Procrastination - Overcome It

"Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried" ~ Author Unknown

No More Procrastination!

Here are some keywords to remember when we think about putting off that recipe, activity or tracking our expenses!

  • Commitment
  • Own it
  • Baby Steps
  • Delegate
  • Reward

Do it NOW

Let's use some of the examples in "Why Do We Procrastinate" and see how we can overcome our bad habits and make our business even better!

Commitment: I really want to tell those parents that they need to follow my rules.  I am committing to myself to tell them by Friday.  I have written it down on my list and calendar and now I am going to tell my assistant or my husband, maybe even the forum I take part in because telling others will help me follow through.

Own It: I need to take ownership of telling the parents that disregard my rules.  It isn't their problem they are upsetting or ignoring me, it isn't their fault and it isn't their bad parenting skills.  I have not made it clear that something needs to change.

Baby Steps: I have split my lesson plan project into sections and small steps. I have penciled in an hour every other day to work on each part of it until it's done.

Delegate: I have asked my family to help me out with cleaning up the kitchen when I have set aside an hour to work on my lesson plan project.

Reward: I reward myself for the small parts of the lesson plan project that I completed.  Sometimes I get an extra scoop of ice cream or watch some guilty pleasure television and sometimes just I just pat myself on the back.  I just need to remind  myself to be proud of what I've accomplished through my baby steps. 

Do it NOW!  I have mapped out my to do list and began putting on my calendar when I am going to do the things I have been putting off.  I  just started with two so as to not overwhelm myself for now, but I am really excited!

Alright, now let's go commit, own it, make baby steps, delegate, reward ourselves and let's do it now!

Resource:  Temme, J. (1993). Productivity Power:250 Great Ideas for Being More Productive. Mission: SkillPath Publications.

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Samantha Marshall, M.A.

Samantha is, just like you, excited to make a difference in our community and our world. With a Master of Arts degree in English Literature, you might ask how she found herself building and writing for a website focused on child care. From 1995 through 2001, Samantha started her career working for Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) sponsors which introduced her to the importance of non-profits, community and quality child care. Her experience with Sponsors, State Officials, and Family Child Care Providers left a great and lasting impression. Later in her career and her most recent position at SAGE Publications, an academic publisher, was as a product manager for a new online resource! During this time many of Samantha's passions collided. A love for the written word, children and the proliferation of knowledge as well as a fascination with the resources the internet gives us, building a community for child care on ChildCareInfo.com is the perfect way to make the difference she wanted to. Needless to say, she is very excited to be an active part of creating and building ChildCareInfo.com.