The Organized Lifestyle: Procrastination and Productivity

The Organized Lifestyle: Procrastination and Productivity

Wow! Today, I got home from a 7AM meeting, feeling rebellious against ALL work. All I wanted to do was eat junk food, watch YouTube videos, and go window shopping, but it’s Thursday and I’ve got a list of action items waiting for me. I have to admit that it was in this rebellious moment that I surprised myself.

  • I identified the problem. My clothes were really stuffy and uncomfortable, and the thought of working in them for one more moment was annoying.
  • I looked at my calendar and saw that scheduled action items were waiting for me, and because I’d already given my word, it was necessary to complete all of them.
  • I turned on a motivational podcast because there’s nothing like a little competition to inspire you, and I got to work.

Do you have problems organizing your time, meeting deadlines without procrastination interfering with your work, or disengage from your work because you’re uncomfortable in your space? Do you know someone who deals with this…like your daughter, neice, or mentee?

Growing up, I was focused, but the older I became the more procrastination set in. My mother helped me type a 20 page thesis while I was writing it the night before it was due. Once I began attending college, I thought that I could focus more with a glass of wine in my hand until the glass became a bottle and the only interest I had was in going out. Procrastination had officially hit an all time high as I banged papers out on the keyboard at 4:00AM because I’d officially put it off as long as I possibly could.

It wasn’t until I began to see that my work ethic affects the amount of money that I make that I began to think about my patterns and make a plan to change them. Which is why I’m surprised I’m writing this blog because nothing about the old me would find herself sitting here right now. I want to encourage all of you to look at your habits and dare to form some new habits. On average, it takes about twenty-one days to form a new habit so give it a little time and practice consistency. For now, try one of the following things or introduce them to your daughter:

  1. Identify the problems that distract you from your responsibilities, whether it’s in the moment or over a long period of time.
  2. Go shopping for a nice little planner that you can get excited to fill out! The first time I shopped for a planner, I spent 45 minutes dissecting all of them to find the features I thought would work for me.
  3. Schedule your time so it can hold you accountable when your mind starts to wander.
  4. Go back and fill your planner in with your schedule if you find yourself getting off track. It will keep you accountable.
  5. Find a motivational podcast that you can listen to to get your life! Lately, I’ve been listening to the Bombshell Business Podcast with Amber Hurdle.
  6. Celebrate your success with little rewards! I still plan on window shopping, watching YouTube, and eating junk food today. Just not all at once.

Remember, it’s going to feel sooo good when you accomplish a task! If you want to model these traits for your daughter or mentee, ask them to become your accountability partner so that you can grow together! Do you have additional tips?

I’d love to hear yours! Respond in the comments, and talk back to me!

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