National Procrastination Week
Did you know the first full week of March is National Procrastination Week? Yes, it's a thing. Seriously. To celebrate, I am now posting the blog I was supposed to do the first week of January. Kidding...sorta.
We all suffer from procrastination at one time or another. Some of us embrace procrastination like a cherished friend. We welcome it into our lives, indulge in it, and make excuses for ignoring our other obligations. After awhile, like the house guest that has overstayed his welcome, we look around and realize the party cannot continue and he needs to disappear. We are behind schedule, have forgotten appointments, and missed opportunities we may not be able to get back. It was fun while it lasted, but there's a mess to clean up and you're feeling guilty and completely overwhelmed. Now what?
There's a saying that the best way to finish something is to start. Begin by defining why you wish to accomplish something. It sounds simple, but many of us start with a list of things that need to be done. This list grows and becomes so long and discouraging that we invite procrastination for another visit. By defining the "why " of it all, the list of "what" you wish to accomplish has more value. It's a reminder of your goal when you get distracted or feel lazy. Once you know why you want to do something, then list what needs to be done to accomplish your goal. Think small steps. Some people like to break them into teeny steps and find it helpful to note the estimated amount of time it will take to complete. When you find yourself with some spare time, check the list and see what you can knock off.
For example, as Spring approaches we begin to look at the winter-ravaged yard awaiting our attention. It's an ugly brown/grey wet mess with soooo much to be done and not a lot of daylight after work. There are beds to be cleaned out, late winter pruning, debris on the lawn to be raked or picked up. Seek the opportunity to do a little each day. If you're standing outside waiting on the dog to finish, pluck a few young weeds or clip a bush or two. If your dog loves sticks, try to get him to collect them. Get the kids outside for a little fresh air. Little kids love to be helpful. And an added bonus: if you turn it into a game for them, you may become their favorite grown-up. Just 15-20 minutes a day during the week, will give you a much better chance at free time over the weekend.
So, as you indulge in celebrating National Procrastination Week, begin to formulate your recovery plan. The warmer months will be full of the potential for fun and relaxation. Get things done now. If you find you need a little assistance, contact Druffner Professional Organizing. We'd be happy to help.