As you know, we are doing a 7-part series on the book, 7 Habits of Happy Kids, by Sean Convey. This month we are focusing on Habit 3, Put First Things First. Now, we usually write to give tips and suggestions for kids, but what about adults? I used to be a terrible procrastinator, so I would love to share some brilliant tips I used. I learned to organize, prioritize and get those important things done first—then enjoy some fun time. These 5 brilliant tips helped me get rid of the title ‘procrastinator’!
5 Brilliant Tips To Help You
So, are you a procrastinator? Do you have so many tasks you don’t know where to begin? If so, then it’s time to admit you have a problem! Now, we won’t be going around the table and stating the obvious, but we need to start today! Prolonging doing what needs to be done will only make your list longer! Let’s start now before it too overwhelming and you utter the words, “I give up”.
Pick Your Battles
You have a long list of tasks but you’re having a hard time figuring out where to start. Choose one that will only take less than 5 minutes to complete. This way you’ve started somewhere and accomplished something. It will give a sense of hope that all of these tasks can be completed and it’s possible!
It’s a known fact that if you can forgive yourself for past procrastinating, you’re more likely to take action and get your current tasks started and finished. Say you’re sorry to yourself and move on. One tip that helps me when I’m too hard on myself is I make a list of things to be completed, then I prioritize them from the most important to least. I give myself enough time for each task then I don’t feel like I will be defeated if I try to get everything done at once. Learn to have self-compassion for yourself.
Make a Bet
This brilliant tip is great if you have a spouse who procrastinates just as much as you, or maybe more! Sometimes competing against one another makes it easier to get things done. Set up a contest between the two of you to see who can get more done on their list in a certain amount of time. The prizes could be things like dinner or a movie and the ‘loser’ must pay. Keep it fun! No sabotaging or cheating, after all your grownups!
Not to make you feel like a child, but rewarding yourself for getting tasks done can be a great incentive! I have a love for books, so after I got my list of tasks done for the week, I went to the bookstore and I bought a book I’d been wanting. You don’t have to do this every time, but allowing yourself to be rewarded for completing tasks without procrastinating is okay!
I now pronounce you a NON-PROCRASTINATOR! Take a bow!
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