Learn how to deal efficiently with procrastination with the help of clever Apps.

In this dig­i­tal era, there are appli­ca­tions for almost every­thing! Did you know that there even some appli­ca­tions that help to deal with pro­cras­ti­na­tion? Read entire­ly this arti­cle and you will know how.

First and foremost, what is procrastination?

Accord­ing to the Cam­bridge Dic­tio­nary, pro­cras­ti­na­tion is the act of delay­ing some­thing that must be done, often because it is unpleas­ant or bor­ing.

How­ev­er, psy­chol­o­gists found out that there is one com­mon rea­son why almost every­one has a nat­ur­al trend to pro­cras­ti­nate: The fear. Fear of fail­ure, fear of fac­ing some­thing felt to be anx­ious­ly dif­fi­cult, uncom­fort­able, confusing…that the pro­cras­ti­nat­ing per­son that has to do.

The above-men­tioned fear that gives rise to pro­cras­ti­na­tion usu­al­ly comes from the imbal­ance between an ide­al a per­son real­ly want to achieve; and the thought of not being able to achieve it. Hence­for­ward, the con­cerned per­son is brought to post­pone the task every time hop­ing to be able to achieve it next time; then next time becomes the next time and so on.

This is a typical example

To illus­trate the mat­ter, let us take the typ­i­cal exam­ple of a uni­ver­si­ty stu­dent who has a the­sis paper to write. The stu­dent has been post­pon­ing the task for sev­er­al months now; every time hop­ing that every fol­low­ing day he will def­i­nite­ly start the task. So, what is stop­ping him doing that vital assign­ment?

Procrastination

Indeed, writ­ing a the­sis paper is a quite over­pow­er­ing assign­ment. For aver­age peo­ple, it is known to be com­pli­cat­ed and a bit con­fus­ing. The con­cerned stu­dent knows the work will take days, weeks, even months to work on.

The sin­gle thought of that time and what he has to do in between end­ed up build­ing a huge sta­tus in his mind! The stu­dent is not even sure where to start, and the thought of hav­ing to do all the inevitable and tire­some research plus writ­ing is scary for him.

The cumu­lat­ed fears make his mind want­i­ng to escape the ″threat­en­ing″ task by post­pon­ing it end­less­ly and to turn to eas­i­er things, from read­ing things online to social media and to watch­ing TV shows. That is the very nature of pro­cras­ti­na­tion, and it always hap­pens almost fol­low­ing the same pat­terns.

What are possible remedies?

In oth­er words, how could the over­whelmed stu­dent over­come all of this in order to get his the­sis done? That is where the­o­ries and reme­dies abound, becom­ing as much as schol­ars do.

You can have your own opin­ion by read­ing this excel­lent list of ther­a­pies against pro­cras­ti­na­tion writ­ten by Dr. Elis­a­beth Lom­bar­do, who is a sea­soned Psy­chol­o­gist, a Coach for Hap­pi­ness, a Speak­er, a Media expert and the best­selling author of Bet­ter Than Per­fect.

For us, as a start­up that spe­cial­izes in elec­tron­ics and dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies; we are inter­est­ed to study the con­tri­bu­tion of dig­i­tal appli­ca­tions in the fight against pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

Thus, we did a  research and came out with this list of amaz­ing and real­is­tic appli­ca­tions that can help to tack­le that human trend that can some­times have tremen­dous effects.

To know about the dev­as­tat­ing effects of pro­cras­ti­na­tion, we refer you to this inter­est­ing arti­cle. Would you like to know the most famous pro­cras­ti­na­tors in the world? Here they are. Final­ly, if you want to get a more sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly detailed under­stand­ing; please click here.

Hereafter, find the three most realistic apps to deal with procrastination

These are the 3 most real­is­tic and sci­ence-backed apps that can help to tack­le pro­cras­ti­na­tion.

  1. Procraster

Procater, procrastination

For exam­ple, if you know that you are affect­ed by pro­cras­ti­na­tion – and almost all affect­ed peo­ple know they are –  and you chose “I don’t know where to start” as your rea­son of seek­ing help,  Pro­cras­ter will advise you to break down your task or project in small­er steps and hence­for­ward guide you to the achieve­ment through­out an encour­ag­ing man­ner.

The oth­er inter­est­ing fea­ture of Pro­cras­ter is that once a per­son becomes famil­iar with the use of the appli­ca­tion, he/she can check sta­tis­tics for his/her per­son­al out­put over time. If the out­put is good, this may offer moti­va­tion to stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing on a pre­cise project in the weeks that fol­low.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly for Android-oper­at­ed devices, Pro­cras­ter runs only on iPhones and iPads. You can down­load the Pro­cras­ter user guide by click­ing here. For those who pre­fer to obtain expla­na­tions from videos, watch this one; you will get plen­ty of tips on how to stop pro­cras­ti­nat­ing by using Pro­cras­ter.

2. Freedom

freedom, procrastination

Actu­al­ly, dis­trac­tion is also a core com­po­nent that leads to pro­cras­ti­na­tion. When it comes to a con­nect­ed device (com­put­er, tablet, smart­phone) any­one may get dis­tract­ed, post­pone his/her task and use unevalu­able time by vis­it­ing a non-urgent web­site, espe­cial­ly social media.

Yes, we agree, social media is very impor­tant nowa­days and that is why we also spe­cial­ize in it, but it can be a good excuse for pro­cras­ti­na­tors who need to post­pone a bor­ing task.

Free­dom apps works by block­ing apps and web­site that are not need­ed dur­ing a pre­cise time when you are exe­cut­ing a more impor­tant task. By doing so, the apps alle­vi­ate a big source of pro­cras­ti­na­tion. Free­dom is com­pat­i­ble with Mac, Win­dows, iPhones, and iPads.

3. HeyFocus

Focus

Hey­Fo­cus works also by block­ing dis­tract­ing apps and web­site that may serve as an excuse to pro­cras­ti­na­tors for not doing an impor­tant task. It works under a prin­ci­ple called pro­modoro.

Pro­modoro refers to a method of break­ing down one’s pro­duc­tiv­i­ty process into 25-minute incre­ments with sub­se­quent five-minute breaks, each pro­duc­tive set of time being called a pomodoro.

What is inter­est­ing – almost amus­ing – is that when you have the apps installed on your device, every time that you browse a web­site that is not need­ed for your work, you see a recur­rent mes­sage read­ing ‘’THIS IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD WORK’’. You can then block the web­site and be busy with your ‘’hard’ ’work!

 

 

 

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