The author of the following video offers us one of the many classifications of procrastinators, the fans have to postpone «for tomorrow.» Looking ahead, I will say that most of the people I know after watching modestly identified themselves to the second type — procrastinators geniuses. The image of the «insanely talented,» but «a little lazy» really like the people and helps get rid of the guilt for the work undone. However, one person can encompass all types and even a couple of «unclassified.» However, we defer the conversation and begin to view and analyze video.
There are many ways to avoid success in life. Procrastination is the surest one. It can stop you dead on your way to success. It can kill your motivation. It can destroy your productivity. It makes you settle for less when you know that you can and deserve to achieve so much more. It can lead to stress, depression and a sense of guilt. Procrastination has a destructive effect not only on your personal life and your work performance but also on your health and self-esteem.
Do you want to be successful? Then you must learn the secret success formula. Here it is: success equals time, time’s effort, time’s ability. It means that you can have all the time in the world and great ability to do a task. But if you do not put any effort into the task, your success equals zero. So why do we procrastinate? Because we do not feel like doing it. We can procrastinate for two reasons. One — because the task seems annoying or two insignificant to worry about. For example, organizing a messy desk or doing the laundry. Two — because the task seems too difficult or time-consuming. For example, starting to look for a new job.
There are three procrastination types.
Number one: the relaxed type. 98% of the population falls under this category. Relaxed type procrastinators intentionally avoid situations that may cause displeasure indulging instead in more enjoyable activities. The most common excuse used by relaxed procrastinators is: «I need to wait for inspiration. I’ll definitely do it tomorrow «. And for some strange reason, tomorrow, you feel even less like completing the task. Of course there is nothing wrong with occasionally postponing unpleasant work for later. But, if procrastination becomes a habit, we can begin to view our responsibilities negatively and direct our energy into tasks that bring immediate satisfaction.
Number two: the genius type. Genius type procrastinators usually care about the task that needs to get done but wait until the last minute to complete it. Generally they have the ability and required skill but they are just lazy with their time. Eg They know that by putting forth minimum effort they can still achieve good results but if there is not a set deadline, their work lags because there is no sense of urgency to complete what they’ve started. If you believe you work best under pressure, you’re most likely falling into this category. But the truth is that doing everything at the last minute rarely allows you to open up your full potential and show others what you are really capable of.
Number three: the avoider type. Avoider procrastinators usually have just one major problem: they have grandeur streams in minds but are absolutely unrealistic about their time. This often makes them feel overwhelmed with pressure, pessimistic and disappointed with themselves. This behavior becomes a vicious cycle of failure and delay. Avoider procrastinators are very sensitive to what other people think and say about them. Being viewed as a failure may paralyze them from trying altogether. If not changed, this type of behaviour can not only put the full stop to a career, but also have a debilitating effect on personal life and relationships. So, how do you handle procrastination? Stop blaming yourself. But doing it you’re only pushing success farther away from you. Not to mention that it is damaging for your self-worth and self-esteem. Procrastination is natural. Overcoming procrastination is something absolutely anyone can learn. How? By using my three favourite and most powerful techniques that have helped me to overcome procrastination and achieve even the most daring goals. If you want to learn more about these techniques, I’ll be happy to share them with you in my next video.
We proceed to the analysis of useful words and expressions in the first video:
To stop dead — break, stop.
As a matter of fact — in fact, it really is.
To settle for less — be content with little.
To lead to — lead to something. It can lead to depression — this can lead to depression.
To have a destructive effect on smth — have a devastating effect on something.
Self-esteem — self-esteem (uncountable).
To put effort into smth — an effort to something.
Messy — sloppy. To organize a messy desk — to clean up the mess robochem table.
Time-consuming — time consuming. Word formed interesting way: from time — time and sonsume — absorb / destroy.
An intention — the intention → Intentional — the deliberate, intentional → Intentionally — on purpose.
To postpone — postponed.
To get done — see. Previous article (procrastination, and I certainly will do tomorrow …!).
A deadline — the deadline.
A set deadline — set by the limit lines.
To lag — behind.
Most likely — probably likely.
Urgent — urgent, urgent → Urgency — urgency, urgency.
Sense of urgency — a sense of urgency, haste.
In this example we can form other word combinations:
Sense of guilt — guilt.
To overwhelm with smth — full, cover.
To open one’s potential — potential.
Daring goals — audacious goals.
In the second video the author offer you 3 ways to get rid of the delay. Everyone knowing yourself, using different tricks, when you do not want to work very, very. Perhaps these simple techniques can also be useful to you.
