“ I will do it tomorrow.” It’s a sentence that we have all said on more than one occasion. I get it, we are all busy and sometimes things need to do take a back seat. What eventually ends up happening is that the task that we pushed till tomorrow gets pushed to the next day, then the next and ultimately it never gets done. This can lead to a tailspin of back logged tasks that need to be done which leads to more stress than we already have.
I am guilty of this exact action. I make lists of things that I need to get done. I start my list and realize I am running out of time, so I will take a task or 2 and say “ I will do it tomorrow” or “That can wait till tomorrow”. You know what ends up happening, tomorrow never comes and these tasks never end up getting done. It’s a habit that I’m not proud of because I don’t like procrastinating or putting things off. Yet it happens on a daily basis. I know we all get tired and overwhelmed with everything we have to do in a day, so what can I do to stop this constant procrastination.
There are many ways we can try to tackle the sometimes never ending cycle of procrastination. First things is to realize you do procrastinate. It’s like they say the first step is admitting there is a problem. Now that I have admitted to the problem at hand it’s time to tackle it. I make to do lists. Some days I am really good following the list other days not so much. So the one thing I am going to try is planning my day the night before (for my full-time job, my everyday tasks that I do for me or around the house, and also the work my husband and I are doing). Most days when I get home after work I usually make dinner and then sit down for a couple hours. So instead when I get home I will tackle everything I have on my list and sit down after I finish everything and unwind before I go to bed.
I recently read an article about techniques to help avoid procrastination. One of the contributors of the article stated he sets a timer for a certain amount of time such as 20 minutes. When the timer goes off he takes a break maybe 5 minutes and then starts the timer again. I like this idea and I’m going to try it. One thing I think happens is that we try to do everything without taking a break. Your mind and body need those occasional breaks or you are just going to burn yourself out.
Finally if there is a small task that needs to be done I’m going to make a conscious effort to just do it. Whether it’s hanging up my coat instead of throwing it on the couch or putting dishes in the sink instead of leaving them on the table. Making a conscious effort to do the little things I hope will help me keep focused to tackle the bigger tasks I have to do throughout my day. So in conclusion remember this simple saying “ don’t put off to tomorrow what you can do today.
Until next time.