How To Stop Putting It Off: Just Say No To Procrastination

I was going to start writing this post a few days ago, but life got in the way. Caring for Mr. Sweetie, preparing for some changes on the home front, and the quick and sweeping winds of everyday life just happened. And so my writing waited.

I am typically very good about planning things, working things in while balancing many other things, but this past month has presented me with many different goings-on all at once, and sequentially, making me feel a bit like I am living in the eye of a particularly grumpy tornado. I have been physically and emotionally crawling into my bed every night with the heaviness of a woman running a marathon, every day. And yet, a commitment is a commitment, so here I am, on the eve of my weekly posting-day, pulling it all together.

What better topic, then, to explore, than procrastination? Ahhh, yes, that shuddering word! Many refuse to apply it to themselves, and the ones that do willingly must be under the assumption that it means “totally awesome”. Still others swear that they do their best work when “under the gun”, as the colloquialism goes. I know I’ve said that more than once in my life. The truth is, though, life feels a whole lot more breathable in general when you can see the fires coming one at a time, instead of plopping yourself down in the middle of a bunch at once with your clothes already ablaze from previous flames.

As a human being, it is far too easy to procrastinate. Too many things to do and remember, coupled with lots of modern conveniences that we sometimes lean a bit too heavily on, equals some definite last-minute sprinting on a pretty regular basis. As a mami, there are many occasions when it seems almost unavoidable, despite the best intentions. Plans hit you like you’re rubber, and bounce off, to stick to some future moment when you can bet there will be something else going on. Good thing we have two arms! Too bad we don’t have four.

So, what can be done to help alleviate that all-too-familiar panic of leaving things undone until they risk coming undone? Well, here’s a couple tips that I have come up with, and try to apply all the time (but sometimes put it off):

  1. Make lists! As a kid, I loathed lists, because my chief complaint was that “they never end”. At the time, I just thought that meant that my parents enjoyed seeing me unhappy. Now I know better: it’s because there are always more things to do! Here’s the key, though: make more than one list. The main list is for the things that are either priorities, or daily tasks that can’t be ignored. The second one is for the other things, the bonus things, that must come with a personal reward upon completion. This is a MUST! Gold stars, little candy bars, a trip to a beloved spot, whatever the reward is for you. Systems like this keep the procrastinator going, and help to shape them into a doer.
  2. Invite guests to your home. I have seen the hardest of procrastinators fall to the threat of someone else seeing the daily messes to which they have become accustomed. For some reason, no one wants other people to think they never get things done, so having a reason to get moving can sometimes be all the motivation that’s needed! Even better – make it into a dinner party, a card game, or some sort of fun, motivating experience, and build your own reward right into it!
  3. Start three tasks at once. I know, sounds funny, but jumping around can take the monotony out of a single task, and make it into a dance of starts and stops. Set a timer for three minutes, and, when the time is up, put down what you’re doing, no matter where you are at in it, pick up one of the others for three minutes, and so on. Laugh at whatever predicament you are in when that timer goes off; have some fun! Things take so much less time and are so much less taxing when they are enjoyable.

And there you have it! Go ahead, try them, and I hope you find some success!

 

What are some things you can do to address your procrastinating? How do you feel when you are staying on top of things, and taking a break from procrastinating? Please leave your thoughts in a comment!

 

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Mami

Mami is an artist, aspiring entrepreneur, and first-time, full-time mother. She enjoys long walks with Mr. Sweetie, good food and cooking, her family and dear friends, writing, arting and crafting. She doesn't know everything, but wants to learn, and loves to do research and share what she finds. She thinks life is like a box of puzzle pieces: you keep trying until it fits, because every piece has its place. She owns and operates whatever she sets her mind to, and knows that the sky is only the limit if you haven't left the ground yet.

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