Procrastinating has taken over at our home. Earlier this year, we cleaned out my Mom’s home. Some of the items were things that I chose from the estate to add to our own home. We are storing furniture in the lower level of our home for our boys. They will take it with them when they move into their own homes later this year. There are also files and memory boxes that we will need to sort through eventually. There are more items that have been added to our already long to-do list and it has become overwhelming.
When you are overwhelmed, it is easy to procrastinate. There are always other things that need to be done, and it’s easy to put off the things that are just waiting for you to take care of them. How can you get things done when you feel like procrastinating?
Make a List
No, it’s not the neverending to-do list that you normally keep. Make this a short list of the items that need to be completed. Keep this list to only two to three items. You don’t want to be overwhelmed by the length of the list. Number the items according to the order of importance that you want to complete them.
Tackle One Thing at a Time
It’s important to focus on one item at a time. Start with item number one and once that is complete, you can think about completing item number two. It’s easy to want to get everything done at one time. Realistically, though, we know that isn’t going to happen. It’s better to focus on one task at a time rather than spreading ourselves too thin by tackling everything at once.
Break Things Down Into Manageable Steps
Once you have determined what task, to begin with, you need to break that task down into manageable steps. Procrastinating takes place when the steps are too large to handle and you don’t feel like you have the time to complete what you have set out to do. Consider the amount of time that you have to complete each part of the task, and plan accordingly.
Celebrate Your Progress
Even if your progress is a small victory, take the time the to celebrate it. Indulge in some me-time whether it’s just relaxing or spending time doing something that you love. This not only rewards your efforts, it also helps to motivate you to continue.
It is easy to procrastinate when you are overwhelmed. Instead of putting things off, make a list of what needs to be done, choose one item to complete, and break that item down into manageable steps. You’ll feel so much better when your list of items is complete instead of hanging over you.
Until next time,