You don’t have to feel guilty when you put off doing the ton of items that you’d like to accomplish and can’t seem to get done.
It may be that you have changed your priorities and are focusing on more important tasks, neglecting items that don’t hold an important value in the bigger scheme of things. You may also be overwhelmed at the enormousness of the task and give up, rather than breaking it into smaller time segments to get it done.
Either way, you will free up much needed mental space once you identify which category your “to-do” list item should fall into. You will also find that you are free from excess mental clutter and open up more time and energy to accomplish the things that you truly value.
Sometimes becoming more organized can do wonders for procrastination. So to help with procrastination, you may find it helpful to address each thing on your to-do list by making an intentional choice to either:
- Do it: Put it on your calendar and block out time to accomplish the task. Treat the item as you would an actual health appointment because you are gaining healthy progress in your quest to remove it from your list!
- Delay it: Decide when you will accomplish a specific task and put it on your “to-do list” with a specific time period where you will be able to do it. It may be you need more information or planning before you are able to actually accomplish this task, so don’t worry if you are not able to get to it now.
- Delete it: Remove it completely from your list of things to do, if you don’t remember why it’s on there to begin with or you don’t see a benefit in having it done. Let it go!
It may not be rocket science, but this simple strategy may help you in your battle against procrastination. Or, at the very least, it may be a start…
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Bogdanos, M. (2013). A Simple Strategy to Help You Stop Procrastinating. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 9, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2013/03/07/a-simple-strategy-to-help-you-stop-procrastinating/