Here I’m again trying my best to share an interesting content with you mamas and busy people out there. I was thinking lately what would be a “must share” topic and thought about procrastination. Which is super present in any reading we do on our daily basis.
Some of you might think procrastination, what a word to talk about! Let’s simply bring the meaning of “procrastinate” from the dictionary and see what it reveals. According to the Cambridge dictionary, procrastinate means “to keep delaying something that must be done, often because it is unpleasant or boring…”. Thinking about the definition and comparing it to our day to day tasks, we can identify various examples of procrastination in our lives, such as, get rid of a pile of work that’s been sitting on the desk forever, cleaning the house, an uncomfortable call to a client, and so on. All those situations just confirm that we really procrastinate when we don’t enjoy doing whatever we’ve been postponing and delaying.
Now, how is procrastinating affecting your life? Well, I can tell by experience that mine has been affected a lot by that. A lot of people might think when reading that: “how come you as a professional organizer procrastinate?”. And my answer is: we can procrastinate to different things in our lives. It’s not because I love organizing rooms, closets, cabinets and garages that I can’t procrastinate on calling my insurance, my bank or solving any personal issue last week. I acknowledge that those areas are my Achilles heel and I need to put an extra effort to go around that; and that happens to everyone, my friends.
You mamas know that I simply love what I do and one of the things that I’ve learned about being a professional organizer is putting together a systematic schedule. It helps me a lot on fighting against procrastinating and enhances my time management overall.
Some people might not enjoy programming themselves with agendas, calendar and other fancy tools, thinking that it may complicate their lives instead of helping. But how about starting it small? You can maybe commence with a simple “to do” list in your phone or paper agenda. It doesn’t need necessarily to be in order of accomplishments, but a simple list of things you know you want to get rid of. Once you start crossing the task out on that note, you’ll start feeling lighter, like taking a weight out of your shoulders. Not only that, but you will also feel you had an amazing productive day, and that feeling is priceless! Trust me!
After you started with the to do list you can also think about assigning responsibilities to everyone in the house to help you with the tasks. Let’s remember we’re not super heroes and if there are more people living in the house, it is really important to engage them in the activities as well, especially the kids, as it will teach them the responsibilities of what is to have and maintain a house.
Something positive to have in mind and to push and adapt you to a new “procrastination avoidance system” is to think about the free time you will have, with an unspeakable guilty free sensation, that’s how I like to call it. Another piece of advice that I always practice with my to do’s is to start doing the task you least enjoy doing it, so the other tasks will be easier and faster.
Last but not least, don’t be afraid of admitting your procrastination. That will be for sure the first step to change your procrastination mode.