How to deal with Quarantine Procrastination?

Adam Smith, Posted at May 11, 2020, 8:00 am

The month of quarantine is coming to an end, everyone was procrastinating as best they could.

Remote work has exhausted even its biggest supporters, and thoughts of the impending economic crisis and the prospect of prolonged quarantine have crippled even the most optimistic.

If the desire to work remained somewhere in the past, do not worry too much. We have put together tips to help overcome procrastination and soothe the pangs of your conscience.

 

Procrastination during Quarantine is Normal

Despite the fact that most Americans have more time when the quarantine was set, it is impossible to direct your time in a useful direction. What's more, you may not even have time to do the usual things. Why is this happening?

According to psychologists, a person who is stressed and constantly feels anxious, loses the level of self-control. So, it becomes harder for us to give up bad habits or heavy food, force ourselves to do home stuff, work full time or watch a purchased online course.

Especially when the flow of negative news does not stop for more than two months, fresh air comes to you only through an open window, and the benefits of quarantine are becoming harder to find every day.

That's why you don't have to blame yourself for not reading a single book on self-development in a month. But we also do not advise to do anything at all.

 

How to Overcome Procrastination?

If the manager does not pay attention to your anxious mood and still requires an important report or make the job done in time, then procrastination must be combated. Here are the most common ways.

  1. Allocate a specific period of time to complete tasks. The Pomodoro method helps to overcome procrastination best. It was proposed by Francesco Cirillo in the 80s of last century. It consists in the fact that you take a specific period of time to complete the task and start a timer: until it rings you are not distracted by anything. So, you can finally make an important report or clean up the apartment, spending a minimum of time.
  2. Eliminate distractions. If your child does not allow you to work quietly, send him for a walk with another family member (with all safety precautions and without breaking the law) or work while he sleeps. If you're constantly distracted by email or smartphone notifications, just turn them off. When you have an important task ahead, everyone around you has to wait.
  3. Separate what you need and want to do from what you have been forced to do. Do you want to draw a picture by numbers, instead of learning a third foreign language in the company of a friend? Then do only what you like. Of course, this does not apply to the tasks that must be performed: work tasks, child care, dog walking, etc.
  4. Plan your time. Even though you are at home all the time, no one has canceled the planning. After all, it helps to keep you in shape and follow certain rules. So, plan how long you will work, when you will have lunch or play with your child, and when you will procrastinate.
  5. Don't blame yourself. As mentioned above, procrastination is an important component in the fight against stress. So now, as never before, it is normal to lie down and do nothing. Or relax so as to be ashamed to tell your overly active friends.
  6. Filter information. In the world of information noise, it is important to be able to filter messages and identify those that only increase your stress, and do not carry any information. Try to free yourself from consuming information a few days a week. This way you will be able to reduce the level of stress, which means you will be more self-organized.

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