Do you walk around in a daze sometimes, feeling down and dumpy on yourself because you aren’t accomplishing all the things you thought you would? Procrastination is a mean booger that will trip you up every time if you let it. So don’t let it! Here are some tips to help you kick your procrastinating habits to the curb.
Get enough sleep every night. One reason why so many have trouble getting things done when they need to be done is because they are tired and worn out before their day even gets started good. You need at least 6 hours of sleep, but 8 hours is preferable. The older you get, the more rest you need. Get plenty of sleep and you’ll be rested and ready to face every day when you wake up in the morning.
Start your day early. Procrastinators always complain of never having enough time in the day. The problem isn’t with not having enough time, but with not using time wisely. One of the best procrastination busters is to start your day early. If you need to leave at 8 in the morning to get to work on time, why not allow yourself 10-15 extra minutes? Starting early (for anything) ensures you will have more than enough time to do what you need to do.
Plan ahead. Procrastinators often fail to plan properly, too. They often times will leave things to chance and rather enjoy the adrenaline rush of trying to do everything without having to make proper arrangements ahead of time. Don’t fall into this trap! Start planning ahead and you’ll be able to save time and get much more done in the little time you do have.
Prepare for the worst. Another thing procrastinators seem to fail to do is to prepare for the worst. The stark reality is that everything doesn’t always go as planned. So when it doesn’t, you need a backup plan in place to compensate. Prepare for the worst case scenario so you won’t be shocked and caught off-guard. Then if all goes well, you have nothing to worry about.
Reward yourself. Do you ever think about doing something nice for yourself for having done a job well? If not, then you should start doing that now. Giving yourself little rewards for even the smallest accomplishments will really help boost your morale and make you want to try harder to do better every time.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2008 Hope Wilbanks