“Mamaya na lang, may time pa naman.”

“Linisin ko muna mga gamit ko para maayos akong makapagtrabaho mamaya.”

“Oy, malapit na deadline! Pero mamaya na lang, chill muna ako saglit.” 

Pansin mo ba na may pagkakapareho ang sentences na nabanggit namin sa itaas? Aside sa makikita mo ang word na mamaya, ito rin ang karaniwang sinasabi ng mga mahilig mag-procrastinate or tinatawag na procrastinators.

Madalas mo rin bang sabihin ‘yang mga ‘yan? Well, you might have just landed on the right article because we will talk about procrastination and give you practical tips to overcome it!

First, you need to know what procrastination means. 

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The meaning of procrastination according to VeryWellMind.com is, “The act of delaying or putting off tasks until the last minute, or past their deadline. Some researchers define procrastination as a ‘form of self-regulation failure characterized by the irrational delay of tasks despite potentially negative consequences.’” 

Marami ang nalilito sa kaibahan ng pagiging tamad at pag-procrastinate. Kaya para mas klaro sa ‘yo, ito ang kaibahan nila ayon sa MindTools.com, “Procrastination is an active process – you choose to do something else instead of the task that you know you should be doing. In contrast, laziness  suggests apathy, inactivity and an unwillingness to act.”

At para mas klaro pa, procrastinating in tagalog means nagpapaliban, or pinagpapaliban ang mga importanteng gawain kumpara sa ibang bagay. 

Naiintindihan niyo na ba ang meaning ng procrastination, mga kalahok? xD 

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If so, matatawag mo ba ang sarili mo as a “procrastinator”? 

Okay lang umamin dahil ang goal naman natin dito ay para maka-breakthrough. Kaya kung isa ka sa mga may struggle on procrastinating, then read on because this is for you.

Causes of Procrastination

Bago natin malaman ang sagot at solusyon sa isang bagay, dapat alam muna natin kung ano ang dahilan. Kaya tatanungin ka namin, ano ang dahilan nang madalas na pag-procrastinate mo? 

Baka mahanap mo rito:

A. Overestimating time and motivation

Maraming beses mo na bang nasabi sa sarili mo na, “Mamaya na lang ‘yan, marami pa namang time.” Or, “Mamaya na lang kapag nasa mood ako, at baka magka-brilliant idea rin ako agad-agad.”

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Kapag ganito ang nangyayari, nag-o-overestimate ka sa oras na meron ka at sa level of motivation na akala mo makukuha mo.  

B. Underestimating how long tasks take to be completed

‘Yung akala mo madali lang, pero mahirap at time-consuming pala? Ito ‘yun!

C. Wanting to create something “perfect”

Ahem, pasintabi po sa mga perfectionist diyan. Hindi po ito personalan, medj lang. Haha!

Okay lang naman na ibigay mo ang best mo at mag-excel sa ginagawa mo, pero keep in mind that there’s always room for improvement. The idea of perfectionism hinders you from growing and accepting feedback; at madalas, it leads to procrastination because tasks are being usually set aside in trying to “think” of ways on how to make it perfect. Kaya ang ending, marami kang time sa pag-iisip, pero hindi sa pagtatrabaho mismo nito.

D. Overcommitting

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Sa mga taong yes lang nang yes diyan… alam mo na ‘to. Sa dami ng tinatanggap mong gawain at trabaho, na-o-overwhelm ka na sa taas ng listahan mo. Kaya ang nangyayari, ‘di ka pa man nagsisimula pero stressed ka na!

E. Working under pressure becomes a habit

Sabi ng iba, ang dahilan kung bakit sila nagiging procrastinator is because they were able to pull it off at the last minute. Meaning, napapasa naman nila on time kahit sobrang gahol na sa oras. They argued that as long as they reached meet the deadline, then all is well.

Pero alam mo ba na hindi ito healthy para sa ‘yo? Kasi kung mapapansin mo, when you are procrastinating, you are not at ease. You’re actually thinking about that specific important task you have put on hold while doing other things, and also wondering when you will start working on it.

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According to NewYorkTimes.com, “Over time, chronic procrastination has not only productivity costs, but measurably destructive effects on our mental and physical health, including chronic stress, general psychological distress and low life satisfaction, symptoms of depression and anxiety, poor health behaviors, chronic illness and even hypertension and cardiovascular disease.”

Kaya ‘wag mo itong gawing habit, Breaker. And we’re here to help you overcome it!

Overcome Procrastination Tip #1: Get to the root of the problem

Ano kaya ang mga dahilan bakit nag-po-procrastinate ka? Napapansin mo ba kung kailan mo ito madalas gawin? May iniiwasan ka ba na emotion? 

