrastination.

6. Unwilling to Face Reality:

We procrastinate when we are hesitant to face the reality waiting. The "What If" is the major culprit behind this.

7. Fatigue:

A healthy body equals a healthy mind. Your energy levels are important to keep your spirits up. Fatigue due to unhealthy lifestyles should be taken care of. No proper sleep, unhealthy food choices, crash diets are examples of unproductive habits resulting in low energy levels. They are obstacles making you procrastinate.

Seinfeld Strategy to Overcome Procrastination

What is the Seinfeld Strategy?

The Seinfeld Strategy is:

“The way to become a better comic is to create better jokes and the way to create better jokes is to write every day” – Jerry Seinfeld.

In simple understanding, we can take the Seinfeld Strategy as:

“To overcome procrastination, you have to get things done and the way to do it is to ‘start doing something every day”.

How does Seinfeld Strategy work?

  • You need to have a big calendar that has enough blocks/space between each date in a month.
  • Have a Red-Marker with you.
  • For each day, on completing your task, you get to put a Big Red-Cross over that day on the calendar. It marks your task completion and acknowledges that you have done something.
  • After a few days of following this, you can see a chain of “X” on the calendar.
  • Keep maintaining the chain of “X”. People fix the chain length for a few days, one week, one month, etc. You can pick your choice of convenience
  • Don’t break the Chain. This is the rule. Keep at it. You can visibly see the chain growing in length. It means you are accomplishing consistently instead of procrastinating.

It’s one of the easiest and highly effective strategies to overcome procrastination. No second thoughts.

Seinfeld Strategy works best for overcoming procrastination.

Here is why:

  1. Consistency is the key to break procrastination habit. Seinfeld's strategy brings that consistency right away. It focuses on “Not breaking the Chains” and nothing about “Results”.
  1. Seinfeld strategy steers you towards the ‘Process’ of doing and ‘Not Performance’. It is not about brilliance, inspiration, or high performance. It is about being consistent with a process. This “Process over Performance” will be helpful for people suffering from low self-esteem, low self-confidence, and procrastination.