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How to Stop Procrastinating

Ahhh! It’s almost December! Can you believe it?

This is the time of year we start thinking over the past year and reflecting on things we did and didn’t accomplish.

Are there goals that you haven’t completed?

You may feel like time has run out, but the truth is the year is not over yet! You still have over a month left.

We often think we have to wait until January 1st to make big changes and start our goals. But I’m telling you that there is nothing magical about January 1st.

In fact, if you do achieve a goal now, it will give you momentum to accomplish your goals in 2017.

So, let’s stop procrastinating and accomplish a goal in 2016 while we still have time!

Have a hard time just getting started? Here are 3 easy solutions to stop procrastinating and finally getting things done!

Here’s what I’m working on: my pantry.

It was on my list of house projects to complete in 2016. However, it ended up becoming a bit more difficult than I had expected.

You see, the shelves were all lined with 40 year old contact paper that would not peel off. It was literally making my fingers numb trying to peel it away!

After some advice from my Facebook friends, I ended up using a hairdryer to make the contact paper more malleable.

Anyway, long story short, I put it off until this month when I finally decided that my pantry makeover was going to happen in 2016!

Would you like to accomplish something before the end of 2016? Here are a few tips.

Pick one thing.

If you try to change your whole life at one time, it could become overwhelming. Maybe there are several goals you didn’t accomplish this year, that’s okay.

Don’t become discouraged at what didn’t get done. Instead, choose one task to focus on.

You will be more likely to finish one task if you put your mind to it, rather than trying to do so much that you end up not even completing one.

Maybe there is a closet that needs organized. Maybe you need to start living a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you wanted to paint a room in your home.

Whatever it is, decide on one task you will complete.

Make a plan.

After you have chosen your one task, now it is time to break it into manageable steps. What is the process needed to accomplish your goal?

Here’s what I wrote down for my pantry makeover:

  • Peel the contact paper off of the shelves.
  • Wipe down the shelves.
  • Divide food into categories.
  • Assign a category to each shelf
  • Put food back on designated shelf

Take some time to write down each step before you begin the task. This will give you clear direction and you will be able to cross off each step as it is completed.

Crossing things off a list is motivation to keep going!

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Start now.

The next thing to do is to simply start!

If you have been wanting to drink more water, start with the next beverage. Replace whatever it is with water.

If you want to declutter your closet, go to your closet the next time you have a  few minutes instead of scrolling your phone or watching TV.

You may not be able to designate an entire afternoon or evening to your project, but 10 minutes every day adds up to an hour a week!

I was not able to peel all of the contact paper off the pantry shelves at one time. But I was able to spend about 15 minutes a day peeling the paper for an entire week.

Guess what?

I finished peeling that dreaded contact paper in a week. That was something I had been putting off for months because I thought it would take too long!

Now my pantry is organized and ready to go for baking season!

 

Decide today that you will start your project even it means just a small step. Those small steps add up.

Before you know it, you’ll look back and see how far you have come!

 

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