When You Procrastinate

black guy procrastinating

When I woke up this morning, my mind was in overdrive. I was thinking about all of the things I needed to do, the projects I was committed to finishing or starting and the work left out on my desk vying for my attention. It’s not that I’m in so much of a demand or and that I’m sought after for hourly advice of wisdoms from my clients. It’s because I’ve resorted to that same ole negative thorn that’s been piercing my productivity backside for years- Procrastination.

If you’ve been doing what I find myself doing lately, “waiting for my tomorrows” then, this message of how to kick time suck in the butt was written with you in mind. If you’re putting off using your unique gifts, those blessings of favor in whatever mission you’ve been chosen to do, you are just taking up space and not being the person you were meant to be. In order to become the victor in this age old dilemma, there are a few time management skills you have to develop as a personal timetable for getting back on track. How you set forth your personal calendar for getting the work done in a timely and efficient manner should start with:

  1. How you feel- the best time to put forth effort on a task starts with your energy level. When you’re feeling most productive, as opposed to when you’re merely doing the work called for because you’re tired, disinterested, and just want to get it over with. When you suffer, your work suffers.
  2. Tackling the small stuff first- I’m one of those people who always wanted to get the ‘big’ stuff out of the way, knowing the small stuff would be a breeze. Well, this wasn’t working for me. I was doing it all wrong. Because when I finished big, I was “‘finished” and leaving huge gaps of time in my day to just troll social media or watch my favorite talk shows.
  3. Make a list- Don’t you love it when a plan comes together? Well, that plan usually begins with a list of what you want to accomplish. When you plan your daily to-do list, you track your productivity and actually get to see how much your effort has paid off.
  4. Time- Management- we have friends, family and loving relationships that demand our attention and we’re so thankful we have people in our lives who love us.  But, those same people have to realize that we have a business that will take us out of the loop of socializing at designated times of the day. Our loved ones should be our biggest supporters and after a few loving, but, firm reminders, they will get the message.
  5. “Me” time- In 2006, I wrote an article about needing some ‘me’ time after reading another article advising women to take time out to reconnect to themselves. Spend quality time to rejoice and rejuvenate your woman self however you want; out with the girls for chit-chat, soaking in a tub of Calgon bath beads or reading a good book- whatever you want to do in those moments of being- do you. Calling a time out for a bit of self-love will leave you reawakening to the miracle of your passion and purpose.

Whatever your reason for having procrastinated in the past; this is the time make a change. Hopefully, you’re gleaned a few pearls of wisdom from this post or at the very least, been encouraged to tackle what looks like procrastination in your life, head on and nip it in the bud.

Peace & Blessings,

Clara.

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