Prone to Procrastination? Try this strategy!

Let’s be honest, we all have at least one (or ten) tasks that we should have knocked out days, weeks, or even months ago. 

Maybe it’s:

  • Going through the stack of mail that’s piled up on the corner of the desk.
  • Cleaning up your email inbox.
  • Or maybe it’s sticking to an exercise routine.

It’s silly, we know these things are tasks/routines we want to accomplish.  And if we just get them done, the payoff will be huge. 

But for some reason, we keep putting them off until later. 

I have three simple fixes that you can implement this week to help you take action and get them done. 

  • Strategy #1: if you have a to-do list, write down “15 minutes of [insert that task/habit you’ve neglected] here.  Now, all you have to do is commit to just 15 minutes of whatever you’ve been putting off. 
    • Set a timer for 15 minutes, remove as many distractions as you’re able to, and get to work. 
    • When the 15 minutes are up, maybe you’ve gotten into the groove, gained momentum, and have the time to keep going OR you stop, check off that 15 minutes on your list as complete, and tackle another 15 minutes again soon. 
    • Either way, you will likely feel a boost of confidence sticking to a commitment to yourself.  Those 15-minute-spurts absolutely add up!
  • Strategy #2: Maybe the task you’ve been putting off is decluttering the house. 
    • Decluttering the whole house can be an overwhelming thoughts to an already overwhelmed momma.  Sometimes the tasks we’re putting off are getting pushed to the side because they’re too big! 
    • Instead of the task being to declutter the whole house, how about you make a plan to achieve that goal by breaking it up into manageable chunks?  How about you make the task decluttering two drawers in your bathroom?  Or think of your own small chunk to tackle. 
    • Breaking up big, overwhelming goals can sometimes be just the breakthrough you need to get it done!
  • Strategy #3: Get support! I’m a big fan of the Eisenhower Matrix (check out my More Time for What Matters free email series HERE to learn more as I talk about it in the 3rd lesson). 
    • Quadrant 3 tasks are tasks to delegate.  Is the task you keep putting off something that actually doesn’t belong to you?  Is it organizing your husband’s drawers?  Is it going through your kid’s toys? 
    • Maybe you could hand off the entire task to someone else (someone who has had a larger role in creating the need for the task than you have), or could you work together as a team to tackle the task together? 
    • I like to tell our girls that ✨ teamwork makes the dream work✨ when we’re tackling our 10-minute family pickups, and we all get to experience the truth in that statement.

Try out one (or all) of the strategies above and let me know if that task makes its way off your procrastination list!  Celebrate any small efforts you take!  I’m rooting for you.

I help overwhelmed moms create sustainable rhythms and routines so that they can have more peace, purpose, and productivity. If you’re tired of the chaos in your day-to-day, book a FREE strategy call HERE.

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