It would be inaccurate for one to say that she has never put off doing something important before. Be it because of fatigue, lack of time (OK, let’s be real, time management) or because of a simple lack of desire to carry out the designated task, procrastination is a disease no one is immune to but this is not to say that to let it take over you is acceptable, in fact, it should be avoided at all costs! Here are three simple reminders and steps that you can take to stop the evil unhealthy habit of procrastination.
1. Figure out why you are procrastinating.
The first most logical step to take in curing the so-called disease of procrastination is to simply give yourself the time to interpret the reasons as to why you do it in the first place. Is it because the task that has been assigned to you is one that you do not truly fancy? Is it due to a fear of imperfection and distrust of self? Or is it because you are simply lazy? Investigate and decipher the reasons behind your lack of desire to work.
Pro-tip: Figuring out why you procrastinate might sound like a tedious task, especially to the regular procrastinator but fear not, for an easy way to do so would be to just sit back and give yourself a few minutes to reflect and analyze your actions.
Attempt at emptying your mind from all thoughts. Then from there you will be able to efficiently figure out the reasons why you are putting off an important task, be it due to a dislike towards said task, due to an irrational fear of imperfection or due to laziness. Why are you even risking not carrying out something important?
2. Act accordingly.
Once you’ve figured out the grounds behind your dangerous procrastinating habits, muster up the mental strength into figuring out a solution on how to fix it. For example, if you dislike a certain task, remind yourself that you have been assigned to it either because you have been trusted to do so or because you have an obligation to do it. Based on those reasons alone, as a human being, do not take others’ trust lightly, for trust exists because a person counts on your abilities.
You should also remind yourself that as human beings with a place in the world, we are responsible creatures and we will never be free from obligations (and that is not a bad thing, for it makes us active and working members of society).
Pro-tip: When it feels impossible to convince and remind yourself of the importance of your tasks so that you would stop procrastinating, turn to Allah SWT. He emphasizes the importance of Amanat, which are duties that Allah SWT has ordained, honesty, responsibility, trust, etc., in Surah Al-Mu’minun:
(The true believers are) [t]hose who are faithfully true to their Amanat and to their covenants.
3. Constantly remind yourself!
To decipher the root of one’s procrastination problems and to act accordingly is one thing, but another important step that should not be omitted is the constant reminder to the self of two things: The consequences of procrastination and the benefits of avoiding it at all costs. One should practise reminding herself how the carrying-out of certain assigned tasks is actually a fulfilling activity- It certainly gives one satisfaction to know that she is actually capable of executing the said tasks. One should remind herself that by avoiding procrastination and to actually perform the said duties, a sense of satisfaction will come, along with a growth of self as an overall human being.
One should also never forget to remind herself how procrastination only leads to guilt and regret, human characteristics which are not favourable. As has been stated in the Holy Qur’an:
Until, when death comes to one of them , he says: “My Lord! Send me back. “So that I may do good in that which I have left behind!” No! It is but a word that he speaks, and behind them is Barzakh (a barrier) until the Day when they will be resurrected.