I really didn’t want to write this post. So I stalled, then delayed, but here we are!
I bet you didn’t know that 25% of adults consider procrastination to be a defining personality trait. And, 80-95% of college students procrastinate, particularly when it comes to doing their coursework.
Granted, some people work better under pressure, and procrastinating provides them with the needed forum to GSD (get stuff done). However, most people who procrastinate are faced with unfavorable consequences.
Procrastination has been linked to lower employee income and shorter employee periods, and those who procrastinate are more likely to have sleep problems.
If you’re a perpetual procrastinator, break the cycle and free yourself now…don’t put this off until tomorrow!
You’ve undoubtedly heard the advice to, “Do your hardest task first” and you should try this if you’re prone to postpone your most difficult tasks. For me, if I don’t get a workout in during the morning, I don’t workout. So, the task of working out is the first thing on my calendar every morning.
Another strategy for prioritizing your to-do list is using the Eisenhower Matrix (see picture below), named after Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, who was known for his high output and organization.
This matrix will help you sort out the less urgent and important tasks which you can then delegate or not do at all.
Whatever your strategy, find ways to prioritize and then complete tasks to build positive momentum. When you do, you’ll be sleeping better, stressing less, and celebrating success!