"In 2019, the New Year flag is to strive to complete the 2015 goals that were already set in 2017, which were not completed in 2018, and were vowed to be completed in 2016!"
Don't admit it, in fact, many people have experienced the above suffering: every time they make a flag, they are always defeated by procrastination. For the founders who are racing against the clock, efficiency plays a decisive role in the life and death of the company, and it cannot be delayed.
However, the "savior" appeared. At the beginning of the new year, Aytekin Tank, founder of JotForm, an efficiency form creation tool, shared his experience of successful "procrastination" to his suffering "peers".
Give it a try, maybe the flag that was dumped last year can be rescued!
Lying in the quilt, wrapped in the softest blanket in the world... Do you really want to get up and open the computer to start working?
This is the question I think about every morning when the alarm goes off at 6 a.m.
I work as a programmer for a media company in New York, and I'm also working part-time on my own startup project, JotForm, an efficient Latest Mailing Database form creation tool. Throughout the year, I was woken up by responsibility every day, but I had to fight my procrastination instinct again and again.
For a variety of reasons, instead of looking for investors from the start, I chose to take the risk of profit and loss, which led to:
I have to think about profitability from the first day of the company's birth;
In order to reap sustained gains, I had to constantly beat my main opponent: procrastination.
My biggest personal feeling about procrastination is that the reasons why everyone avoids tasks at a given time are very personal.
In the year of fighting procrastination, my company has achieved a little success, and now it has reached the scale of 130 people, I think, it is time to share the experience and everyone, to see my "war drag" experience -
The early days of entrepreneurship without "money": Founders are more likely to become procrastinators
In the field of entrepreneurship, there are roughly two typical founders: one is a venture capital type with capital support, and the other is a self-reliant type without external investment (which is generally the case during the birth of a business).
Although almost everyone has different degrees of procrastination, will it be easier for self-reliant entrepreneurs to procrastinate in the early stages of entrepreneurship? By and large – yes. Without the urging of investors, the pressure on the team is not large, if the enthusiasm for entrepreneurship declines slightly, it is easiest to procrastinate, and many companies that may "change the world" have died at this stage.
In contrast, once the entrepreneur reaches the financing stage, he will face the pressure of taking other people's money and be responsible to shareholders. At this time, it is easy to say goodbye to procrastination, because moderate pressure will lead to progress.
In addition, once the company gets used to a fixed scale of spending, it is not easy to reduce costs, and in order to successfully obtain the next round of financing and maintain long-term spending, the founders have an incentive to make the company run faster. So even if subjectively unwilling to work, venture-backed founders have an incentive to email Monday morning.
It made me realize it was in 2006. I had just started JotForm, my first year of business, and my bedroom was the company's headquarters. The warmth of the bed, the joy of the TV show... Working from home is full of elements that distract me. While I enjoyed what I was doing, the procrastination of these temptations stole my best. ("Hands-on experience": Don't overestimate human nature, procrastination can really beat love.) ）
So, you're done? There are four major procrastination psychology you have to know
During that time, I read a lot of books about entrepreneurship, productivity, and procrastination, but they weren't all that useful. Every time I want to procrastinate, I always ask myself this question:
Why do we always have something to drag on and not to get closer to our goal?
Many articles always simply and rudely suggest that we overcome resistance and get things done, which is unrealistic and even contrary to the right approach: procrastination is for a reason. We should understand how the underlying causes lead to a sense of escapism in order to find the right solution to improve efficiency. "Just do it" is not a sustainable solution to defeat chronic procrastination.
If we are always avoiding certain tasks, perhaps we should try to understand the underlying causes. Here are a few common psychology that cause procrastination:
Psychology one: Feel like you're standing still
Thinking back to the last time I started a new project, I was excited to implement a new marketing strategy, content idea, or programming framework. After a few weeks, you may find yourself doing the same thing – which brings a huge sense of frustration.
The psychological cause of this type of procrastination is that hard work is not rewarded, which is too boring. Scientific research suggests that people are essentially inclined to meet instantly rather than delayed gratification. Valuable projects often can't be built overnight, and the inability to reap the rewards of achievement in the moment will always be troubling.
How to overcome this type of procrastination? BJ Fogg, a behavioral scientist at Stanford University, suggests that the accumulation of "small wins" can lead to systematic behavioral changes. In other words, you should use your own methods to celebrate the achievement of each tiny goal.