I can be the world’s worst (or would it be best?) procrastinator. If there is something that needs to be done, either I’m on fire to get it done, or I put it off until I get so stressed about it that I’m about ready to snap. Not the best thing. For example, the wedding pictures that I shot Labor Day weekend? I only have a handful edited. I shot something like 1300 images. Of course all of them are not good, so I have to go through and weed out which ones I think are good enough to edit. I’m still not done with that, and I’m having a hard time deciding which ones are good and which ones aren’t. I need to just do it and stop putting it off. I’ll feel a lot better once it’s done.
One thing that I’ve realized about myself is that one of the biggest reasons I do put things off is because I’m afraid of failure. I’m afraid of messing something up or that it’s not going to come out perfectly. Many home improvement projects have gone unfinished around my house as a result of this. I have a desk that I bought at a yard sale that is half sanded, the drawers are stained but not polyurethaned. Because I haven’t finished this desk, my office/craft room is not finished, and I’m waiting to set up my sewing machine in there. Not finishing that desk is impacting other parts of my life.
The same principle applies to my money. Rather than taking extra money and putting it towards debt, I procrastinate it and put it into a savings account. Our emergency fund is fully funded, so there’s no reason I should be saving the money versus paying off debt with it.
This is my plan to combat my procrastination. 1. Start a list of all the things that need to get done. If I see them written on paper, that makes it all more real. Plus, as I cross things off, that will feel good to have something completed. 2. When I know that I have a large project that needs to be done, break it up into smaller chunks so that it doesn’t feel so intimidating. 3. Celebrate and enjoy the projects when they are finished!
How do you conquer procrastination?