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Are You A Procrastinator

February 6, 2018

 

Huh? Well…are you? I’m sure you already know the answer to this question. I admit, putting something off until you absolutely, positively have to do it, then conquering the task is somewhat exhilarating. It’s also a poor practice.

              

Let me stop here to note there is a difference between prioritization and procrastination. Prioritizing is where you shift what needs to be done in order of importance, tackling those items that need to be completed sooner rather than later. Procrastination, on the other hand, is putting off tasks you should be focused on to do something more enjoyable.

 

Getting back on track is much easier said than done, but it’s totally possible.

 

Step 1: Admit you are procrastinating!

  • Filling your day with easy, low priority tasks

  • Sitting down to tackle emergent duties, then ‘busying’ yourself on social media, mindless conversations or getting coffee

  • Constantly waiting on the ‘right time’ or the ‘right mood’ to begin

 

Step 2: Figure out WHY you are procrastinating.

  • Are you unorganized?

  • Is the task unpleasant or plain ol’ hard?

  • Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about it?

 

Step 3: Anti-Procrastination Strategies 101

  • Reward System here I come! It can be as simple as a short stack from IHOP or as enticing as a new pair of shoes. Find a way to reward yourself for completing the task. The harder the task, the greater the reward.

  • Sidenote: Great reward doesn’t necessary mean expensive.

  • Accountability partners are great because having someone to answer to makes you much less likely to chicken out. In addition, you won’t want to hear their nagging if you didn’t finish.

  • To-Do Lists or Action Plans…no, they are not the same, but there is just something about seeing what needs to be done written down that helps push you to make it happen.

Happy Writing!

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