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Make Your Bed and Beat Procrastination

You can stop procrastination if you learn to make your bed. Almost every person alive knows what procrastination is and has succumbed to it at one time or another. What makes one person a success and another a failure often  is how one handles the pressure to procrastinate. If you have at your disposal a variety of weapons designed to battle procrastination, you may win the war. Learning to make your bed is another weapon in your arsenal.

For many people, procrastination begins before they get out of bed in the morning  when hit they snooze button two or three times. This fact makes a stop procrastination tip using the bed as the main focus a good idea. People often say, “you made your bed  so lay in it.” When it comes to procrastination, perhaps a better way to look at the idea is to say, “you made your bed so you can lay in it.” This may be a better idea because you make your bed in order to lay down in it later. No one wants to wait until bedtime to search the house for clean sheets, blankets and pillows. Life is much better if the bed has been made in advance. This same idea works when it comes to chores at home and duties in the workplace.

Just as you make your bed in the morning so that it will be neat and ready for you to climb into at night, prepare for your day. In other words, set things up so that they will be ready in a timely manner. For example, if you have to go to the market in the morning, make sure you have your shopping discount card, coupons and shopping list ready the night before. That way when you get up in the morning you can grab your things and go.  When it comes to the workplace if you have a presentation to do, prepare in advance and make sure that all your materials, note cards and power point are prepared in advance.

When you prepare in advance you are more likely to have everything organized, in place and in good working order. When you prepare in advance, you can take your time and alleviate some of the pressure felt when you wait until the last-minute and have to rush to put everything together. Advanced preparation may help you win the battle against procrastination because it helps take away some of the pressure of being forced to perform immediately. Often we procrastinate because the job we have to do is hard, cumbersome and requires a lot of work. Advanced preparation takes away some pressure because it allows us to work in a timely manner at a pace we set for ourselves, rather than a pace set by circumstance.



Boy Scouts are taught to always be prepared and that is an idea that is good for all of us battling procrastination. If you make it a habit to prepare in advance, you help keep procrastination from rearing its ugly head. Today’s mantra for winning the war against procrastination is “preparation, preparation, preparation.”

ln conclusion, it is terrific to know that you can stop procrastination if you learn to make your bed. So, the question for you this terrific day is, did you make your bed this morning?

Janeane Davis

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  • I can definitely procrastinate when i feel overwhelmed. List writing and prioritizing to stay in scope helps.

  • I'm a chronic procrastinator, no doubt about it. But I think you just gave me the kick in the pants that I needed to get me started on the right foot....at least for a little while!

  • I completely agree that preparing in advance makes it go MUCH smoother the next day. Great advice.

  • I am getting so much better about procrastination as time goes on. I realize that putting it off just makes me stress about what I need to get done...I'd rather get it done and be stress free!

  • I just love to procrastinate and I know it's bad but I'm such a last minute person and I do need to stop that. This article surely convinced me that I need to quit!

  • I love that quote. I was just talking about this with my husband. I am making my bed starting today.

  • I procrastinate productively. I avoid doing the things I need to do until the last minute yet while avoiding them I do other things, just the easier ones on my to do list.

  • I am a procrastinator. I really should prepare now.

  • Yes, I can say that I make my bed every morning. It is a great start to the day

  • I'm slowly battling procrastination through your inspiring tips.

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