How to Overcome Procrastination

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I’ll Do it Tomorrow by Stephanie Nickel

Please excuse me while I do a little self-reflection. Who knows? You may even be able to relate.

Since coming back from holidays, the following items have been on my I’ll Do It Tomorrow List:

  • I’ll stop watching so much TV.
  • I’ll stop checking email and Facebook constantly.
  • I’ll start the day with prayer, Bible study, and exercise.
  • I’ll prepare a meal plan—and stick to it.
  • I’ll get back to editing and writing daily.
  • I’ll stop waiting for inspiration and devote myself to the creative task at hand as I would any other.
  • I’ll stop giving in to my adult ADD tendencies.

And here is how I intend to go about making Monday my Tomorrow:

  • Start each day with prayer, Bible study, exercise, and a healthy breakfast.
  • Put out meat to thaw in the morning.
  • Check email and social networks before I start work, during my lunch break, and after my workday is over.
  • Devote each day to one or two paying projects.
  • Write a devotional for HopeStreamRadio and one or two blog posts each day. Scatter these projects throughout the day after I’ve completed one- or two-hour sessions on a paying project.
  • Read either fiction or nonfiction 30-60 minutes each day.
  • Cross something off my Procrastination List each week.
  • Watch TV only with my family. Watch only one episode of Switched at Birth each day.
  • Odd as it may sound, I must also practice stillness. It seems my thoughts are always flitting from one to the next to the next. Too often this means I leave a project undone. I don’t always have to be doing something, but when I am, I must be disciplined enough to stick with it.

How You Can Make Today Your Tomorrow

  • Create a list of priorities.
  • As much as possible, plan your To Do List to reflect those priorities.
  • Whenever possible, complete the day’s tasks in order of priority. If that isn’t possible, at least do so in order of importance. Sometimes an externally imposed responsibility (i.e.: a project for work) or an unforeseen circumstance can reprioritize your day.
  • Be willing to do a little self-reflection of your own. Too much can make us self-centred and that’s not a good thing. But too little and we’ll just keep plugging along without any real sense of direction or accomplishment.

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Stephanie Nickel

 

Steph Beth Nickel is an author, a freelance editor and writer, a labour doula, and a former personal trainer. She’d love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter, on her website or blog.

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3 thoughts on “How to Overcome Procrastination

  1. Good news! A month after my son’s wedding (and a couple of weeks after returning home from the UK), I’m finally developing some good habits in the above areas. Please pray that I will continue to begin each weekday with a prayer walk and time in God’s Word. When I do, I am able to accomplish more and have a much greater sense of peace and accomplishment at the end of the day. Besides, it’s the right thing to do. I’ve known that from w-a-y back. Have a most blessed day, all!

  2. Oh Stephanie,
    This is me for sure. But I like what you have put before you. Except one thing – leave room for the Holy Spirit to make interruptions and distractions. They can be life changing for you or someone else.
    Blessings,
    Janis

    • I absolutely agree. We must be open to the Holy Spirit’s guidance. That is one of the main reasons I find it so important to start my day with prayer and Bible reading, to tune my ear to Him.

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