How ironic that this holiday falls just a day after Be Late for Something Day! Just when we’re telling you it’s okay to be late, we follow up with a lecture about procrastination.
Are you a procrastinator? Go ahead and be honest, I won’t tell anybody. Do you tend to put things off to the last minute, telling yourself “I’ll get to it later” but then it seems that later never comes? In our fast paced world of today, it’s easy to have a jam-packed schedule which makes it difficult to get things done.
What are some ways that you can fight procrastination in your own life? While it’s a tough habit to break once you’ve been doing it for a while, it can be done. Here are some tips to help you:
1. Don’t commit to more than you can handle. Over committing is a common problem for many people. You have so many things that you need and want to do that it’s easy to bite off more than you can chew. You may promises and commitments to people and then you may find it very difficult getting them all done. Be sure you only sign up for what you know you can handle and you won’t be as tempted to put things off.
2. Create a plan- From the beginning when you first see that you have many things to do, you need to create a plan to carry out these activities. Create a schedule that slots time for each thing that you need to do and this will make it harder to “forget” and procrastinate the things you need to do.
3. Seek help. When you absolutely need it and you are in over your head, don’t be afraid to seek help. Ask for help from a family member, friend or coworker. Face up to the fact that you have more than you can handle and work through a solution to make it better.
4. Use lists. It’s really hard to procrastinate when you feel like you have so many things to do that you don’t know where to begin. Create lists for yourself and as you complete each task, mark it on your list. When you look and see that you are making progress and actually completing tasks on your list, it will help you want to keep moving forward.
5. Have realistic expectations- It’s easy to get overwhelmed when you set your goals so high it seems you can never achieve them. This makes it easy to put things off because you think you can never reach your main goal. You may say “I’ll write that later when I have more time to focus and can do a better job” or “I’ll study for the test later so it will still be fresh on my mind”.
6. Celebrate victories. Allow yourself the opportunity to celebrate the small victories. Reward yourself when you meet goals and complete things on schedule. This will help you remain motivated to complete other things on schedule.
These are some great ways to help you fight procrastination in your life. Why not start today on Fight Procrastination Day and create healthier habits to stay with you for a lifetime.