242013Jan

How to Accept Your Procrastination (And Still Get Stuff Done)

This is a guest post from Megan Vick 

Yes, it’s true. I procrastinated in writing this post.

I write for both pleasure and work, and it constantly seems like I am battling with time to get everything done by my deadlines.

That’s why I wanted to share my tips for accepting your procrastination and still getting stuff done.

Admit It

“My name is Megan, and I’m a procrastinator.”

It feels so good to say it out loud. If you know you are a procrastinator, admit that you are. They always say, “The first step is admitting it,” and the same goes with procrastination.

Once you know and acknowledge that you consistently procrastinate, you’ll be able to deal with it more effectively.

Buy a Planner

Once you’ve admitted you’re a procrastinator, buy yourself a planner. Don’t use the calendar on your phone or your Google calendar. These reminder systems and schedules are too easy to ignore or dismiss completely.

By getting a paper planner and writing your schedule down every day, you greatly increase your chances of completing your tasks. If it helps, you can even write down blocks of time for your various tasks.

Stick to the Schedule

Once you have your planner, check it every day and complete your tasks.

It might suck at first, but over time, you will see results. Stephen Covey claims it takes 21 days to create a habit, so once you get through the first 3 weeks, it will be easier.

Embrace It

Because writing is a creative process, it might seem difficult to create and stick to a schedule.

Instead of agonizing over what to write by your deadline, love your procrastinating side. Write something (even if it’s not what you’re supposed to write) to help keep you on schedule. It may take longer than you want, but over time, you will begin to overcome your procrastination.

Procrastination can truly affect your life, especially if you write for a living. Deadlines are the bane of a writer’s existence and frequently mean late nights drinking coffee while writing as best you can.

Sometimes, this produces the best work for writers, and other times, it means the worst work. Find what works best for you and stick to that schedule. You’ll be happy you did.

How do you embrace your procrastinating behaviors? 

About the Author: Megan Vick is a blogger, entrepreneur, tech-geek, fitness fiend, animal and environment lover, green goddess, and world traveler.  She is a creative content specialist for Fridge Filters.

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