Curb Procrastination

It is possible that you never learned how to organize your time, but the amazing thing is ‘you can learn.’ I challenge you to capture time during the month of March to develop the Just Do It habit and break away from procrastination. Schedule blocks of time every day to tackle your next organizing project, preferably one that you have been putting off for quite some time. Whatever it may be, you will accomplish it by March 31 if you diligently work on it 15 minutes each day.

15 minutes x 31 days = 465 minutes = 7 ¾ hours

National Procrastination Week (First week in March)

Webster defines procrastination as a means to defer or delay action until an opportunity is lost. If you change just one habit this month, eliminating procrastination would be the best one to put you on the roadway to success. The tendency to procrastinate devours time. In 2020 we want to capture time in order to complete neglected projects.

Someone once wrote, “Procrastination is the only thing I have time for!” Is this statement true for you, too? Do you possess a bag full of excuses or promise yourself that you will start first thing tomorrow morning? Here are some reasons people use to justify procrastination. Are they your excuses as well? Are those excuses holding you back from getting organized?

>> This project is too overwhelming! If you believe you do not have enough time to complete a project and think you will find the needed time later, you are only deceiving yourself. Eventually you realize that the wished-for-time never comes. You are procrastinating!

>> It is just a little task and can wait! Small chores are easily pushed to the background in favor of more important stuff. Most of these little tasks have to be done at some point; they are the little irritants that constantly prick you. You do not like to do them, so you push them aside. The tendency to procrastinate on a small job eventually increases the stress involved when you come to the realization that it must be done now. However, once start, it usually is not quite as bad as you anticipated. The longer you put off the small tasks, the more you must worry about finding the time to do them, and the longer you procrastinate, the greater the anxiety and stress. The longer you wait, the worse it gets. As Harold Taylor wrote in his book, Personal Organization, “Whenever you put off today’s tasks, you add to tomorrow’s burdens.”

>> I don’t have time to do it perfectly! Perfection tendencies — over-planning, over-organization, over-cleanliness, over-conscientiousness — are significant factors in procrastination. The need for perfect labels on the file folders, pens and pencils sorted into proper containers, supply closets that are the model of perfection and boxes of paper separated and lined up evenly, support procrastination tendencies. It is exhausting to contemplate a project when there is a need to complete it perfectly.

When you procrastinate, in your mind you know it will have to get done eventually. So, why drag out the inevitable. Take action today by scheduling time needed to get the chore completed. One of the best things you can do for yourself is set aside enough time to complete a task. There is relief when the job is done. The oppressive weight will be lifted from your shoulders. Take a lesson from Nike and Just Do It Now.

Procrastination ~ Ditty by Leonard A. Paris
I’ve gone for a drink and sharpened my pencils
Searched through my desk for forgotten utensils
Reset my watch and adjusted my chair
Loosened my tie and straightened my hair
Filled my pen and tested the blotter
Gone for another drink of water
Adjusted the calendar, raised the blinds
Sorted erasers of different kinds
Now, down to work I can finally sit
Oops! Too late, it is time to quit!

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