Simple Steps to Stop Procrastination

27 Ways to Stop Procrastinating

  1. Get started.
  2. Be realistic about the time it takes to do something, never as long as you think.
  3. Work with time available.
  4. Use small amounts of time.
  5. Carve out time.
  6. Don’t always start at the beginning – just do some part.
  7. Do worst first.
  8. Set small deadlines.
  9. Small reward for each deadline met.
  10. Do things as they occur to you.
  11. Is there a simpler way?
  12. What’s the worst thing that will happen if you do it?
  13. Do nothing – try looking at it for a full 15 minutes.
  14. Clear work area of everything else.
  15. Make workplace convenient.
  16. If I don’t make deadline no treat.
  17. Listen to your mood.
  18. Plan a reason to get motivated (invite someone over).
  19. Seize opportunities.
  20. To do is must do.
  21. Tell someone else your deadline.
  22. Expect problems to come up that will keep you from getting it done.
  23. Don’t stall – expect to do a GREAT job.
  24. Get back to people – even to say ‘I don’t know yet’.
  25. Ask for help.
  26. Use leisure time for leisure.
  27. Maybe procrastinating means you really don’t want to do it at all.

Living Deliberately

Thoreau said we should ‘live deliberately’. 

Living deliberately for him meant to live as though you planned your own life.  

I do not define it as such. I want to live my life knowing that God has a plan for me. As much as I do enjoy reading ‘Walden’, the Bible is my ‘guide’. Christianity, seemingly, was not something Thoreau chose for his life. It is what I choose.

So for me, ‘living deliberately’ must be defined by my knowledge that God is in control. I can make choices for my life, but ultimately He is in control.

For many years I have had the longing to live an off grid, simplistic life. Not that I want to get away from ‘people’, I just want to raise a garden; have some critters; do more canning and preserving; etc. I don’t want to move back in time, I want to live in this century, but make use of the ‘old skills’. Thankfully, my hubby dreams of a more simplistic life also, together we hope to move toward that goal. Our timeline has us moving within the next 12 months. We are working hard toward the goal, enjoying each moment of every day and praying to Him for wisdom along the way.

Those choices are what I refer to as ‘living deliberately’.