We've all done it before. Whether it's putting off getting started on that big project at work or waiting until the night of April 14th to sit down to do our taxes, procrastination is a way of life for many of us. However, procrastination has a few negative effects. Not only can it be stress-inducing, but it's also not a very efficient way of spending your time. Just think how much you could have gotten done if you actually worked on what you were procrastinating instead of thinking and dreading it? Read on for three ways to stop the procrastination monster cold in its tracks!
Get to the root. We never procrastinate without a reason. Maybe we already have too much on our plates and it's time to start delegating other tasks to free up time or maybe we're don't think we have the skills to handle the big project our boss just handed to us. Sometimes, we're just plain afraid of the results of our work — taxes come to mind there. No matter what it is that your procrastinating, take a few deep breaths, and check in with your emotions by asking "What's the hold up here and why?" You might be surprised at the answer!
Chunk it up. There's no doubt that huge projects or tasks are intimidating. So instead of looking at it as one big to-do, divide it up into multiple smaller to-dos with a timeline. Then set a goal to do the first small to-do. In the case of creating a big presentation, why not start by simply jotting out a list of points you need to include. Half the battle is just getting started.
Just do it. If you procrastinate even the smallest of things, like getting your car's oil changed or renewing your gym membership (definitely don't delay on that one!), follow the Nike slogan and make yourself do it. No ifs, ands or buts, schedule it and do it. Making a commitment to stop the mental hockey is sometimes all it takes to call you out on your own personal pitfalls.
And whatever you do, don't put off trying these tips!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.