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?
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.
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.
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.
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!