Before I go to bed every night, I scoop litter boxes. I have three cats and like to keep things as clean as possible. In addition, Ralph (pictured) will avoid the litter box if it isn’t cleaned every day. Ralph is a picky little floofer. I don’t like cleaning litter boxes, (does anyone?) and thus I find the time getting later and later every night while I avoid the task. Eventually, I force myself to get it done and then I’m late getting to bed.
I know it makes no sense. Why don’t I just get it done earlier in the evening? I’m a chronic litter box procrastinator!
This Friday (September 6) is Fight Procrastination Day. I think we all have our things we avoid doing. When I taught I would avoid grading papers, putting up new bulletin boards, and cutting out anything I laminated. I was a professional procrastinator! Fortunately, I’ve found some tips that can help, whether you’re a professional or just a dabbler. 🙂 Check these out:
- Forgive yourself for any past procrastination. There’s nothing you can do about it now so you might as well move forward.
- Change your mindset. Instead of saying, “I have to [annoying task you’re avoiding],” say “I choose to [annoying task you’re avoiding].”
- Focus on how good you’ll feel when the task is done.
- Pick one task at a time.
- Reward yourself! Did you finish grading those papers? I think you deserve a glass of wine.