Almost everyone is guilty of procrastination. Humans, by nature, tend to put things off in order to enjoy feeling comfortable at a given moment. But also everyone knows that procrastination is a flaw that, if fixed, can save us a lot of time and effort.
Despite these sometimes seemingly inevitable factors, there are five things you can do when you feel not in the mood to do your job.
1. Focus on how you'll feel later. After procrastination come feelings of guilt, sadness, regret and frustration, so when dealing with a matter at hand, instead on thinking of how much effort it's going to take or how much time it needs, focus on how you are going to feel after you've accomplished it, which is mostly satisfaction and pride.
2. Have a clear and well-defined plan of what you want to finish, and set a time for that. Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, writes in a LinkedIn article that "when something looks too difficult, simply break it down." The key here would be not to allow fear of the whole to stand in the way of engaging in the parts, he said.
3. Promise yourself a reward. This is one way to motivate yourself to do what you have to do, and quickly, because knowing that your task would have a direct positive influence on your daily life helps boost both the pace of work and the efforts invested in it.
4. Don't think you can't do it. I won't go on to tell you how "you can achieve anything you set your mind to," as Benjamin Franklin, one of the United States' founding fathers, once said, but I can assure you that procrastination itself is failure, because it wastes time and time is money.
5. Undergo cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is a highly structured form of psychotherapy. It consumes a lot of psychic energy but helps procrastinators become productive and efficient members of their society.