Procrastination……. such a great word and so many causes! Many people struggle with procrastination – usually on a daily basis. Does any of this sound familiar……? I will do it tomorrow……I have more important things to do…….I’m tired…….I can’t be bothered……..I’m too busy…….I don’t have time……I don’t know where to start……??
Today I am sharing my top 5 tips for keeping on top of procrastination – even if you can take one tip and use it towards alleviating some stress in your life 🙂
Tip no 1:
Why? Take the time to ponder why you are procrastinating in the first place. Are you afraid of failure? Feeling overwhelmed? It’s all too much? Spending some time thinking these questions through will help you to indentify some of your barriers. I am reading a great book at the moment called “You can heal you life” by Louise Hay – it has been around for a while but is still a great read for identifying some of those ‘stuck’ areas in your life.
Tip no 2:
Make a list. You might want to make a list on a notepad, your fridge or on your phone/computer. Do whatever will work the best for you. I have the ‘Teux Deux’ app on my phone and it’s a great way to keep me on track every day. Anything I don’t get done on one day, gets carried over to the next day. This means that I am reminded every day to do the task, until it gets done!
Tip no 3:
Make time! You will feel so much better if you make the time to put some energy into whatever it is you need to do, or whatever area needs some love and attention. Mark it on a calendar where you can see it and stick to it!
Tip no 4:
Take small steps towards your goal. You don’t have to do it all at once. Start with a small area, a cupboard or even a drawer. And celebrate your success! It is important to be kind to yourself through this process and to give yourself a pat on the back for what might seem even the smallest of achievements. Your reward might be a chocolate bar, a night off cooking or a glass of wine! The choice is yours.
Tip no 5:
“A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” Once again, a motto I use on a regular basis. An organised space saves time and energy and helps in the avoidance of procrastination. If everything you own has a designated space, it will be much easier to keep you and your home organised. Take small steps, little and often, and you will get there!
Get started today!