I recently shared in this post how procrastination almost cost the life of one of our chickens. Even though procrastinating doesn’t always result in such obvious problems, it always costs us something. Many times it is unnecessary stress, wasted mental energy, or strained relationships. We’ve all spent days with that feeling of dread looming over our heads or snapped at our kids because we were in a time-crunch to do something we should have completed weeks ago. That’s why it’s essential that we overcome procrastination.
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I get it. We’re all busy. We always have more stuff to do than time to do it. But, if we would just take the extra time to do that stuff, it would relieve a lot of the stress in our lives.
Here are my favorite tips for overcoming procrastination:
- Consider the cost. What problems could be caused by putting this off? What can be gained by doing it immediately?
- Avoid committing to stuff that you know you will dread. Yes, we all have to do some things that we don’t like, but how many times do you commit yourself to something simply because you are afraid to say no? Consider how much time and energy a project will take before you give it your “yes.” Jon Acuff says it like this: “The word yes is very expensive. You only have a few opportunities to spend it every day. Don’t waste it on situations that deserve to hear the word no.”
- Practice “doing it now.” We are constantly teaching our kids (and ourselves) to not walk past something that needs to be done. No, that piece of trash left on the ground will not end in tragedy. However, by picking it up immediately, you are developing the good habit of not putting stuff off until later.
- Be honest with yourself about how long something will take. So many times, I put something off for WEEKS–only to find out that once I got started, it only took me 10 minutes. I could have saved myself a lot of stress and mental energy if I had just done it!
- Just get started! Getting started is usually the hardest step.
I hope these tips help you overcome procrastination and get stuff done! Do you struggle with procrastination? What are your favorite ways to overcome procrastination?
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