Who doesn’t feel like there’s not enough time in the day to accomplish everything on their to-do list? Procrastination is a big problem and it may be the main reason you’re not getting things done.
Do not put off reading this blog post! Checking out these tips now instead of at some unknown time in the distant future is in your best interest. Here’s how to respond to your tendency toward procrastination and to start becoming more productive in the new year.
1. Remain Calm
It can be counterproductive if you grow anxious and start fumbling around, trying to get your tasks done while fearing each tick of the clock. A calm and cool outlook is what you want to achieve. (Activities such as meditation, yoga and exercise are all good ways to help you achieve a sense of inner peace and calm, so give them a try if they’re not already part of your routine).
The tasks you haven’t attempted yet don’t need to be a source of stress. One of the biggest reasons people procrastinate is because they catastrophize, or make a huge deal out of something that doesn’t warrant such a big response.
To put things in perspective and avoid stress, remember to focus on “Why” you are doing a particular task and what the benefits are of completing it. Many people find this is an excellent way to keep their cool and to stay motivated in finishing their to-do list tasks.
Eliminate the kind of thinking that goes, “I will do it when I have time.” That’s not precise, since you don’t have an actual goal or deadline. Instead, schedule when you are going to work on a project. Block out that time for the task, just as you would for an important meeting at work.
2. Get Started Now
Keep in mind that the best way to get something done is to just begin.
When setting up schedules, be realistic. That’s how you set yourself up for success. Allocate enough time buffer, since projects often take much longer than expected.
3. Eat the Elephant, One Bite at a Time
You may find it helpful to break various big tasks into smaller manageable parts, so a project does not seem overwhelming.
Quit making excuses, and simply begin by doing something.
Remember that perfectionism is an all-or-nothing mentality that will not serve you well. Eliminate this type of thinking and you’ll start to see the benefits.
Reward yourself for successes. At the same time, you should also forgive yourself for procrastinating in the past.
4. Too Much on Your Plate?
Procrastination could be a sign that you simply have too much on your plate. Perhaps there are ways to lighten the load that you haven’t pursued yet. For example, maybe the distribution of family chores need to be updated so you’re less burdened. Or, you might hire people to take care of basic tasks, such as by delivering items when you’re low on time for the day’s chores.