Apparently the second week of March is National Procrastination Week. Full disclosure, I have no idea who started this celebration or why, but it’s safe to say, procrastination is no cause for celebration for our students.
The reasons for procrastination are many: poor organization, lack of time-management skills and know-how, laziness, feeling overwhelmed, avoidance, unhealthy eating, sleeping and exercise patterns, anxiety and the list goes on. Conquering procrastination, however, can lay the foundation for a strong and successful future, yet it takes intentional and focused mentoring to turn a procrastinator into someone who is consistently and consciously proactive.
So, what are you doing to help transform procrastinators in your school or family? Here is a quick list of ways suggestions to get started – the procrastinator should take the following steps with your guidance:
- Identify the specific actions and thoughts that lead to your behavior.
- List anything and everything you (think) you have to do, along with deadlines.
- Make two separate lists with the items in the above list: 1) Rank each task from 1-5, 1 being not important and 5 being most important; 2) Put each task into one of the four following categories: a. immediate (can/needs to be accomplished in less than a week) b. short term (can/needs to be accomplish within 2-3 weeks); c. ongoing (pieces of task can be/ needs to be accomplished each week); c. long-term (can/needs to be accomplished more than one month from now).
- Set realistic goals and timelines for yourself. Don’t set yourself up for failure.
- If there are tasks that are unnecessary and unimportant to you, drop them (within reason).
- Revisit your goals each week to assess your progress.