September 6, 2018 is Fight Procrastination Day. It sounds a bit silly to bring awareness to procrastination. We’re all guilty of it. There’s something we need to do but it can wait. It’s far too comfortable on the couch. It’s a wonderful time to watch a series that needs catching up on. Let’s face it, why do something today when we can do it tomorrow?
However all this procrastination can catch up to you.
Oh I should have cleaned this today… I should have completed that assignment when I had time… I’m far too busy to finish everything I had to do…
We end up putting tasks off until the last minute. That’s when we get stressed and rushed. We race to complete the tasks had to do. Our work ends up being sloppy or half done. We end up upset or even angry if we can’t complete our project. This is why it’s important to remember that everyone procrastinates. And there are ways to combat it!
Make a to do list
I do this every month to remind me of my goals. Sometimes I might not be able to complete all of them. Keeping a list helps me check off what I’ve done and what I can improve on. I too love to procrastinate and there’s no shame in enlisting some help! I’ve begun putting ideas together to help me focus more and I’ll share more when the time comes!
Do a little at a time
If your task requires a long period of time to complete, take it in sections. Complete what you can before you take a walk around the room or get a glass of water. It’s important to take breaks because constant working puts a strain on your mental and physical state. Staring at a computer screen all day is horrible for your eyes. Keep your eyes focused for 20 minutes and then look away from the screen to give your eyes a rest. If you must work late into the night, use a program that helps your eyes with the bright screen. I love using f.lux to automatically adjust my computer screen color. The bright white strains your eyes. F.lux changes the color to a warm yellow shade to take away the damage being done.
Take a break
If something gets too overwhelming, you should take a break but promise yourself to return. It’s easy to take a break that lasts several hours. If you set a timer for yourself it becomes easier to manage your time. If you take a breather between tasks you come back refreshed and energized. I do this often when I have Dutch to work on. Sometimes my eyes get tired from looking at those crazy Dutch spellings. I get up and take a break. Sometimes I’ll take a cup of tea on the couch so I can be with my dogs. Other times I do a few chores before I come back. What you do is up to you, but make sure you go back!
Just get it done
Sometimes you just have to sit yourself down and plow through it. Dedication pays off in the end. There are a ton of things we could be doing to enjoy life! So get your butt in that chair and just do it! You’ll feel that weight lift off of your chest because now you don’t have anything to worry about. Sometimes that’s the best feeling in the world.
You can find more information at Fight Procrastination Day