Zeroing in on a Focus for The Procrastinator


Procrastination is the action of delaying or postponing something. It is assumed that we put things off because we feel as though we have more than enough time. But it's time I set the record straight. We procrastinate because we are hella worried. We are overwhelmed with the list of things to do. We spend the majority of our time we could be executing in our heads. We have lived out a plethora of scenarios in our heads to the point where it literally paralyzes us in real-time. I cannot speak for all procrastinators. However, I'm sure many of you will agree.

I'd like to refer to myself as the "A Proficient Procrastinator." An oxymoron indeed! I use to think that I needed to be perfect to be considered good at anything. I'd label myself as a failure when I just couldn't seem to do things prescisely the way I've planned them. Or according to what is considered standard for a particular situation. I'm not glorifying irresponsibility. I am encouraging procrastinators to respect the cool quality they possess. The ability to do well under pressure. The ability to still get things done even within a time crunch.

Some of us get an adrenaline rush doing things at the last minute. Some of us create bettter under pressure and produce amazing results this way. I am great under pressure. I am excellent when I utilize my procrastination skill wisely. I call myself a, "Proficient Procrastinator" because I developed a strategy for myself to organize my thoughts and to zero in on my priorities. Otherwise, I'd be stuck in my head and all over the place. This approach does not require me to stop being who I am. I'm a procrastinator. It's a gift. I am no longer allowing it to be a curse. I learned my triggers. This is my method:

Step 1 Braindump

In a notebook, I write all of my ideas. This requires no specific order or organization. I simply want to get it all out of my head and onto paper.

Step 2 Pick a Starting 5

Out of everything I braindumped I highlight 5 of those things based on my current ability to carve out time for them and whether they have a deadline.

Step 3 Commit to Short Time BLocks

Create a task list. On a separate sheet of paper,write out the days of the week. Remember to leave space to write under each day. Each task on the task list will go under a day or two. You can spread one task out for up to 7 days if you'd like. The goal is to set short time blocks. Time blocks are the amount of time you would spend on a particular thing throughout the day. For procrastinatiors, I don't recommend a time block being more than 30 minutes for most tasks. Of course, there will be exceptions. Set a timer. After the timer goes off, move on to the next task. The benefits of doing this is to prevent the feeling of overwhelm. It tricks the mind into thinking that the task does not require much. It also gives us time to reboot or recharge our creative juices. Fret not, you can carve out another 30-minute-block for that same task later that day. There's no rule really! Make it yours! I even do this for cleaning. I set my timer for 15 minutes! I do not spend more than 15 minutes cleaning one area. When that timer goes off, I move on to another area whether I am finished or not. I am never overwhelmed with cleaning because of this. Ha! It's actually fun trying to beat the buzzard. I laugh at myself when my kitchen is a bit too messy for 15 minutes. I simply carve out another 15 minute block at a later time. My place is always clean and organized because of this small hack. I may need to do a demonstration.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 & 3.

You are amazing! There's nothing wrong with you. God created you perfectly. I'd say, "You're one hell of a procrastinator."