How to Defeat Procrastination Once and For All!

Defeat Procrastination

Procrastination is a formidable foe that defeats many mothers. We allow fear, doubt, and excuses to keep us from getting projects done. Often the go to remedy is waiting till the last minute, when delay is no longer an option. The stress and anxiety are not worth it, and the result is crappy work. The victims tend to be our families and those closest to us. While there is no secret formula or spell that will magically get things done, the below tips will help you defeat procrastination:

Just get started

Ironically enough the best tactic for beating procrastination is to begin working. The smallest step, followed by another, can put you on the path towards getting the project done.

Listen to music

Music you enjoy can take your mind off the task and should allow you to get moving and make progress.

Think about being done

Thinking of the finish line can create motivation and drive enough to get you going.

Do the easiest part first

Worrying about the hardest pieces won’t help, so start small and work your way through.

Talk yourself through each step

Often the inner voice in us keeps us from doing anything. Turn that inner voice around and have it narrate what you are doing. Before you know it you are well on your way.

Have a reward in mind for finishing

Give yourself extra incentive. A desert food, desired item, or some entertainment can serve as motivation.

The worst thing you can do is allow procrastination to rule over you. You will find a large weight lifted as you get tasks done. The key is to get started today.

If you want to know more about the study of Procrastination, take a look at the informative article by Shirley S. Wang from the Wall Street Journal or the thought provoking article by Olga Khazan from the Atlantic. Don’t use them as another form of procrastination, though.

To help you defeat procrastination I’m going to send you a handy, easy to carry Infographic, the same one I use to help me everyday. Make multiple copies and refer to it when you need a little push. It will also appear below so you can print a copy immediately (Make sure to also check your email).

P.S. If you want some other quotes to reference please check out this great list by Duccio Manfredi

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Miranda dreams of Rving across the country with her family and her 2 crazy little dogs – unless she’s swamped being a working mother and helping other moms with practical wisdom she has learned from over 2 decades raising a family. A teen mom, single mom, stay at home mom, working mom, she’s been there done that.

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Comments

  1. The other side of ‘Procrastination’ – When you know that you can do it But you put if off Because by doing it early you will get No internal satisfaction – you keep putting it off until the very last day/minute Because then in your mind You have proven to those that You can do it And what you get internally is that High – that Satisfaction that You have shown others that you can accomplish it with no problem.

    It took me years to realize that I’m not proving anything to anybody But could be putting myself in a bind – I also had to realize that that High I wanted was not needed – so I learned to do things as they came do which allowed me to complete things as they needed to be done.

    • Thank you for your comment,
      Great point. I think there is more to that “stress high” than just proving things to others. I think there are people that feel they do their best work under pressure.
      The relief of stress that comes from finishing a project is great. In some people it produces “euphoria”.
      I think that the downsides that come from never getting things done or doing shitty work because I am rushed far outweigh anything positive. The mood in my house when Momma’s under the gun are not pleasant. The kids and my husband know to back off. I hate that this is the case, which is why I have worked to do better. I am constantly reminding myself to schedule things so they get done and then commit to do them. This is why I wrote the article as I know many people are in the same boat as me.
      Thank you for visiting MirandaGirlDesigns. Please share any articles of mine as I put alot of care into writing them.

      Check back again as I hope to have some other meaningful writing done.

      Miranda

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