To procrastinate means to put off doing a task…for no good reason. The last phrase, “for no good reason,” is the key, because there are sometimes excellent reasons for putting off a certain task. In fact, deciding to do one thing before another is what prioritizing is all about. However, if you have organized your “To Do” list and are having trouble working through it in priority order, then procrastination may be the problem. If that’s the case, try these ideas.
- Persuade yourself – Convince yourself that the task is worth doing.
- Challenge your excuses – for putting the assignment off.
- Counterattack – Forcing yourself to do something uncomfortable or frightening helps to prove that it wasn’t so bad after all.
- Remove the reward -. Don’t let procrastination be a pleasant experience.
- Write a contract – Make a written promise to yourself that states a goal and includes a reward for accomplishing the goal.
- Jog your memory – Signify important items on your “to do” list with a red star.
- Divide and conquer – Break big jobs into small pieces and complete on piece every day.
- Discipline yourself – for five minutes. If you really don’t want to do a project, promise yourself that you’ll work on it for five minutes.
- Develop a routine – Schedule frequent tasks for regular times.
- Post a chart – and make sure you can see it. Give yourself a gold star for each task completed in priority order and a red minus for any you miss.
Adapted from Practical Supervision