It is terrific to know you can battle procrastination by planning in advance. There are almost as many reasons for procrastination as there are procrastinators. A common reason for procrastination is not knowing what to do. Many people procrastinate and do not move forward with any of their plans because they have no idea what action to take from one day to the next, one moment to the next. This type of procrastination problem is one that can be solved with SMART plans.
SMART plans are Specific, Measurable Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound. If you are a person who has a history of procrastinating, of putting off for tomorrow those things you could do today, stop winging it and start planning. Start each day by writing down what you want to accomplish that day. If you are a pen and paper person, use that. If you are an electronic person, add it to your smart phone or tablet so you can carry the list with you.
When a person is able to start each day by looking at a plan for the day, that person is less likely to be paralyzed by fear and by wondering what to do. The list itself creates a plan, prevents a person from being stuck because she does not know what to do, so she does nothing. By preparing a plan in advance one has taken a step towards ending the procrastination habit. The next step the person must take is to go through the list each day and complete the items on the list.
Once a person has made preparing a to do list in advance a habit and goes through and completed items on the to do list each day, the next step is to make lists that are smarter and more organized. For example, once a person writers and follows a to do list each day, a next step would be to organize it with separate sections for home and work duties. Then divide the list in to morning, afternoon and evening tasks. At the end of each day, look back at your lists. If there are things you did not complete, add them to your list for the next day.
Once a person is able to manage a to do list of this kind, the next step is to make plans that are long-term as well as short-term place long-term plans in appropriate calendar spots in the future. Step by step and completed task by completed task, advance planning can help a person stop procrastinating.
In conclusion, it is terrific to know you can battle procrastination by planning in advance. So, the question for you this terrific day is what are you preparing for today, so you don’t procrastinate tomorrow?