I have a confession to make that won’t be surprising to people who know me well - I am a procrastinator! Admitting that I have a problem hasn’t been the first step in curing this problem for me. I have a habit of continually putting off until tomorrow the things I would like to get done. As a result I end up living with the nagging weight of my procrastination. Sound familiar to anyone?
Yesterday, I took the day off from work to rest and get caught up on things. There were several items that I really wanted to get done while I was home alone. I knew I would feel better when I had accomplished these things, but I ended up being my own worst enemy - watching television, checking my email, and playing on my phone. I even used chores like unloading the dishwasher or folding clothes to procrastinate!
I have learned several techniques over the years to try to fight the cycle of procrastination and the feelings of guilt that I so easily fall into. It helps me to bring another person into the mix for the things I want done but don’t really want to do. For instance, I have been working out with a trainer since I know that I probably wouldn’t show up to a gym without her. Having that accountability is motivating for me.
I also lean on friends who have talents in areas that I don’t. What’s ‘work’ for me can be fun for someone else. And I try to remind myself that it’s okay to just do a small part of a larger project in one sitting. Then I can’t use the excuse of not having enough time for the entire project.
But, I’ve also realized that it is important for me to take time for myself so I don’t feel completely worn out. While this is the opposite of getting things done, I have found that sitting down with a hot cup of Ginger Peach or Paradise helps me to focus and decide how the rest of my day is going to go...will I be in control or will I let procrastination take over.