Dahil sabi sa NewYorkTimes.com, “Procrastination is about being more focused on “the immediate urgency of managing negative moods” than getting on with the task. The thoughts we have about procrastination typically exacerbate our distress and stress, which contribute to further procrastination.” 

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Dagdag pa nila, “We must realize that, at its core, procrastination is about emotions, not productivity. The solution doesn’t involve downloading a time management app or learning new strategies for self-control. It has to do with managing our emotions in a new way.”

The next time na gusto mong mag-procrastinate, i-assess mo kung bakit, Breaker.

Bored ka ba sa ginagawa mo, or masyadong mahirap para sa ‘yo? 

Distracted ka ba sa mga bagay bagay sa paligid mo? 

Worried ka ba sa kalalabasan ng ginagawa mo? 

Or baka feeling mo wala ng point at purpose lahat ng ginagawa mo?

Kapag alam mo na ang dahilan, mas magiging madali na lang ang next tips para sa ‘yo. Aja! 💪

Overcome Procrastination Tip #2: Be decisive in your choices and plans for the day

Ang isa rin sa causes kung bakit nag-po-procrastinate ang isang tao ay dahil hindi siya decisive, or firm, sa napili niyang decision or sa napili niyang gawin for a specific day. 

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If you cannot decide on what to do, you’ll end up doing nothing. And this is not what you want, right? 

So, plan a manageable amount of tasks a day and make sure to finish it no matter what. Kung nahihirapan ka sa isang bagay, hati-hatiin mo ng ilang araw. If you’re prone to putting on hold tasks because you find them overwhelming, break them down into more manageable amounts. Turn them into smaller tasks and focus on starting them, than on finishing them.

Dahil ang goal ay masimulan mo ito at nang hindi mo tatapusin ng last minute.  

Overcome Procrastination Tip #3: Reward yourself 

Alam namin na magugustuhan mo ‘to. 😉 

Hindi naman tayo puro pahirap dito, ‘no? Dapat may reward din!

‘Wag mong kalimutang i-reward ang sarili mo, Breaker, every time may na-accomplish ka, no matter how small or big that progress is.  

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Dahil ayon sa VeryWellMind.com, “We tend to be motivated more by immediate gratification or rewards than we are by long-term rewards. This is why it feels good in the moment to procrastinate.”

“For example, the immediate reward of staying in bed and watching TV is more appealing than the long-term reward of publishing a blog post, which would take much longer to accomplish,” they added.

That’s why find small ways to reward yourself, Breaker, para hindi ka naman feeling deprived. Maybe you can read a page of your favorite book, watch one episode of your favorite show, eat chocolate and ice cream, or order at your favorite restaurant! Pwede kang mag-assign ng reward sa sarili mo depende sa tasks na natapos mo! 

Overcome Procrastination Tip #4: Have a meeting with yourself

Yes, you read it right.

Makipag-meeting ka rin sa sarili mo, Breaker. This is a time where you can plot your schedule and tasks on your planner or journal for the whole week and assess how you can pace yourself.

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Pwede mo ring i-identify what works for you and what system and strategies didn’t work for you. Kumbaga, experiment on systems and strategies and find out kung ano ang mas effective para sa ‘yo. 

You can even take note of the small progress you’ve achieved and see how you can move forward from there. When you do this, you won’t feel stuck because you have tangible evidence that you made progress.

Maybe you can schedule 1-2 hours a week for this, preferably during weekends, para ready ka na pagdating ng Monday!

Overcome Procrastination Tip #5: Forgive and be compassionate to yourself

Breaker, like any other thing, it’s always a process kaya better to enjoy and endure it. Hindi ibig sabihin na kapag gusto mo nang magbago ay agad agad mong makikita ang resulta. At hindi sa lahat ng panahon smooth ang proseso. May mga araw na feeling mo nag-fail ka, and there will be days also where you will succeed and hit the mark!

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But during bad days, the last thing you’d want to do is to beat yourself up whenever you procrastinate. Forgive yourself for the times you procrastinated and be compassionate to hear yourself out kapag may emotion ka na gustong takasan. Failure to listen to ourselves is one of the reasons why we put things off.

We love you, Breaker, and we appreciate you for trying to be a better individual. We believe na malalagpasan mo rin ito, because this is something that is not inborn, this is something that can be taught and learned. Like building a muscle, you can train yourself to become more healthily productive by breaking the habit of procrastination!  

We hope that these verses will help you, too. 

“Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new” (2 Corinthians 5:17, CEV). 

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22-23, NLT).

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