Procrastination is such a popular topic when you talk to anybody interested in productivity & getting organised.
It’s also discussed a lot among busy mothers because it’s often a reason for not getting much done.
But with all respect, I do think it’s over-used & let me explain.
If you blame procrastination for not doing the dinner dishes for example because you wanted to rest your tired feet after a long day at work, that’s not procrastination, that’s tiredness, which is addressed in self-care … And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with resting to re-build your momentum.
The procrastination we all need to address is the type where you have the time & resources to do something but you don’t. This is the one that stops your progress because you’re not being time conscious or results-oriented when you’re procrastinating.
Procrastination & the organised lifestyle.
I highlight procrastination in self-discipline required for an organised lifestyle because you need to try to resist procrastinating.
It needs to be seen as having a significant negative impact on your ability to get things done at work & at home. And there’s no way to stay on top of your organising game if you’re constantly putting things off for another time.
Why you need to avoid procrastination.
Overcoming procrastination is super important if you want to live an organised lifestyle.
Delaying tasks on your to-do list & putting things off “for another day” for no apparent reason other than you “just don’t want to right now”, actually does more harm than good in the long-run.
And it’s this ‘harm’ that is the main reason why you need to avoid procrastination such as:
- Reduced time to complete tasks or projects
- Delayed tasks or projects
- Lower quality work due to shorter available time
How to avoid procrastination.
The most common ways to avoid procrastination is to keep in mind why you should avoid it.
Below is an explanation of how to put those why’s into action:
- Understanding outcomes – procrastination can halt progress in your life & of those around you
- Managing your time – having better control of each available moment in your day by creating to-do lists, schedules & prioritising your tasks (covered in step 3 of The Organised Lifestyle Program on taking action)
- Setting realistic goals – identify what you need to do as achievable because it’s realistic to your capabilities & lifestyle
- Learning to prioritise – being able to work out what tasks need your attention & the order of when to do them
- Surrounding yourself with doers – use opportunities at work or with your circle of family & friends to be among those that take lots of action in their lives
Please share your experiences with procrastination in the comments below.