Combating Procrastination

There are moments where we all find ourselves overwhelmed by the tasks we have to accomplish on an every day basis – work, cooking, cleaning, self-care, the list goes on and on. There are multiple ways in which to approach this, one of which is procrastination and another being tackling what needs to be done head on. I fully admit, I am a master of procrastination and have difficulty with completing things right away. I could win an award, if there was one. But, I realize that it is not helpful to constantly be in the stressful state of trying to catch up.

Over the last several years, I have placed not procrastinating on my intentions list for the new year. I wish I could say it has helped. This year, I decided to try something a little bit different. Rather than tell myself to “not procrastinate, ” I have decided to set more tangible goals for myself. This is still a work in progress, but here is my plan for the year.

Make a list and a schedule

Break down each task into manageable pieces that can easily be accomplished and write everything down. If the goal is too big, it will be less likely to be completed in a timely manner. Finding the smallest possible tasks means being able to chip away at a larger goal rather than just floundering in place. There is something so fulfilling and encouraging about crossing something off a “To Do” list.  Decide the priority level of what needs to be done and the date it should be completed and put it on the calendar.

Step away from electronics

According to Issac Newton’s First Law of Motion, an object at rest will remain at rest and an object in motion continues in motion unless acted upon by an outside force. In other words, be careful not to get sucked in to the land of TV, Facebook, Netflix, etc. Although I am pretty sure this is not quite what Newton was referring to, one show on Netflix can turn into a marathon and a quick email can turn into hours of animal videos. Before you know it, hours have past and nothing has gotten done. Sometimes it is easier to get things done when another task has ben set in motion. Check in with that schedule and make sure to follow the timeline that has been set. While taking a break is good, start out by working on whatever it is that you want to accomplish, rather than focusing on electronics.

Create incentives

Take a walk, read a chapter in a book, or do something fun when a goal is accomplished.  Think about all that self care that you should be doing and want to do. What else is fulfilling to you? Plan that into your day as well.

Be realistic

There will be days when things will not go according to plan. Someone or something may steal away time that was set aside for something else. Or perhaps the time needed to engage in an activity was more than anticipated. Adjust the schedule and plan accordingly for the next attempt. Be aware of over scheduling. Sometimes we have to admit that there just is not enough time to accomplish what we hope to. This is where our support system comes in to play – don’t be afraid to ask those around you for help!

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