5 Ways to Stop Procrastinating Once and for All
Master these simple skills to help you finish today’s tasks that you’re tempted to put off for tomorrow.
Your bed is the most comfortable place in your house. However, as soon as the morning comes, you might start to dread what chores you and your family have to do. It’s a struggle, we know. We wish we could just snuggle up in our blankets for the rest of the day.
But things won’t get done if you keep saying “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Try out these five basic steps to get you back on track and away from procrastination.
Make a list and check it twice
What we like to do as soon as we get out of bed (or the night before) is to make a list of everything that needs to be accomplished. It’s a great way to prep your mind and body for the tasks ahead, plus it’s a visual reminder and guide to make sure that you finish those tasks. After you get something done, cross it out and keep moving forward. By the end of the day, you’ll finish what you needed to do.
Be honest about your priorities
How often have you had to do something and you’ve told yourself; “I just can’t do it right now’ or ‘I don’t have enough time’. We like to blame time in these situations because it is easy. However, we always need ask ourselves whether time is, in fact, too limited or we are just putting things off. You can do this by practicing self-awareness. Each time you catch yourself using time as an excuse, evaluate your to-do lists and guess the number of hours each task will take to recognise how much time you actually have.
The best part? It stops that anxious feeling we get when we have a bunch of tasks weighing us down. Once you are on top of how much time you really have, you can divide your days up and be as productive as possible.
Start the day right
When you wake up in the morning, you want to feel refreshed and re-energized. Give yourself and your family a great breakfast, maybe some oatmeal or a delicious stack of whole wheat pancakes. Top it off with a bowl of fruit and a glass of Meadow Fresh milk. This should refuel you for the chores you need to do and your kids for their day at school. Grab Meadow Fresh’s new family-sized cartons to make sure you’re all set for breakfast.
As tempting as it sounds to keep your mobile phone or tablet close at hand, we all know that once you venture into the world of social media, you’ll be plummeting into a black hole and by 8pm, you’ll be worrying about where all of your time went. Give yourself a little break, go off the grid and do what you need to do. This is also a great habit that works well with kids when they need to balance their homework and chores.
Enjoy the little things
Everything you’ve accomplished is a small victory. If something goes the wrong way or doesn’t happen as planned, forgive yourself. There’s no point in beating yourself up. If you give in to that unhealthy spiral of emotion, you’ll just be setting yourself up for procrastination again. So, cheer up, think positively, enjoy the little victories and brush away those silly road bumps that life sends us along the way.
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