How to Avoid Procrastination & Prepare for the Holidays

By Roz Jones

The holidays are a time for family, friends, and fun. But they can also be a time of stress and anxiety. If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do and not enough time to do them. Add in the pressure of holiday parties, gift shopping, and preparing special meals, and it’s no wonder so many caregivers end up feeling overwhelmed.

One of the best ways to reduce stress during the holidays is to avoid procrastination. That means getting started on your projects as soon as possible and setting realistic deadlines. It also means being organized and prioritizing your tasks. In this article, we’ll give you some tips on how to avoid procrastination and make the most of your holiday season.

Get started early

One of the best ways to avoid procrastination is to get started on your projects as soon as possible. That doesn’t mean you have to start decorating your house in October or start your holiday shopping in August (unless you want to, of course). But it does mean that you shouldn’t wait until the last minute to start your preparations.

The sooner you start, the more time you’ll have to get things done and the less stressed you’ll be. And if you find that you’re getting overwhelmed, take a break! There’s no rule that says you have to do everything at once. Little by little, each task will get done and before you know it, you’ll be ready for the holidays.

Set realistic deadlines

If you’re like most caregivers, you probably have a long list of things to do during the holidays. But trying to do everything at once is a recipe for disaster. Instead, set realistic deadlines for yourself and break down your tasks into manageable chunks. For example, if you’re hosting a holiday party, set a deadline for when all the preparations need to be done. Then create a checklist of everything that needs to be done (e.g., send out invitations, buy food and drinks, decorate the house) and cross each item off as you complete it.

By setting deadlines and breaking down your tasks into smaller parts, you’ll avoid feeling overwhelmed and will be more likely to stay on track. Plus, there’s nothing more satisfying than crossing items off your holiday To-Do list!

Prioritize your tasks

With so many things on your plate during the holidays, it’s important to prioritize your tasks so that you don’t get bogged down by low-priority items. Start by making a list of everything that needs to be done (e.g., decorate the house, buy gifts) and then rank each task in order of importance. Once you’ve done that, focus on completing the most important tasks first and save the lower-priority items for later. This will help ensure that you don’t get sidetracked by less important tasks and will help reduce stress during this busy time of year. 

The holidays are a wonderful time of year but they can also be very stressful. If you’re struggling with procrastination or feeling overwhelmed by all that needs to be done, take heart! You’re not alone. By following these tips—getting started early, setting realistic deadlines, Prioritizing your tasks—you can avoid procrastination and make this holiday season joyful instead of stressful!


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The 5 Types of Procrastinators & How You Can Overcome!

By Roz Jones

There are mainly 5 common types of procrastinators. Determine which one you relate to the most & how you can overcome it.

  • The Perfectionist.
    Don’t let your obsession with details take up all your time. Instead, be clear about the purpose of the tasks and assign a time limit to work on each one. This pushes you to stay focused and finish within the desired time. 

    The perfectionist pays too much attention to making every perfect. They are afraid to start; afraid they won’t get every detail right. They can get stuck during the process of a task because they are too scared to continue.
  1. The Dreamer.
    The dreamer enjoys making plans more than taking action. They are often highly creative but find it difficult to finish the work.

    Stop yourself from being carried away by your endless creative ideas by getting your feet on the ground with specific goals based on the SMART system. Set the goal, break it into small tasks you can take action on and then follow through. When you have ideas pop into your head, jot them down to revisit later.
  1. The Avoider.
    The avoider is a worrier. They are too scared to attempt tasks they think they can’t handle. Instead, they would rather put off doing the work than be judged by others when they make mistakes.

    Focus on the worst task first. Spend your morning hours working on what is the most challenging to you. This gives you a feeling of having achieved something and helps build momentum for the rest of the day. Avoid checking emails first thing every day. And break your tasks into smaller sub-tasks.
  1. The Crisis-Maker. 
    The crisis-maker is someone who deliberately puts work off until the last minute. To them, deadlines (or crises) are exciting and they believe they work best when they are under pressure of a deadline.

    Realize that you are not doing your best work by waiting until the last minute. Instead, work on the project a little at a time. Try using the Pomodoro technique where you focus on working in short, focused bursts then give yourself a short break before starting again.
  1. The Busy Procrastinator.
    The busy procrastinator has trouble prioritizing tasks. They are the fussy ones who have too many tasks or refuse to work on what they think as unworthy of their skills. They don’t know how to pick the task that is the highest priority and best for them, so they simply put off making any decision.

    Set your priorities in the right order. Important tasks take priority over urgent ones. Urgent doesn’t always mean it’s important. Important tasks are the ones that will add value to your expected outcome.

Procrastination doesn’t have to always get you down. Did you find out the type of procrastinator you are? I hope you use these tips to continue kicking your procrastination habits to the curb as you prepare for the new year!


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5 Tips for Breaking Procrastination Habits

By Roz Jones

As you might guess, breaking your procrastination habit is going to be as difficult as creating a productive one. 

Here are some tips to help you along the way.

  • Become aware of when you are procrastinating. 
    • Figure out when and why you are putting something off. Increase your awareness of what you’re doing instead of the task that needs doing. 
  • Write down when and why you are doing it and how it makes you feel. 
    • This helps you establish a baseline and then you can analyze and recognize why you are doing it.
  • Switch it out.
    • Once you know why and when you’re following the procrastination routine, find a temporary or permanent replacement habit for it. For example, if you’re putting off a big project because you don’t have time for it, break it up into smaller tasks you can work on daily. 
  • Choose a new approach that works for you. 
    • Some people can quit a behavior all at once while others need to quit, gradually. Put into place accountability and rewards systems when you take action instead of procrastinating. 
  • Replace the bad behavior with positive behavior until it becomes a habit.
    • This can be as simple as using apps to help you be more productive and make it easier to get organized, so you know what you need to be doing.

Procrastination doesn’t have to always get you down. I hope these tips will help you to kick your procrastination habits to the curb as you prepare for the new year!


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The Link Between Health, Stress & Procrastination

By Roz Jones

As you’ve probably experienced, procrastination can have a huge impact on your success in life. It can also have a big impact on your physical and mental health.

Procrastination is linked to mental health problems like stress and anxiety. When you put off tasks, it leads to stress over having to get things done at the last minute. This can lead to anxiety, fear, and feelings of depression.

This stress can then lead to physical symptoms that can be deadly such as cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Too much and continual stress is bad for your health as it can lead to insomnia, chronic headaches, stiff muscles, chest pain, fatigue, low sex drive, upset stomach, and obesity.

Procrastination leads to irritability, sadness, restlessness, and excitability, as well as a lack of focus or feeling, overwhelmed and anxious.

Our moods, resulting from procrastinating, can lead us to overeat, exercise less often, have social withdrawal, have angry outbursts, and have drug, alcohol, or tobacco abuse.

We might end up postponing health checkups that would catch problems early or not taking care of ourselves in a healthy way.

All of these can be prevented by reducing or putting a halt to procrastinating. We’ll look at ways to do this later.


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