Procrastination reminds me of a rose—it’s mesmerizing, but prickly.
We all procrastinate to a degree, but some allow it to affect their life and productivity. They dread doing something, so they put it off. Before long, it’s a heavy backpack they’re carrying around. Procrastination can ultimately drag your mood, confidence, and focus to the ground. It’s a weight you want to shed as fast as possible.
Here are a few tips to rid yourself of that unwanted weight and find a more productive way to focus your mind.
1. IDENTIFY PROCRASTINATION AS SOON AS IT CREEPS IN.
This gives you the best chance of defeating it.
2. ALWAYS, ALWAYS, ALWAYS DO THE TOUGHEST TASK OF THE DAY FIRST THING IN THE MORNING.
This will free up your mind and build confidence. If you dread calling your boss and telling him you’re going to be late on a deadline, do it first. Delaying it will only be a burden on your shoulders and sour your day unnecessarily. You need to make the call, so get it over with. Try it once. The payoff might surprise you!
3. IF IT TAKES LESS THAN FIVE MINUTES TO DO, DO IT RIGHT AWAY.
4. UNDERSTAND WHY YOU’RE PROCRASTINATING.
If it’s because the task is unpleasant, do that task right away and as quickly as possible. If it’s because you are disorganized, see the section “Staying Neat and Organized.” Once you can see order in your day and make a list, you’ll be able to chip away at what you need to do. Finally, some people procrastinate because they feel overwhelmed by a big project; they just don’t know where to start. In this case, break the project into small pieces, identify tiny milestones, and tackle the very first one, and then the next. Each small accomplishment will build your confidence, and you’ll begin to see a light at the end of that long tunnel.
Procrastination is a self-induced burden that can be life altering. If it gets out of control, some might self-soothe to cope, and this can spiral into other areas of your life. If you despise doing taxes so much that on January first of each year you start to feel a weight on your shoulders, you may find yourself heading for a bag of chips. If so, identify the problem. Break up January through April 15 into acceptable, bite-sized chunks. Stick to this manageable schedule to tackle your taxes. Once you start checking milestones off your list and see the benefits of proactive behavior, you just might leave that bag of chips alone.
YOU’VE GOT THIS: PROCRASTINATION IS SHORTSIGHTED; THE PITFALLS OUTWEIGH THE BENEFITS. AS NIKE® SAYS, “JUST DO IT!”
Dina Mauro has worked in the technology industry for over twenty-five years, twenty with one of the largest IT companies in the world. Through her love for animals, Dina began rescuing dogs, volunteering, and, ultimately, writing.
Dina is the author of A Dose of Tia: How a Woman and Her Rescued Dog Embraced Life Through Volunteering – and How You Can, Too. Initially, as a personal, heartfelt gift to her sons, but later published for the public, Dina went on to pen You’ve Got This! The Grad’s Guide to the Big, Rich, Magnificent Life You Deserve.
ABOUT YOU'VE GOT THIS!
As a parent, author Dina Mauro was so hyper-focused on competing and comparing her children to other children that she almost lost sight of what they required to thrive. She realized that when they thrive, everything in their lives falls abundantly into place.
“When traveling down life’s road, don’t simply step forward—leap toward your magnificent life. You’ve got this!
You’ve Got This! The Grad’s Guide to the Big, Rich, Magnificent Life You Deserve steers the reader through critical “markers” along life’s way: improving oneself, conquering obstacles, achieving goals, and cultivating relationships. Other stops on the journey include heading off to college, entering the work world, making decisions, managing technology, speaking in public, and many more.
You’ve Got This! is a long-overdue guidebook that illuminates forty-seven achievable strategies and real-world advice for not just living—but thriving! Now grads have the roadmap for facing challenges that left untouched can become big distractions to an exceptional life.