Why is There No Vaccine for Procrastination?

Ever feel like all you do some days is procrastinate? Instead of getting those tasks on your to-do list completed, you spend hours avoiding them by doing other things? You’re not alone!

With so much talk about the COVID-19 vaccine and millions of people in the UK already having had their first dose of the vaccination, we’ve got vaccines on the brain. It got us thinking about why there’s no vaccine for procrastination?

Think how amazing you’d feel if you instantly ticked off all of the things on your to-do list as soon as you were able to. You’d have so much time on your hands for other things, be able to take up new hobbies, spend more time with family and friends and so much more.

But, the reality is, there’s no vaccine for procrastination so instead we have to come up with ways to tackle this ourselves. Instead of procrastinating making that phone call you’re dreading by cleaning out your fridge or organising your underwear drawer, you need to find a way to put your must-do tasks first and get these done.

Because, let’s face it, the worst thing about procrastination is the way it makes us feel about ourselves. In fact, “self-awareness is a key part of why procrastinating makes us feel so rotten. When we procrastinate, we’re not only aware that we’re avoiding the task in question, but also that doing so is probably a bad idea. And yet, we do it anyway” [source].

So, what can we do to tackle procrastination and get our tasks completed?

Despite many opinions to the contrary, procrastination isn’t actually about being lazy. Instead, it’s a way of coping with challenging emotions and negative moods that are induced by certain tasks. These emotions and moods can include boredom, insecurity, frustration, self-doubt, resentment and so much more.

Did you know that just by putting everything you need to do into a list you’ll actually start to feel better? You’ll be freed from any anxiety you had surrounding remembering everything you need to get done and just noting them down will make you more effective.

With Audacity, you can turn those negative moods into more positive ones by experiencing a high every time you tick something off your digital to-do list.

It’s also been proven that those who create to-do lists procrastinate less and are more conscientious than others [source]. Plus, let’s be honest, there are few things better than the smug feeling of ticking everything off your to-do list for the day and knowing you’ve smashed your list and are free to relax however you see fit.

If you need help with being productive, why not try Audacity today? Our app features everything you need to be productive and conscientious and to start living your life with less procrastination in it. You’re never going to be able to cut procrastination out completely, but less of it has got to be a winner!

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