“I’ll do it tomorrow.”
How many times does this phrase cross your mind when you face a challenging task? How often does this statement dance through your head when you look at your endless to-do list? Alternatively, how often do you fill your schedule with busywork so that there’s “no time” for the projects that matter?
If you answer “more than once,” to any of the above questions, know that you’re not alone.
So many of us deal with procrastination in some form or another. We find ourselves overloaded and overbooked, and rather than working through the discomfort of overwhelm and figuring out a solution, we end up avoiding the situation altogether.
Then, to make matters worse, we dwell on our behavior and our “shortcomings.” We tell ourselves that we “simply can’t do it;” we convince ourselves that we lack focus and dedication; we believe the biting lie that we are “too lazy.”
But here’s the deal: 9 times out of 10, laziness is not the problem.
Instead, we battle with perfectionism. We worry about what others will think, we struggle with analysis paralysis, we get physically and mentally exhausted, and we need support.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Despite these challenges, however, we need to find a way to overcome them. We need to get past the hurdle of procrastination and stop telling ourselves we will “do it tomorrow.” We can’t let procrastination get the best of us.
Because tomorrow never comes.
Instead, that to-do list simply gets longer, and our feelings of confusion, exhaustion, and perfectionism take control. We let our tasks pile up, and we start believing the lies we tell ourselves: I’m too lazy. I can’t focus. I’m too busy. There’s not enough time. I’m not good enough. I can’t do this.
If you are like most of us, those negative thoughts quickly begin a downward spiral, and feelings of anxiety, hopelessness, guilt, and shame take over.
But here’s the good news.
You can do this.
You can kick procrastination to the curb.
How do I know? Because you have the determination and the motivation waiting right there inside of you.
And today I’m here to help you discover it.
It’s time to tackle procrastination with the strategy of organization.
Are you ready?
Let’s do it.
How to Stop Procrastinating and Finally Get Organized
We all have a mile-long to-do list, right? And for many of us, our lengthy list often causes feelings of anxiety as we desperately wonder how we will get it all done. Rather than wasting valuable time deciding where to start, however, why not grab your trusty planner and map it out?
How to Stop Procrastinating with a Planner
Yes, it really is that simple!
If you want to stop procrastinating and complete your work on time, one of the best ways to get organized is by using a daily planner.
Spend 15-20 minutes at the beginning of each week and list out everything you want to accomplish over the next seven days, from grocery shopping, to answering emails, to completing that big project for work.
Eliminate the Excess
Next, look over your to-do list. Ask yourself: “do I really need to do everything on this list?” If the answer is no, eliminate the excess.
And I challenge you to be ruthless here. Because when you take time to really question everything on that to-do list, I think you’ll find that you’re tackling much more than necessary.
Map it Out
Finally, take every single item that’s left on your list and schedule it into your planner leaving adequate time for each project.
Remember, if it is in the calendar, it is set.
Treat each task as a meeting with the CEO of your company. Because let’s face it. YOU are the CEO of your life; don’t blow yourself off.
You deserve more than that.
By regularly mapping out your week in advance, you reduce the anxiety of having “so many things to do.”
When you create a plan that tells you exactly when everything will get done, it quells the stress, and it stops procrastination in its tracks.
If you want to go the extra mile, challenge yourself at the beginning of each month to plan out your next four weeks in a similar fashion. Taking these few extra minutes just once per month provides you with a clear birds-eye view of major upcoming events and gives you ample time to prepare.
Peace out procrastination!
- Using a pen and paper (or this workbook!), record everything you need to accomplish in the next month.
- After you’ve listed everything, look over the tasks and ask yourself, “do I really need to do all of this?” If you answer “no” to anything on the list, then get rid of it.
- Divide what remains on your list over the next four weeks.
- Using the calendar in this workbook, schedule each item on your to-do list. Now you know exactly what day you will complete each task.
- At the end of each week, reflect on what you completed and assess what you have coming up in the next seven days.
- Remember, if you want to reach your goals, you must do everything on your list. What’s more, you must do them on the date they are assigned. Don’t move tasks around. Don’t focus on things you would “rather” do and put off the hard stuff. Stick with your schedule and start seeing progress.
How to Stop Procrastinating by time-blocking
To boost your productivity even further, consider incorporating time blocking into your daily planning session to further map out your schedule.
What is time blocking, you ask?
Simply put, time blocking is the practice of dividing your daily schedule into clear blocks of time. Then, you fit your to-do list into those specific sections.
One of the things that I love most about time blocking is that it gets the ball rolling when you’re overwhelmed by your to-do list. It keeps you focused when you’re feeling distracted, and it provides you with the motivation you need when you’re ready to throw in the towel.
In short, time blocking helps you kick procrastination to the curb.
The bare-bones time blocking strategy looks like this:
- Look at your to-do list for the day.
- Decide how much time each task will take.
- Depending on the project, buffer in an extra 30 minutes to complete the task. (Generally speaking, things always takes longer than you think.)
- Write your to-do list in the time block template in your workbook, and allow for short breaks in between to recharge.
- Crush your to-do list!
Pro tip: When you work on time blocking, make sure that you focus solely on the task at hand. Single-tasking is the secret to peak productivity; it allows you to accomplish your to-do list in the allotted time given without wasting time bouncing from task to task.
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There you have it, friends! This is one of my favorite solutions to the question of “how to stop procrastinating.” Are you ready to give it a try? Fantastic! Then make sure to grab your free workbook here and get started today!
Do you ever struggle with procrastination? What are your favorite strategies to get things done? Share your tips below!