Happy Tuesday! This week I chose to blog about procrastination for our Week Two challenge. Did you know that on September 6 people celebrate Fight Procrastination Day? It is an unofficial holiday that encourages people to take charge of their procrastination problem. In addition, it is important for people to find ways to overcome the never-ending urge to put off important tasks for another day. Do you procrastinate? How can you fight procrastination?
Before I answer the questions, I would like to define procrastination. Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished by a certain deadline. I have to admit that I actually do pretty good with not procrastinating on most things in my life. I create a daily to-do list and work toward getting things checked off daily. Lately, it has been kind of hard due to the pandemic, working from home, virtual learning with my boys, and dealing with behavior problems with one of my sons. Now, what I can admit to is procrastination with bigger projects, such as finishing my writing project and updating my Renew Inspiration blog. I am a work in progress and plan to do better in this area.
Here's some tips to help you reduce procrastination:
1) Start your day earlier.
2) Set realistic goals and create a daily to-do list.
3) Top your to-do list with a win (something you can/will accomplish).
4) Change your mindset and be true to yourself.
5) Break larger tasks down into smaller ones.
6) Say no to distractions.
7) Take breaks and go to your happy place.
8) Allow failure to occur, but learn from your mistakes.
9) Have your spouse or friend hold you accountable.
Unfortunately, procrastination is hard to overcome, but it is doable.