By Moe Lastfogel
Director of Sales and Marketing for The Retail Observer
Noun; procrastinator - someone who postpones work (especially out of laziness or habitual carelessness)
I’m a Procrastinator. Guilty as charged. As Popeye so eloquently said, “I yam what I yam”. As defined, I don’t feel like I am lazy or careless, but I have been known to postpone work or chores. I feel that we all do sometimes, don’t we?
If you’re a procrastinator like me, you know the issues that can arise from putting things off. Although you may want to get something accomplished, getting the motivation to do so is a different story. The good news is that, with a little organization, you can overcome procrastination. Here are a few tips that I have found helpful.
Make a list of what needs to be done. No one says it’s the final list. You can modify it as you go to keep it current and your priority tasks at the top. The important thing is to get it all out of your head and onto a list. If you can, split larger tasks up into smaller tasks. Splitting them up will allow you to work toward completing the larger task without feeling overwhelmed or rushed. Now, set how long each task will take to complete, and when you would like to get it done. Keep an eye out for times during the day when you can quickly knock out tasks that will only take a few minutes. For instance, change the water bottle on your way to the coffee maker or drop off paperwork on your way out to lunch. You’ll find how quickly your task list shrinks. Also, on busier days, take a midday break to reprioritize your task list so you stay focused on what you want to get done.
By taking time to get a little organized, you’ll be getting things done and overcoming procrastination in no time.