Perfecting the art of putting things off!

We are pretty confident that we are not the only ones who have spent a few hours on Pinterest, bingeing on Netflix or shopping online when we have a list of things we need to do. When we were talking about topics we wanted to explore this season, the topic of procrastination resonated with both of us. We knew it would with you as well.

Whether you are 'get stuff done' person like Jo-Anne or a 'have fun first' person like Sandy, you probably have some area in your life you avoid until you have to do deal with it.  Why is that?  

In this week's episode we talk about what we have learned about procrastination. We wondered where the word came from and here is the etymology:

First used in 1540s, from Middle French procrastination and directly from Latin procrastinationem  "a putting off from day to day, put off till tomorrow, defer, delay," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + crastinus "belonging to tomorrow," from cras "tomorrow," of unknown origin. (Sources: http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=procrastination)

Interesting! When we put something off we are really borrowing from tomorrow.

We all put off different things and for different reasons.  It may be multi-step projects that seem overwhelming, difficult conversations, filing our taxes, routine chores or _________ (fill in the blank!). 

So how can we deal with procrastination?

1. Reflect on what the root cause of your avoidance. Is it fear? A lack of confidence? Explore why you are putting something off.
2. Become aware of where you procrastinate. You might need feedback from the people around you. Ask them - "What do I keep saying I am going to do and never do?"
3. Put some strategies in place to help you move forward. Some that have helped us include:

  • Use a paper planner- write out your week it makes it harder to ignore that you haven’t done it.
  • Schedule recurring tasks for routine tasks you procrastinate on.
  • Schedule your to do list.
  • Create a process - Jo-Anne shared her income tax strategy
  • Engage help from someone - Relationships!  Find an accountability partner.
  • Create habits that support doing the things you want to do.
  • Add consequences or become aware of the consequences of not doing things

4. Reframe: You are as important as other people. Don’t let yourself down by not doing the things that are important for you.
5. Realign: Why are these items or commitments even on your list? Do you have to do them? Feel like you should do them? Want to do them?  Change your decision right now if you are doing things that do not align with your purpose/commitment/goals!

Add your strategies to our Facebook or Instagram page. We want to hear from you! 

Have a great week. We hope you'll be checking things off your list and feeling the relief and energy that comes from getting the things done that you have been putting off. Let go of the rest.

Thanks for being part of our community,

Jo-Anne & Sandy x

To learn more about Sandy’s business, visit www.sandyreynolds.com

To learn more about Jo-Anne’s business, visit www.couragetolead.ca