You’ve got a job to do and a life to live with people and projects expecting the slice of you that they’re due. You have work and home responsibilities and goals, some you want to achieve and some you have to achieve. Therefore, it’s important that you don’t let procrastination get in your way. So what do you do when you find yourself procrastinating? If this is a question you’ve asked yourself then read on.
Procrastination, according to the dictionary is when you put something off to do something else. If you want to go shopping but are at work does that mean you’re procrastinating on shopping? No, in this day and age, procrastination is not just putting something off. For this article, procrastination is when you don’t realize you’ve put something off until it’s too late.
There are some of you who are “born procrastinators” because that’s how you’ve been referred to and how you refer to yourself. The first step to being a non-procrastinator or a motivated productive individual is to start thinking and talking about you as a motivated productive individual.
If you don’t want to be a procrastinator any more start by saying the following affirmations:
I am happily doing first things first
I am productively accomplishing my daily tasks
Just because you say it doesn’t mean you are it automatically. It will take you some time to grow into your new image. Now that you have determined and affirmed you are a productive and motivated individual let’s take a look at some obstacles that can get in the way of our productivity and motivation.
There are a number of reasons why people procrastinate but the top two are:
Fear is a big reason why we procrastinate and can take many forms. Fear can also be debilitating and limiting.
Limitations or fears are usually self-imposed and possibly come from old programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.
Remember fear stands for:
So, what happens when you experience fear? Ask yourself the question, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Use fear as an indicator that you are experiencing something you need to deal with and then deal with it.
Another reason people procrastinate is that they don’t know where to start or are overwhelmed with the amount of work on their “to do” list. If this is you, you are not alone. Most people procrastinate for this reason even if they aren’t usually procrastinators.
Start removing that overwhelmed feeling by creating one master task list. Make sure it has everything on it. Once you’ve done that, review your list. Make sure it only contains those things, (either personal or work) which are still relevant for you to accomplish. Now you’ll want to break down each task to where it takes no more than an hour to accomplish. Some tasks you’ll want to break down even smaller so you’ll have some 10 and 15 minutes tasks to fill in right before lunch, or before you leave for the day, right before a meeting, or something small to start the day.
From your master task list create a daily “to do” list, that specifies only those tasks you plan on accomplishing that day, taking into consideration interruptions and distractions that always come up. Out of everyday only 75% of it should be planned. Which means, in an eight hour day only six hours are planned on your daily “to do” list.
As tasks get completed, remove them from your “master” list and as new things come up add them.
Every day create a daily “to do” list either for the next day before you leave in the day or at the start of the day. You need no more than 10 minutes each day to do your planning.
Use these techniques to keep you moving forward, accomplishing goals, and creating the life and career you want.