Here are 3 extremely powerful techniques to beat procrastination used by most successful people.
- The first technique is called the Ten Minute Rule:
I’m sure you know that if a task involves too much hard work, it stands a very good chance of postponing. But the bottom line is to become successful you will have to do the work, there’s no way around it. However what you can do is make your goals seem much easier and doable. Break big jobs down into small manageable tasks, something that would only take five or ten minutes to complete. Let’s say that your goal is to get fit and have a gorgeous looking body. To do that, you’ve decided to start exercising everyday for half an hour — Oh my God, half an hour for tiresome exercises? What were you thinking?
But let’s say instead that you do a quick ten-minute warm up, just for fun, nothing extra hard. Sounds a lot more appealing does not it?
- The second technique is called Three Magical Questions:
The next time you catch yourself putting off an important task, take a piece of paper and answer three important questions:
- Where are you?
- What do you want to do?
- How will you feel after doing it?
Let’s say it’s Thursday at 3:45 pm, you’re in your office surfing the internet and pretending to work. You know you should be working on your project but you just can not make yourself start — sound familiar?
Here’s a perfect excuse for distracting yourself from not doing anything — Take a piece of paper and begin answering the questions:
— Where are you?
— I’m sitting in my office browsing the internet.
— What do you want to do?
— I want to finish my project today by 5pm.
— How will you feel after doing it?
— I will feel proud of myself and satisfied that I’ve gotten it done today. Tomorrow I’ll have plenty of time to do other things and so on …
While writing down what it is you want to do, you will already imagine yourself doing it, and it will not be very difficult to get up and do it. It’s a very simple technique but it works like MAGIC!
- The third technique is my favorite — it’s called Ultimate Goal vs. Immediate Desire:
Very often our ultimate goal may come into conflict with something we want to do right now. Let’s call it an immediate desire. I’m sure you know this feeling. For example your goal is to quit smoking but your immediate urge is to light up a cigarette right this second.
The chances you’ll be inclined to fulfill your immediate desire at the expense of your ultimate dream are pretty high. Of course you can always overcome these cravings to smoke, through iron-willed self discipline but that’s the hardest work on earth.
Why torture yourself when there’s a much easier way to resist the temptation? All you have to do is make your ultimate goal and your immediate desire change places.
Turn having a cigarette into something you can put off and then turn your smoke free life, into something you insist on right this second.
Ask yourself one question, at this instant, would I prefer good health? Strong white teeth? Better looking skin? Or a cigarette?
If you choose the cigarette, you never wanted to quit smoking in the first place. But if you care about your health today … then when?
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In the second video you should pay attention to the following language:
To involve — include.
The bottom line is — the point is that … the main thing that …
There is no way around it — there is no alternative … this can not be avoided.
Doable — workable. It is interesting that the construction of the adjective. It is formed by adding the suffix — able to the verb do. This suffix is used with a number of verbs and suggests the possibility of the implementation of an action. For example, in the same video we have the word of manageable — a controlled, manageable. Just formed such words as readable — readable; workable — treatable; acting; available — affordable, available.
Warm up — warming up.
To surf the internet — surf the Internet, search for something online.
Ultimate — the source, the main → Ultimate goal — the main goal.
Immediate — immediate, urgent → momentary desire.
Cravings — an irresistible urge.
Iron will — an iron will.
To resist a temptation — to resist the temptation.
In the first place — in the first place.
At this instant — at this moment.
In a previous article, we learned about the gerund (Gerund). It is worth noting that in addition to like, love, hate, there a number of other words and phrases, after which used this form. For example, in the first video we meet:
To feel like doing something — to be in the mood to do something, to want to do something -> To feel even less like doing smth — much less to want to do something.
There is nothing wrong with doing smth — there is nothing wrong with that …
By doing smth — through using. Also translated using verbal participle phrases.
By putting forth minimum effort, you can still achieve good results. — Applying minimal effort, you can still achieve good results.
In the second video, there are examples of the use of the gerund after words like: to start (start), to quit (the habit of throwing). For example:
You decided to start exercising. — You decide to start doing recharging.
Your goal is to quit smoking — your goal — to quit.
A is also the phrase:
To stand a good chance of — getting a good opportunity to have a good chance.
The task stands a good chance of postponing. — High chances that this mission will be postponed until later.
- If you want to deal with procrastination, you will interesting method described in the article «Technology» Tomato «for learning English.»
I hope that by reading our articles and reviewing the video, you will not only learn about the modern scientific view of the good old laziness and ways to combat it, but also improved my English. If this is so, then your conscience can be clear — you have used this time to good use!