Today on This ORGANIZED Life we are kicking off a series called UNPACKING THE 5 CLUTTER PITFALLS, starting with #1: PROCRASTINATION.
Over the next several weeks we’ll be taking a deep dive into the 5 key areas that stand in our way of progress:
Procrastination is defined as a habitual or intentional delay of starting or finishing a task despite knowing it might have negative consequences.
- WHY do we feel the need to procrastinate in the first place?
- Boring (other things you’d rather be doing)
- Overwhelmed (too many other things going on to focus on the task at hand, or it seems like a mountain)
- Lack of understanding (uncertainty)
- HOW do we procrastinate?
- Busy work (social media, TV, focusing on less important tasks)
- Pretend it doesn’t exist (shut the door and walk away)
- Pass the buck (wait or hope for someone else to do it first-think laundry, dishes, etc)
- WHAT can we do to reduce the urge to procrastinate?
- Prioritize: Make it an appointment
- Break it up into manageable chunks (20 min)
- Identify your triggers:
- Are you trying to do a task when you are tired after a long day at work?
- Do you have too many distractions (i.e. little kids at home that constantly need you?)
- Are you trying to fit it in when you have “free time” rather than dedicate time to focus on this area?
- Do you not know what to do (how to approach it? What products to buy? )
- Do you need an accountability partner (someone to talk it through and give you permission to let go)
- Are you an obliger and need some outer accountability and struggle with keeping that appointment for yourself?
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WHAT CAN I DO?
→ Pick an area that you are struggling and commit to finishing it.
→ Give yourself a realistic deadline to complete it.
→ Get an accountability partner (to help you through).
→ Document your progress (and share with us!).
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