Procrastination isn’t confined to the workplace; we have the ability to procrastinate in all areas of our lives and i’ve come across certain individuals who have indeed cracked their procrastination habit at work, because they’re forced to. But when left to their own devices, are unable to successfully overcome procrastion at home. Procrastination is defined as the act of deliberately choosing not to complete an important task in order to do something else. Common reasons for procrastination at home include:
- Feeling overly tired from working at your job
- Being tempted by outside distractions unrelated to the task
- Feeling uncertain how to begin a big, overwhelming task
- Not realizing the importance of a task and the consequences if it remains undone
Over time, it becomes easier for most of us to continue putting things off. Eventually, we may develop a habit that’s difficult to break.
Follow these simple tips to overcome procrastination at home:
1. Plan tasks around your energy levels. If you frequently put off household chores because you’re too exhausted after a long day at work, take time to plan your day and week so you can effectively manage your time.
- For example, avoid planning to mow your lawn in the late afternoon after work if you know you’ll be too tired to complete the task at that time. Plan to do labour intensive chores on one of your days off, so that you’re well-rested and able to get it done.
- Learn to delegate tasks to other family members that are less busy if it’s something that can’t wait until you have a lighter work load.
- If a family member is unable to step in and share the load, consider hiring someone else to help you with household tasks.
2. Eliminate outside distractions so you can focus on the task at hand. Wage a war on temptation!
- Set aside a specific time for your task. Cut off your TV, avoid checking your social media and email, and have your phone go directly to voicemail to help eliminate some common distractions. Let others know that you’ll be unavailable during this scheduled time so you can fully focus on completing the task at hand.
- If you have other responsibilities, such as children, take some steps to ensure that a friend, family member, or other caregiver, can watch the kids during this time to avoid being interrupted.
3. Break large or complicated tasks into smaller objectives. When you view your task as a series of smaller goals, you’ll feel less overwhelmed. Then, you’ll be less likely to procrastinate as you make progress towards completing the task.
- There’s no reason to be afraid or embarrassed if you need to ask for help. If you find that a task still seems too large or overwhelming after you break it up into a series of smaller steps, consider bringing in outside help for the more difficult parts.
4. Think of the consequences. We’ve all heard the old saying that “hindsight has 20/20 vision,” and this adage is certainly true when it comes to procrastination.
- You can overcome procrastination at home if you consider the consequences beforehand. Often times, the act of procrastination isn’t worth the temporary joy or relief you might feel when you indulge in your desire to put off something important.
- Reminding yourself of the consequences can help you focus on the task at hand, especially if the consequences include a monetary loss or losing the respect of your family and friends.
Using these simple tricks will help you to overcome procrastination at home and get more done around the house and in the garden.
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Mike Gardner is The Time Doctor