What are you putting off – are you a procrastinator?

What is the meaning of Procrastination?   Are you one of those who keep putting off things until tomorrow?

Excessive mind wandering and procrastination are annoying for those prone to the time-wasting tendencies – which can have dire consequences on their personal and professional lives. But researchers are finding that the mind can be trained to ditch its old ways.

One of the things I have found over the years with some of my clients is there is always procrastination and putting off factor in their mindset transition.

What they know they would like to accomplish but keep putting off.   I always as the question……What is the meaning of procrastination and what can be done to overcome this?  Some of the answers are very enlightening. 🙂

What is procrastination

If you’ve found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, many people procrastinate to some degree – but some are so chronically affected by procrastination that it stops them from fulfilling their potential and disrupts their careers, family life, health and a lot more.

What are some of the things you are putting off doing?

  • Organizing Finances
  • Getting that check-up
  • Speaking to your staff
  • Cleaning your car
  • Looking at your career
  • Relationships with close ones
  • Relationship with yourself

Are you procrastinating or are you disorganized and do not use time management effectively?

You want to figure this one out. Some of my clients are disorganized and then we work out a time management technique that works for them and their lifestyle or business and things start to change.   However, there is an unconscious habit that will always overrule any strategy you have in place.What is the definition of proscrastination

Time Management Techniques

Make a list of everything you have to do and when I say to make a list of everything I mean absolutely everything you can think of.   The list may be very long so do not be afraid.  There is a myth that you always get through your action list.  You do not!!!!! Things come off and other things go on therefore you always have a list.  It is how you manage the list that is important.

Prioritize your list, the first thing I look at are the items that have deadlines. Once you have your deadlines and your priorities your list will look a lot different.  Set timers so you do not spend too much time on one task.

Put your list in your calendar, as you look at your day you can see where you can fit in items from your action list into your calendar.  When you put it into your calendar you then have a time management technique which is easier to get things done.

Cross things off your list as they are done and add others as they come up.  I find keeping your list in a book or computer is easier than on pieces of paper that can get lost. If you are using a book then you will want to start a new page after a few days as the original list will look messy.  If you are using technology then as you delete them the task disappears.

.Why do I procrastinate

Procrastination can also be viewed as avoidance and not wanting to deal with anything unpleasant or confrontational.

Chronic procrastinators have perpetual problems in finishing tasks.

Situational procrastinators delay based on the task itself.

Are you a procrastinator?  What do you do to help yourself overcome this habit?

Remember all habits can be changed.

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  1. Reply

    I can be a procrastinator at times. Usually, i need to make a list of the things that need to be done and prioritize with a timeline in order to get them done.
    It’s a challenge!

    -time wasted is never regained…..

    • helenvella


      Totally agree, you can never get the time back again. Making lists is a good thing when managed correctly 🙂

  2. Garen


    Sadly, I have to be honest with you and say that I have struggled with procrastination in the past years with my online business. One thing I always do is write down weekly goals. Then, I pick 5 of them and make sure they are urgent and must be completed. I always do the harder ones first to help get the tedious task out of the way.

    • helenvella


      That is one strategy and if it works for you then all well and good, perhaps you could look at making less weekly goals and focus on what your end result you would like in the long term and then break it down from there. This might keep you motivated to get all the tasks done.

  3. Tom


    Very informative, and important article on procrastination. This is a problem that a lot of people have, including myself, from time to time. Using our time wisely, and productively is a key facet to a successful life. Thank you for sharing.

    • helenvella


      You are so right. Not everyone knows how to use their time wisely to complete their tasks and their goals. Getting a strategy that works for you specifically is key.

  4. hong


    Thank you for sharing this interesting article. My husband is a procrastinator which has been causing some problems in our relationship. I am going to email this article to him and hopefully to allow him to better manage his time and other important stuff. Thanks again.

    • helenvella


      Thank you, I hope it helps him and also keep in mind that I can easily help either by phone or video conference.

  5. Reply

    Some very helpful suggestions on there, especially the list. I sometimes put things off because I’m nervous of the outcome, but when I do the task it’s usually ok and I wonder what I was worried about in the first place.

    • helenvella


      Something most of us tend to do. Worry and being nervous does cause us to put things off.

  6. Reply

    It’s helpful to differentiate between chronic procrastinators and situational ones! I think, sadly, I am chronic lol…about almost everything. But awareness of a problem is always the first step to solving it! Thanks for your practical tips! 🙂

    • helenvella


      You are so right being aware and being mindful of what you are doing and why you are doing it is very crucial to decision making.

  7. Reply

    I won’t lie I’m a situtational procrastinator especially when I’m at work. Granted on a normal day I won’t have much but I want to spread it over a period of a 10 hour shift. Good article loved it.

    • helenvella


      Getting a strategy will help you get things done. Let me know when I can help you.

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