Welcome back to the blog guys! In today’s post I am going to be answering a couple questions that I got on Instagram on the subject of procrastination. Without further ado, let’s get into it.
The first question reads. “I need to learn to balance my life. Study, church, social life, work, etc. Thoughts?”
This is something you will have to work at constantly. What I would suggest you do is to ensure that you aren’t biting off more than you can chew. Learn to say no. While you may be competent and well equipped to handle a task or position, if you aren’t there mentally because you feel overwhelmed, you won’t deliver quality results.
One way to see the time frame that you are working with is to keep a calendar schedule. You may forget to keep up with it in the beginning but continue and you will get the hang of it. The first thing to do is to schedule in your recurring events. These are any events that requires you to be at a physical location for a specific time. You are going to want block these off in your calendar. I would then advise you to write down your top 3 priorities for that current period in your life. You can then have your top 3 priorities for each day as well.
Based on any deadlines given or set for yourself, allot the min amount of time you can allot in your schedule on a weekly basis to chunk off some of the workload associated with each priority. Now, with the time that you have remaining on you calendar, apart from your recurring events, schedule them in. If you realize that you have no time to fit them all in, you may want to step back and evaluate your true priorities. And wherever delegation can occur, please do so.
Another thing, the likely reason why you asked this question is because a lot of the work has piled up. It could be due to you biting off more than you can chew, but it can also mean that you are PROCRASTINATING! Procrastination won’t get you anywhere sis. It steals your time and your peace of mind. And take some time for yourself. Unwind and have a little rest time to re energize you to balance the various roles you play in your day to day life. Hope this helps.
The second question I got was, “I procrastinate a lot when I have a task to do that I dislike doing. Suggestions?”
Eat the frog. Just do it. You may dislike the task for a variety of reasons but the fact of the matter is, you need to get it done. To make it less overbearing, you can try sectioning the task into portions and set up a reward system for yourself after completing a section. Depending on how lengthy your sections are, i.e the requirements needed to complete each section of the task, you can do the pomodoro method where you work for 25 minutes and take a five minute break to do something fun like watch a YouTube video (or a portion of it) then get back to work for another 25 minutes.
You can even tweak it to your liking. For instance, finishing off a section then rewarding yourself with 5 minutes of scrolling on Instagram or whatever you may like doing. Setting up a reward system really helps to motivate me to get those not so enjoyable tasks over and done with.
Another way is to find something that you actually like about the task. Let’s say you have a paper or article to write. You may not like the topic that you’re writing on nor writing in general but maybe you like learning new things. Focus on the fact that at the end of the paper you will have learned something new and you will be better able to add to the conversation on that topic, sharing your opinions the way only you can. Not the best of examples but you get it.
Try to look for a positive outcome and make it your focus. And the overarching reason is that you are doing this task as unto God. So remember that you work as unto the Lord and want to produce the highest quality of work possible. God deserves your best, give Him nothing less. I hope this encourages you to take action!
This is a recent video I did on the topic of procrastination. Feel free to check it out for more motivation and encouragement to use your God given time wisely and increase your productivity.
And that is all for today’s blog. I do hope you enjoyed and got value from it. If you have any questions you would like me to answer, you can leave them in the comment section below or share them with me on Instagram.