Procrastination is “the action of delaying or postponing something.” Are you a procrastinator? Do you say, “I’ll do it later” then don’t? Well, don’t fret, you are not alone. I’ve been there. I am guilty of letting things get away from me. Procrastination is very common and detrimental to effectiveness.
Concerning our homes, procrastination encourages clutter and uncleanliness. It isn’t difficult to talk ourselves out of doing something that needs to be done. Whether, its the dishes or organizing the desk area or just picking up things and putting them in their place, we easily avoid it by saying, “I’ll do it later” instead of just getting it accomplished in the moment. Yet when we put it off, we create more work for ourselves later and a situation that requires more effort because we let it go. We waste the present moment and we forfeit fulfillment of a job accomplished. So, how can we avoid procrastination in our daily agendas?
1. Don’t waste the moment. Today is a good day to get it done. Remind yourself that tomorrow is not a guarantee so don’t put off tomorrow what you can do today. Proverbs 27:1 says, “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”
2. Break down large tasks. Sometimes we put duties off because they are overwhelming. So, breaking them in smaller chunks to be tackled will help with that. Give yourself 15 minutes and do what you can in that time. Baby steps will get you there.
3. Tackle the unlikable. Okay, we all have duties we don’t like. But avoiding them doesn’t make them go away so just do it! Dive in and take it on. You’ll be grateful to have it done. “The hand of the diligent will rule, while the slothful will be put to forced labor.“ (Proverbs 12:24)
4. Do it wholeheartedly. Our attitude will make a difference in putting off procrastination. Basically, talk yourself into it and put your all into it. Find the joy in accomplishing the task at hand. Think Ecclesiastes 9, verse 10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might.”
5. Overcome by visualizing. I love the way my bed looks when its made. When I want to be lazy and not make it, I visual what our room looks like with a made bed. It looks so much nicer and that motivates me to make it. Visualize completed the task you’re putting off. Visualize how the space will look and the difference it will make.
6. Reward your accomplishment. You did it so treat yourself. Rewarding your accomplishment will give you the boost you need to tackle another task. It feels good to deal with some job you’ve been putting off. Have a favorite drink or snack or take a picture of your accomplishment and post it where you can see it to push you onto your next procrastinated to-do list task.
7. Do it unto the Lord. Most importantly, work unto the Lord. Our lives ought to be lived out unto His glory and for our good. He is pleased with us when we take care of the things He has given us. James covers this when he says, “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” Procrastination will trip us up so let’s focus on being productive because “The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” (Proverbs 13:4)
Is there a task you’re putting off today? Don’t do it later. Get to it!