We all put things off every now and then. Procrastination is another form of clutter—it is the continual delay of things we tell ourselves (and others) are important to us. Incompletions can weigh on our minds. What’s worse, the more we put off doing something, the more we are out of integrity with ourselves. Our relationship with ourselves suffers and that is the most important relationship we have.
So, what do we do to stop this pattern? Practice the rule of 3. If you notice you are scheduling things more than 3 times, you are likely procrastinating. Ask yourself what are you really doing. If you aren’t putting things in your calendar then the first place to start is to develop this habit. Scheduling things in your calendar avoids lengthy to-do lists that can be overwhelming, and gives you a sense of structure and accomplishment for your day.
Do the thing you have been putting off first in the day. At a time when you are most fresh and other things haven’t had a chance to take over your schedule. If we do the hardest thing first, we may find that it gives us momentum and the rest of the day feels easier as a result.
Eliminate procrastination today. Schedule those challenging items in your calendar for times when you have the most energy and get them done. Ultimately, this will lead to you having more energy for everything else. You’ll go from feeling overwhelmed to overjoyed.