Procrastination affects even the most linear thinking right brain people (professional organizers!) and there are strategies to help you make simple shifts to change. Sometimes procrastination can take on a life of its own. It brings on worry, depression, regret, and stress and has the power to reduce people’s ability to function normally. The first step in moving forward it recognizing what is most difficult about productivity or the task itself. Is it the spot where you work? Is it the work itself? Is it working by yourself? Here are some ways to get started thinking about procrastinating.
Set up a distraction free, reminder rich environment. Think through where you work best with an appropriate chair, desk and space. Do you need soft music, good lighting, or any other options? Is your space in your home or out? Reminders can take the form of post it notes, 3X5 cards, or a task list on your PDA.
Establish priorities. You may be busy with low priority tasks, for example pruning the hedges instead of working on your presentation that is due the next day! Prioritizing is the first step to being more effective day to day. Part of prioritizing is making manageable, short lists with a “do-able number” to ensure success.
Commit to what is important by slotting tasks on a calendar. This sounds simple but this exercise cements the task in your mind which is important when you struggle with focus and time. Set “mini deadlines” and add rewards to keep you moving toward your goals by delaying gratification until completion.
Sometimes it takes more than the space or time to complete a task. Find a partner to discuss the steps and be accountable to completing. Accountability can be done with texting, telephone or a quick email. Loving accountability makes you more successful.
So what do professional organizes procrastinate about? For me it was being the committee chair of a national committee. Once I had calendared the dates for significant events, committed to working on baby steps in the process, and finding partners that helped me in the process, it all proceeded well.
What do you procrastinate about?
Have you uncovered the cause?