Saturday, August 1, 2015

10 Signs You Might Be a Procrastinator

Procrastination can get in the way of so many things, especially when it comes to achieving your life goals. Here are 10 signs that you might be a procrastinator and what you can do about it.

1. You are reluctant to get out of bed

Morning comes, your alarm goes off, and what do you do? Hit the snooze button. Do what others have done and set your alarm across the room so that you have to get up out of bed to turn it off. Also, tell yourself that once you are out of bed, it is time to prepare for a new day. Don’t allow yourself to crawl back into bed.

2. You find excuses to not do work

There’s work and then there’s busy work. Many people will turn to busy work in order to avoid real work. Writers, for example, may turn to housecleaning as a way to avoid writing. One trick to overcome this is to use the Pomodoro Technique of working for a solid 25 minutes and then giving yourself a 5 minute break to do something else. This means that if you desperately want to do some busy work, like cleaning off the windows, you will first work for 25 minutes and then work on the windows during the 5 minute breaks.

3. You don’t finish what you’ve started

You love starting new projects, but you never finish any of the projects you’ve started. Make a new rule for yourself. You can start a new project only after you have finished off two old projects. After you have gotten caught up with past projects, continue to only allow yourself to start and work on one project at a time.

4. You’re always late for appointments

Procrastinators put things off until the last possible moment and they are constantly late. Instead of dragging your feet through life, buy a day planner and create a daily schedule for yourself. Keep to your schedule by including preparation time (getting ready to go to an appointment) and afterwards time (time after the appointment that you will need to prepare for the next task or appointment).

5. Your workspace is a mess

You don’t feel like cleaning. You don’t feel like working. You don’t feel like doing much of anything. Break the vicious cycle and spend an hour (time yourself) cleaning up your workspace. A cleaner workspace can improve your productivity and it will certainly make you feel better about yourself.

6. You’re always stressed

You’ve got so much to do and you never seem to get any of it done. That’s because you have been putting things off and it is causing you too much stress. Instead of being constantly stressed, write down everything that needs to get done. Create a daily to do list for yourself and begin tackling the things that have been bothering you.

7. You spend a lot of time daydreaming

There’s a difference between daydreaming too much and daydreaming as a creative exercise - it’s what you do after you are done with the daydream. If you find yourself daydreaming the days away and not getting anything done, you are a procrastinator. Break free of constant daydreaming by taking action. If you are daydreaming about a story, start writing. Art? Start painting. A business idea? Start working.

8. If it’s not easy, forget it

Procrastinators have no problem doing the easy stuff. It’s the hard stuff they can’t find the motivation to tackle. Go back to my earlier suggestion of creating a daily to do list. If any of the tasks seem too hard, break the task down into smaller, easier steps and start tackling the easy steps, one by one.

9. Facebook fiend

If you’d rather check to see if anyone liked your Facebook post than do your work, you’re a procrastinator. Schedule time for Facebook. If you decide to only allow yourself 30 minutes a day on social media, spread it out over the day in six 5 minute breaks. Set a timer and don’t allow yourself to go over your allotted time limit.

10. Always making up excuses

You have a back stock of excuses for why you can’t do something or you often find yourself trying to make up an excuse for yourself. Stop with the excuses and take on a can-do attitude.

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