We're all guilty of it. Whether it's hitting the snooze alarm in the morning to avoid getting up and facing all the jobs of the day, or just plain saying "Oh I'll do that tomorrow". We all procrastinate. My favourite form of procrastination is to make to do lists or to 'tidy up' my files because it makes me feel like I'm doing something, even though I'm just killing time. But hang on, I'm meant to be helping you not giving you more tips on avoiding life's responsibilities.
Sometimes life can feel overwhelming, the average Joe has so many responsibilities it's amazing our heads aren't spinning along with all those plates. It becomes all too easy to try and hide away, find some other little thing to do instead of facing up to the real task at hand. I'm so guilty of it, I procrastinated for a year. Yes, an entire year. And do you know where that got me? A year behind on my goals. You really don't need to be a rocket scientists to read this blog.
Whilst it's oh so tempting to procrastinate, all it does is stop us from living our lives and prevent us from achieving what we want from life. I paused studying to be an Image Consultant for a whole year, and whilst I had some good reasons for this, I do wonder from time to time, where could I be now if I hadn't done that? How much more successful could I be at this point? I don't live with a huge regret for this but at the same time it's something to think about.
One of the best ways to overcome procrastination is to identify the what and why. What are you putting off, and why the hell are you getting in your own way? If you can take a moment to reflect on this, and really think about what the outcome will be from this procrastination. Is it as simple as the dishes not getting done today. Ok, I'm sure everyone will cope. Or, is it not preparing for that big interview? What impact is that going to have on your life?
Another little tip I find really useful is a good old to do list. You can record this in anyway you want, on your computer, an app on your phone, or kick it old school like me with pen and paper. Being prepared for the day put's you that one step closer to completing your tasks and I cannot tell you how satisfying it feels to cross something off that list. Unless, you already keep a to do list then you're already aware of the dizzying thrills it brings.
Please remember though, don't beat yourself up about it if you do procrastinate. Nobody's perfect. Throughout writing this I keep picking up my phone and just look at it, willing a message to come through to bring a little bit of distraction. It's only going to make yourself feel 100% worse if you blame yourself for procrastinating. Just take it as another life lesson, but do make sure you actually learn from it. We're all on a journey of self improvement and so long as we do take the time to reflect and change, then you're headed in the right direction.
Now, for those of you who are reading this to procrastinate, go on now, back to it! There's no time like the present, why put off for tomorrow what can be done today (insert other annoying life quotes).