If you are one to procrastinate constantly you may want to change this bad habit. It could affect how you are perceived, and people might even use it against you. It’s easy to get into this habit, and sometimes difficult to get out of it. When you procrastinate, you send a signal to others that you don’t care. People will tire of this and lose trust in you. They aren’t going to depend on you if they have to keep after you to get tasks completed. Use the following to curb your habit of procrastinating.
Make a to-do list. You may do this for work. But, do you also use a list for your personal life? If not, start using them now. Do it every day. When you get in the habit of creating a to-do list, it becomes easier to refer to the list. Of course, you need to do what is on that list. Otherwise, you are wasting time creating one. I challenge you to keep the list to ONLY things you can complete in one day. You may want to do a list for the week and then break it down to what you 3 things you can do in one day. Keep them simple at first. I don’t want this to do this to add to your stress and overwhelm you.
Sometimes, it will take several attempts before you start using it consistently. That’s okay. Just keep going until it becomes a routine. If you skip a day, pick up where you left off.
Prioritize the items on your list. If you fill your to-do list with twenty or more items, you are going to overwhelm yourself. You need to get the most important items completed first. Put those at the top of the list. Remember to carry over items that didn’t get done from the day before.
Create an online reminder using tools like Google Calendar, or something similar. Again, make sure the most important items come first. Ideally, the tool you use should be cloud based so you can access from anywhere and from any device. If you still procrastinate after creating a to-do list and a calendar, focus on what the consequences of not getting tasks are. If you don’t pay your bills online what’s will happen?