We're all guilty of it - waiting until the very last minute to turn in that assignment, dodging that call to set up your upcoming doctor's appointment, or putting off chores for "later".
Procrastinating has happened to the best of us more than we would like to admit, but no need to feel guilty anymore because in today's article, we'll be discussing five practical ways to avoid the habit of avoiding!
1. As the Nike slogan goes: "JUST DO IT!"
This one is a no brainer. The sooner you start, the sooner the momentum picks up, and the sooner you get to accomplishing that goal.
A good example in my household is when it comes to shared chores. "Clean as you go" is my motto. If you enter into a room spotless, leave it the exact way you came in!
Not only does this habit save you time, but you won't ever get blamed for those dirty dishes if it's a characteristic you possess that you ALWAYS pick up after yourself.
2. Use a Timer or an Alarm.
This tip has been quite useful for me in defeating procrastination in the past few weeks by using a timing system. Depending on the tasks, arrange time blocks on a phone, watch, or other device you use to manage your progress.
If I were to do a workout at the gym that incorporated weights and cardio, I generally structure it to lasts between 60 minutes to 90 minutes long (1 to 1.5 hours).
If I were to do strictly just cardio, the session would be limited to only 15-20 minutes.
Managing my workouts in this manner has allowed me to push myself harder knowing that I have a time limit to gain the results I'm searching for, especially as a new parent.
Timers are extremely beneficial for those that have struggled to stay accountable or focused unsupervised. This route enables them to challenge themselves to complete their desired goal before the time runs out!
3. Set Up an Award System.
In the beginning of a goal or task, you may not be in the "enjoy the journey" mindset, so motivate yourself by looking towards the destination by planning out an award!
Aced all of your tests this past mid-terms? Treat yourself out to a nice day at the spa! Snagged that promotion at work that you've been working on all year? Escape to a local relaxing resort for the weekend. Dropped an extra 15 pounds and gained a new confidence boost? Buy yourself a new outfit to compliment that new body!
The ideas are endless.
Point is: If a personal prize is what's going to get you moving, then plan on something that will get you excited to start and eventually complete your goal!
4. Wake Up Earlier/Go to Sleep Earlier.
Since my daughter was born back in November, I would have to admit that an advantage I've been able to appreciate are the hours she wakes me up at
This ranges anywhere from 5AM-7AM daily and surprisingly, I'm not complaining!
I've noticed waking up at these hours have lengthened my days where I can get a lot more done without feeling as rushed as I did before. I'm able to plan out my schedule for the day with more clarity and control.
And when you have an organized schedule with a plan in mind to execute, it leaves little to no room for excuses to get that sh*t done!
5. Schedule In Some Downtime.
Although this may seem counterintuitive, recently I've learned that taking a mental rest from projects or responsibilities can actually aid with long term productivity.
When I focused too much on my tasks list and were to be set off from an unexpected circumstance (because that's life and there will be many occassions where we're hit with random curve balls that throw off our plans), it caused unneccessary anxiety.
Sometimes we have to take a step back, rebalance ourselves, and then continue onward.
Make sure you're centered before you move in any direction, otherwise your internal compass will lead you to places you did not originally intend to go.
To wrap up, we have all procrastinated. However, remember that there is a time and place for everything.
Don't be too harsh with yourself if it doesn't get done right away, but if you're able to do it in that moment, why not just knock it off your checklist?
You'll have a clearer conscious and feel much more productive at the end of the day.
Apply these tips this week to stop your procrastinating and let me know how it goes!
Until Next Week on the Alohahna View,