How often do you end your week or day without one item checked as completed on your "to-do" list? Does your "to-do" list increase as oppose to decrease by week's end? Do you find yourself imaging how it would feel if you could just get it all done for once! Do you continue to tell yourself that you will do it tomorrow only to realize that two weeks have passed and you are still putting it off until someday in the near future? If you answered yes to all the questions above, you are a Procrastinator. Yes, it is difficult to accept that you have become a member of the Procrastinator Club without formally submitting your membership application. It's easy to join, just continue to put off everything that needs to be done until infinity. However, there is still hope; you can cancel your membership as easily as you joined. You need only change your habit of putting off tasks and start to take action daily. Here's how in three simple steps:
Plan Your Day
Never start your day aimlessly without a clear, written plan of what must be done. In order to devise your plan, write down your projects and the necessary tasks needed to complete the project. Once you have decided what needs to be done, and you have compiled a list of the tasks needed to complete the project, began to prioritize the list. Decide which task should be completed first, second, third and so on. Now use your prioritized list and block time in your schedule to complete those tasks. Realistically, your tasks will need more than one day to complete so only block time for tasks that can be completed on that day. Never overwhelm yourself by trying to complete everything at once, remember Rome was not built in a day neither will your project be completed in a day so schedule tasks throughout the week in accordance to deadlines. Plan your day the night before or as your first activity in the morning.
Each task must have a deadline in order to assure that the project meets its overall deadline. Deadlines set for each task, act as a measuring tool to chart progress, it helps maintain focus and it allows you to see accomplished results with each step towards the completion of the project. It is a best practice to create self-imposed deadlines on projects about two to three days prior to the actual deadline to allow for any unforeseen emergencies or circumstances or to review for editing, corrections, etc.
Start With The Hardest Task First
Always start with the most difficult task first especially at the time of day when you are most productive. Completing the most difficult task first, will allow you to avoid putting it off or procrastinating, and it will allow you to not fill your day with worthless tasks that will not get you to your planned goal. Putting off difficult tasks will cause you stress and will hang over your head throughout the day like a dark cloud until it is completed. If the difficult task is completed first, imagine the boost of self-confidence and the feeling of accomplishment.
If you make these 3 simple adjustments to your schedule: Plan Your Day Daily; Set Deadlines and Start with the Hardest Task First, you will immediately begin to see improvements in your productivity and you will abolish procrastination with little effort.