New research has been able to show that there are many practical ways the mind can be “taught” not to give in to the urge to procrastinate. With this research many procrastinators have attested to being able to beat this often debilitating habit.
The following are some of the ways recommended, and often adopted by those who were able to control the procrastination mindset effectively:
Making a firm commitment – when the mind is conditioned to adhere to a certain criteria, it will function accordingly. Therefore using the commitment as a firm indicator of what is expected, the individual will be able to focus the mind and program the brain to carry out the task based on the commitment given. There should also be no leeway allowed for the task to be postponed or delay in its delivery.
Another way of programming the brain not to indulge in procrastination would involve the striping the working environment of any distractions. These distractions are always the elements that provide the individual with the loss of focus and thus eventually affect the end delivery time frame first agreed upon. Distractions are also always the excuse the individual gives for not being able to stick to the task and time schedule.
Setting realistic goals and having the additional incentive of a reward system that is both pleasing and attainable would be another way to train the brain to evade procrastination.
The goals will give the individual a clear picture of what the end results should be and the incentives will help to keep the focus steady and unwavering, thus effectively ensuring the task is completed well within the initial designated time frame and according to specifications.
Taking the trouble to design incentives that are attractive is better than just throwing together just any rewards.