Does Procrastination Get The Best Of You?

We often go through our day-by-day routines and get so caught up in our daily lives and the distractions that surround us, that when we look back, we realize we’ve missed something.  When we procrastinate on what needs to be done for things less important, we find that we miss out on opportunities because we are just too busy.

1378095_10151712087208456_1825873859_nAs time progresses we realize that, even with good intentions, we may not be where we want to be.  We find that regret sets in and we start beating ourselves up for things we have not accomplished.  In reality, when we were in those moments of our daily lives we were doing the best with what we had and what we were able to do with the time allotted.

It’s often that time becomes the enemy.  We never seem to have enough of it.  I know the older I get, the less hours I feel I have in a day.  It seems that if there was a way to stop it, for whatever we needed it for; if there was a way, we would have already found it.  All it seems we can do is recognize what it is we feel we are missing or need to accomplish, manage time better and find a way to fit it in.

Recognizing it before we fall too far behind is very essential. The best way to do that is to evaluate more instead of just going through the day-to-day motions.  I know, it sounds so much easier than it actually is.  It’s important to slow down daily and make it a routine to check in with yourself.  Scan your day and acknowledge what went well, what didn’t and what you missed that could be scheduled the next day.  Write it down then give yourself a time frame, maybe even set an alarm. Then take solid action.

Some days will seem so out of control with everything that is expected of us.  It’s important to not be too hard on yourself.  Make every effort to do your best in every moment.  When you do your best, there should be no regrets.

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23 thoughts on “Does Procrastination Get The Best Of You?

  1. I often think of Steven Covey’s four quadrants of where / how we spend our time. Most people are rushing around doing important things for other people or doing urgent things because they think someone else expects them to do it. There’s this quadrant where most of us don’t spend enough time – doing important things for ourselves. I’ve decided to hang out in this quadrant a little bit more 🙂

    Xoxoxo
    Peggy

    1. I’m so glad you are doing for you. That is so important. I think it’s all about balance. I can feel the scales tip drastically when I am too focused on one area of my life. It makes me unsettled. I had forgotten about Steven Covey. It’s been decades since I picked up one of his books. Thanks for sharing Peggy! xoxoxo

  2. I really enjoyed this post. Awesome reminder, too, of not being too hard on myself. You’re right we have to put things into perspective. I am learning that setting boundaries and priorities is a great way to get things done.

    1. Setting boundaries can be tough Benita. We spend such a great deal of time caring for others that we forget that there are times we need to step back and say no. It’s good for them to learn to care for themselves as well. I have learned to set boundaries on the time I allow for down time as well. It can be easy to take to much time getting lost on Facebook or in an online game, etc. Thank you for pointing this out. Please don’t be hard on yourself.

  3. Procrastination gets me every time! I put off putting things off. I was once told by a boss “You should eat your frogs early”. This meant get the worst things out of the way early so you don’t put them off. Great post.

  4. Thank you Missy for a very enjoyable post. Procrastination was my number 1 problem when I started collage. I made a schedule, set my alarm, and didn’t think about the momentum I’ve set. Great reminder!!

    1. Very nice. I think a list and schedule is the best way to manage all the things we have to get done. It is great to have that peace of mind as well where you don’t have to worry about forgetting something.

    1. That’s a great point Tamsin. I agree. Imaging what we could accomplish if we not only stopped procrastinating but also stopped wasting time in place of doing those things we should be doing. Thank you for pointing that out.

  5. I think being able to reflect back on our days and look forward to making better choices in the future is how we reach our goals. Procrastination happens, but it’s what you do to change your habits that count.

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