I am guilty of arriving late, delaying task and doing things at the last minute, I am a big procrastinator, I recently realized that it is just the way my brain works. Unfortunately, living a procrastinator’s life can rise stress levels. Since I am trying to reduce stress I need to get a grip on my procrastination. I have learned that writing down what I need to do helps me to organize my tasks. It also feels good to cross a task off of the list once I’ve completed it. Writing down a to do list provides a little more motivation, visually seeing what I have already accomplished and what is left to do helps to increase focus.
Tips for organizing tasks and getting them done
- Write down what you need to do or accomplish
- Set up a time limit; day, week, month etc…
- Keep your list in a place where you know you will see it. For example; taped to the front door, refrigerator, bathroom mirror, car dashboard or any place where you know you will see it on a regular basis.
Now when it comes to doing things last minute I am still guilty, but they are little tricks that help me to either be on time or not have to rush at the last minute.
Tips for procrastination
- Prepare in advance for things like outfits and shoes, pack or layout what you will need in advance and place items where they are easy to get to
- Give yourself a deadline and stick to it
- Keep up with time, I need to look at a clock every few minutes or so, it’s amazing how time flies when you need to get something done
Stress is hard on your health, mental and physical. Constant stress can lead to depression, anxiety, weight gain, high blood pressure and other health issues. Stress can cause headaches, weight gain, lack of focus and decrease productivity in your life. Reducing procrastinating behavior is one way to reduce stress. Other stress reducing activities are; exercise, yoga, meditation, massages, journaling and breathing exercises. Reducing stress alone will contribute to weight loss and improved immune system, so start making your mental health a priority now, don’t procrastinate!