Procrastination, part deux

  

  
Yesterday, I wrote about some of the reasons I procrastinate. Judging from your feedback, I am not the only one. I’d suggest we form a support group, but we’d probably never get around to meeting…. 

I did a little research but found little that was helpful. Meditation, cute little posters and positive self-talk? Blah, blah, blah. To me, that sounds like more ways to put off getting things done! Instead, let’s look at some practical things we can do to help ourselves.
  
Make a list. This helps me focus on what really needs to happen. If you do it the night before, you’ll avoid following some whim in the morning. Like this: “Ooooo! There’s a Law & Order marathon on today! But wait – My calendar says I need to grocery shop or there will be no food for the weekend, when the family is coming for dinner.”
Plan rewards. Make that trip to the grocery store and pick up something for lunch. Put everything away and then kick back with lunch and catch one rerun of Benson & Stabler.
Do not multi-task. This is an invitation to procrastinate because it creates distraction from the thing you really want to check off your list. Concentrate on one task at a time and complete it before starting another. 
Do the big task first. If I dilly-dally over several small things but avoid something important, I’m going to feel dissatisfied at the end of the day. However, if I accomplish the big job, I have a sense of accomplishment and I’m usually motivated to do the rest. 
Just get started! The longer I put something off, the harder it is to do. (If I can move it from today’s list to tomorrow’s, then it can’t be that important!) On the other hand, I know that, once I get started, I’ll get into it and enjoy myself. Yesterday, I was procrastinating about practicing the fiddle. Finally, I made a deal with myself to practice for thirty minutes. I ended up playing for two-and-a-half hours! 
Let go of the guilt! Some days are easier than others. We’re not perfect, after all. If you give in to binge-watching Law & Order today, vow to do better tomorrow. Don’t let it throw you off course! Progress is still possible and a much better goal than perfection!

  

Monday thru Friday, the very top of my list says “blog” and that’s usually what I do, with my second cup of coffee (You wouldn’t want to see any thoughts that might emerge before caffeine!) I am proud to report that it has been working for nearly three months. Now that I can check it off today’s list…

Now, Where’s the tv remote….
  

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