The Three Keys to Avoiding Procrastination

“Procrastination is like a credit card; It’s fun until you get the bill”. – Christopher Parker


I procrastinate. In fact, I do it daily, especially when I know I have things to do that I really just don’t feel like doing. I was a terrible procrastinator in high school, too, and this is when it especially got me in trouble. Instead of doing homework or studying for a test, I would rather hang out with friends, check my Facebook account or even watch TV. Then when an assignment was due or a test was being given, I’d realize I shouldn’t have procrastinated like I had. Now, I have a daughter and two dogs that I would rather spend time with, but I realize that procrastinating about work isn’t going to get me anywhere. Because they deserve the best, I must achieve success. Here are some methods  I use to be successful and productive every day.


Early Bird Gets the Worm

Even though I would much rather sleep in until my daughter gets up, I force myself to get up and get the day started early. When I get up, I know in my mind what I want to accomplish that day, then I start with the task I dread the most to get it out of the way. With the biggest task completed, everything else seems easy for the rest of the day.


Focus on the Here and Now

I am often given deadlines when it comes to my work and this tends to stress me out. Stressing out will not help me to be successful, so instead of worrying about when something is due, I worry about the here and now. I know what my assignment is, so I can get started on it right away, rather than worrying about how I will possibly finish in time. Worrying wastes precious time that I could spend doing what needs to be done. By focusing on the here and now, I notice I have more to show for fifteen minutes than a handful of hair that I pulled out while I was worrying.


Think About the Outcome and Weigh Your Options

When I feel like or notice myself procrastinating, I always think about the outcome two ways and I find that this helps me a lot. I think about what results will be achieved if I do allow myself to procrastinate. In the end, it will be a waste of time, nothing will get done, and I will be even more stressed out (and maybe missing a bit more hair!) trying to get things done in half the time I originally had. I may disappoint people, I may get a bad grade or I could even lose my job. If I don’t procrastinate, I may have time after I finish to relax, people will be proud of me biting the bullet and completing my task and I won’t have to worry about getting a bad grade or losing my job. I will have successfully avoided procrastination!

If you find yourself procrastinating, you are not alone and you are certainly not a failure. Think about the outcomes of procrastinating and how much better you will feel when you no longer have to worry about whatever it is you’re procrastinating about. You’ll be a success and that’s something to be proud of!


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