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Stop Procrastination – Prepare In Advance





It is terrific to know that you can stop procrastination by preparing in advance. Procrastination means to postpone doing something, especially as a regular practice. Most often, procrastination kills progress and stunts positive growth. Just as there are numerous reasons why people procrastinate, there are numerous cures for procrastination. One cure is to prepare in advance.  

Often people procrastinate because when it is time to complete a task, they do not have all the tools and materials needed. This problem is solved by preparing in advance. Think of your to do list like a dinner party. When you are hosting a dinner party, you do several things before the party is due to start:

  • consider the reason for the party
  • think about how many guests will be attending
  • arrange to have adequate supplies for each attendee
  • make arrangements to clean up after the affair

It is a good idea to follow a similar process when looking at your to do list each day in order to stop procrastination. For example:

  • why is each item on the list, what is the purpose
  • how many of the items on the list must get done that day
  • what tools and supplies do you need to complete today’s tasks
  • what items that you start today will need to be followed up tomorrow



This bit of advance planning will help you successfully navigate your to do list and stop procrastination. Additionally, if certain items on your to do list recur on a regular basis, it is a good idea to learn the expression, “you don’t get ready, you stay ready.” The idea being that phrase is that certain things occur often enough that you can avoid procrastination and problems by always being prepared for them in advance. Look at the following items for example:

  • a restaurant needs to keep its specialty items in stock
  • a bank must keep cash on hand for customers
  • entrepreneurs must keep available means to communicate with customers
  • parents with infants must keep diapers in the house

No matter who you are or what you do, you can help stop procrastination by preparing in advance.

In conclusion, it is terrific to know that you can stop procrastination by preparing in advance. So, the question for you this terrific day is what have you made preparation to accomplish?

Want to learn more? Here are a few books to get you started. These books are affiliate links. This means I may earn money if you purchase a book using one of the links listed here.

Janeane Davis

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  • I am so bad about procrastinating. I am looking forward to getting things done but it never seems to finish. Ever. The list would be never ending.

  • Such a great reminder and tips. So much can be done in our life if we'd stop procrastination and get ready.

  • This is an area I am working on in my life right now, diligently. Your sentiments and advise is right on time. Being prepared allows me to be proactive, instead of reactive which has been the way I've worked in many areas in the past (for several reasons).

  • I definitely try to stay on top of my to do list, but sometimes it just gets out of hand! Right now is one of those times.

  • I'm not the best at advance planning. It drives my husband nuts, but you are so right! I should try to be better!

  • I'm terrible with procrastination. I like your metaphor for this situation.

  • I'm not so much a procrastinator as I am a over scheduler. I'm always working on things, but still generally feel behind. I need to learn how to say no lol.

  • I'm probably the worst procastinator. I'm getting better at a snails pace though.

  • I'm trying to work on this. IT can be so hard! I read Eat That Frog and was inspired to be better at that.

  • I am so bad with procrastinating! I needed this post today.

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