I have been a terrible procrastinator for most of my life. I was always down to the wire with school projects, deadlines, and just any sort of chore in general. I can’t tell you how quickly I can make a house look somewhat presentable before guests arrive. My procrastinating ways have caught up with me more than once though.
When you put something off long enough, it’s easy to forget it’s even there. Where I once used to be rewarded for my bad procrastinating behavior, which made me overly confident, I now find I suffer the consequences more often than not.
So, if you have the habit of being a procrastinator, what are the best ways to get out of it?
1. Prioritize Your Tasks
The largest, most important tasks have to be the ones you take care of first. You can then tackle the smaller, more menial ones later on.
2. Schedule Your Day
Writing out a daily to-do or task list, in a way that allows you to do your most important task at your most optimal point of day is a great way to get stuff done. When you’re at your best, you’re more likely to finish a task that might otherwise feel draining.
3. Treat Yourself
You did it! You completed a task! Go watch 30 minutes of television, or have a snack. Do something to reward yourself for your good behavior. But don’t drag out your rewards. That defeats the purpose.