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5 Tips to Defeat Procrastination

Updated: Dec 1, 2020

Christmas Octopus
My daughter and I created a Christmas Octopus with the Cricut!

If you're anything like me, I always have a million things on my mind of what I want to to be doing at any given moment. It can feel overwhelming and can sometimes get me to the point where I almost don't want to do anything because I'm exhausted just thinking of all the items on my mental to-do list. Here are a few tips that help me fight the urge to procrastinate.

1. Eliminate Distractions & Put Yourself in Motion

If you're lounging on the couch watching TV and thinking about what you need to be doing, the first thing you SHOULD do is turn off the television and get on your feet. Stretch, do a couple of jumping jacks, waist twists or arm circles and get the blood moving in your body. A body in motion stays in motion, so move your body to get yourself started!

2. Tidy Up & Get Organized

It's hard to accomplish anything when the space you are in is cluttered or messy. Give yourself a clean, organized working space by putting things away in their place and freshening up your environment. Not only will that help motivate you with the next task below, but you will also feel better.

3. Make a List and Prioritize

Write down all of the things you want or have to do for the day. Scan your list and prioritize them. If there are small or easy things on there that can be done quickly, do a few of those first, but make sure you still give yourself enough time for the harder or more important tasks too. You can start to feel like you've accomplished something once you start crossing items from your list.

4. Create a Timeline

If you know how long certain tasks can take, you can give yourself an honest timeline. Scan your list and estimate how much time is required until you're finished. Allow time for breaks if necessary. Just don't stress yourself out about how much time you have left. Focus on things you can control, like getting as much done as you can within your defined timeframe.

5. Ask for Help (if available)

If you have things on your list that can be delegated to someone else, (like spouses or children, etc), then ask them to help so you can be productive with the other tasks. Not only will that help you get things done faster, but you won't feel bogged down with a long list of jobs that could be shared. Plus, the faster you and your assembled team gets everything done, the faster you can all go back to doing things you enjoy, like relaxing together! On the other hand, if there's no one out there that can help you, then realize you are only one person doing the best you can. Don't be hard on yourself and just keep pushing forward!

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