7 Ways to Break Your Procrastination Habits


“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.  The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”

Mark Twain

Procrastination, by true definition is to put off or to delay something requiring your attention.  For we know that our days are numbered and the devil would like nothing more for us to be ineffective and to use our time unwisely.  This is a shortfall of mine and I acknowledge that.  To think of procrastination from a worldly perspective I allowed myself to believe that I simply work better under pressure.  When in actuality, that is a lie from the enemy.  If I am procrastinating, then I am allowing too much time for things not making a difference, for which we are called, and not enough time to sufficiently love on people and make valuable investments with my time.  I apologize if that stings a little.  I can honestly say it was not a pleasant realization for me either.

 “So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

We all have areas where we allow procrastination to take over our time.  In fact, while I was looking at humorous quotes about procrastination I *may* have wasted a good half hour on Pinterest.  Mark Twain writes it well that tasks should not be overwhelming.  We can allow procrastination to suck our time away or we can step ahead in life by owning our tasks, instead of our tasks owning us.

Handling what is on our plates allows us to see people instead of things to knock off our worldly lists.  

If this was your last day on this earth, what are you doing in your day that would really leave a lasting impact? Below are a few tips that have helped me and I hope they help you:

  1. Write it down! How do you truly know how much you have to do unless you put it on paper?
  2. Pre-plan your day by organizing your day into chunks of time.
  3. Prioritize your tasks.
  4. Still overwhelmed? It is okay, because I am too! Break down your list from #2 into small chunks.
  5. Set a deadline or how much time to allow for a task.  Then, if you like to win, see if you beat the time you put on the task.
  6. Reward yourself :) Yes, you will feel better by tackling your list instead of having those tasks hanging over your head, but who does not love a treat? Think of something that is motivating for you and do NOT cave until you truly do what you say you will before you earn your reward.  Honor your word to yourself.
  7. Be proud of yourself! Spend your time wisely on the people and tasks that matter.  There will never be “enough time”, so be proud of yourself for using your time wisely and making a difference.

 “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:  a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” Ecclesisastes 3:1-8

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