14 Ways to Avoid Procrastination

14 ways to stop procrastination  - stop procrastinating and learn how to be more organised

I’ve often referred to myself as the Queen of Procrastination. It has been a problem that began in early adulthood – finding anything and everything I possibly could do instead of something that was important, effectively becoming extremely proficient at doing nothing. Don’t believe me? Here’s how I regularly wasted my time when a deadline was looming.

My procrastination was always at its worst when:

  • I knew that a task wouldn’t be an easy or short process.
  • I found something difficult.
  • I was rebelling against something or someone because I don’t like being told what to do, even if the person telling me to do something was myself.
  • I had to go through the process of learning something new before I even began.
  • I found it boring and/or monotonous, making it become a chore.
  • I wasn’t under pressure with an impending deadline and/or wasn’t accountable to anyone else. 
  • I was frightened of failing. 

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The Queen Of Procrastination

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If I had a middle name, it would be ‘procrastination.’ I am the queen of finding alternative things to do despite knowing that important work needs to be completed.
A few months ago I set myself a ’90 Day Procrastination Challenge.’ I failed miserably. I set myself another challenge at the beginning of the summer, and while I am a little more successful this time around in my attempt to get organised, I still could have done far more. This is my current list of important things that I should be doing:
1. Marking and planning.
2. Organising and de-cluttering my possessions.
3. House – hunting.
4. Exercising and losing weight.
Granted, I have done SOME of this, but I find that I am doing these activities instead:
1. Socialising.
2. Blogging.
3. Editing photographs.
4. Playing with the cats.
5. Sleeping.
6. Watching Jeremy Kyle (UK talk show similar to Jerry Springer, without the fighting).
7. Blogging.
8. Scrap booking.
9. Travelling.
10. Blogging.
My reasons?
1. I’m lazy.
2. The tasks that need completing don’t interest me.
3. I enjoy writing more than exercising.
4. I enjoy scrap booking more than marking.
5. I enjoy watching TV more than cleaning.
6. I enjoy catching up with my friends more than any of it.
I make promises to myself, I avoid them and then get stressed and upset when I have to complete a task in a tenth of the time I originally had. I’ve lost sleep worrying about incomplete tasks that are due the following day. I’ll panic, rush to finish something, swear to myself that I’ll never do it again, and repeat the same process later on.
So, with two weeks to go before I have to go back to work, will I get it all done? I’ll start it now. Ooh, Zorro’s on – I’ll start it after that. Actually, maybe after Sunday lunch – me and The Bloke haven’t had one of those in ages…