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Anti-Procrastination Day to improve the quality of your life

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We might be very efficient with our day-to-day lives and have perfect cleaning and organisation routines. We are capable of effectively handling all of our responsibilities and duties. At least most of the time. Nevertheless, there are always one or more tasks that we tend to procrastinate on. And these tasks are nagging us now and then. I discovered that the best way to tackle those tasks is by introducing an anti-procrastination day to your weekly or monthly routines.

What is an anti-procrastination day?

So what are we talking about here? Anti-procrastination Day is a designated time (entire day, ten minutes, one hour etc.) to tackle tasks that have been put off.

You need to plan and block time out in your calendar so that you do not have time to procrastinate about the anti-procrastination day. When the allotted time arrives, you should focus and get to work.

Why do we need an anti-procrastination day?

“Overcoming procrastination is not, I repeat, not about cramming additional work into your day … overcoming procrastination is about simplifying your life to make space for the activities that matter most.”

Richie Norton, health and wellness author

Firstly, we need to get into the habit of facing any task at hand and not run away and hide. Most problems grow and become burdensome to handle when we wait and procrastinate. Unfortunately, most of them we cannot avoid.

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Secondly, it allows us to reduce stress and anxiety.

Thirdly, it helps us simplify and increase the quality of our lives. We can be more present for our loved ones, family and friends. And enjoy our life experience more.

Furthermore, it increases a sense of achievement and self-worth. We become more disciplined and courageous when dealing with unpleasant and back-breaking tasks. 

Frequency and duration of Anti-procrastination Day

First of all, it does not have to be an entire day. It can be anything between 10 minutes and a couple of days. The frequency and duration are flexible and depend on how much time you are willing (or able) to block out from your calendar, your energy levels, and the number of tasks that are building up.

A good start is to spend an hour once a week. It is not pressing, so everyone can do that. The good news is that you can achieve a lot during that hour. It is so worth it. Anti-procrastination day is good medicine for anxiety and gives you a strong sense of achievement. Crossing off tasks from your anti-procrastination to-do list should bring you a sense of relief.

What should I do during Anti-procrastination Day?

We are often well aware of what needs to be done. Sometimes, we tend to postpone some tasks as they seem tedious. There are occasions when we feel disinclined to begin. In either case, those tasks cross our minds frequently and bother us. 

However, it might be the opposite, as we tend to forget. In that case, keeping a journal and writing down tasks helps with memory retention and prioritisation. 

Consider creating a separate to-do list for your anti-procrastination day tasks. If you are feeling overwhelmed or bothered, try journaling instead. Underline the tasks in your journal for easy access when the time to act comes.

Reviewing your to-do list and journals the day before helps to prioritise tasks. Which one tickles your nerves the most or is the most difficult? I would start with that one. Then, I would elaborate on the easiest and quickest way to deal with it.

It is crucial to have a plan or ideas to handle situations efficiently. Follow through and then move on to another task on your list.

To have a productive anti-procrastination day, it is crucial to maintain a consistent work pace. While it is not essential to complete all tasks, opt for steady progress. No distractions and no excuses. Let’s focus on completing one task at a time.

Some examples:

  • Consider enrolling in a course or university to further your education.
  • Schedule that medical appointment you’ve been putting off.
  • Sew in loose shirt buttons
  • Declutter garage or storage room
  • Wash and thoroughly clean your car
  • Set a document organisation file
  • Declutter your old CD and DVD collection
  • Clean up your computer desktop
  • Replant flowers
  • Empty and sort out your junk drawer
  • Wash curtains etc.
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Final thoughts

Procrastination is natural for human beings. We all need to put in consistent effort and practice to overcome challenges. Instead of avoiding uncomfortable tasks, let’s get into the habit of dealing with them. That will help you reduce stress, increase productivity, and improve your quality of life. Free up mental space to have more time and energy to enjoy what matters in life.

The really happy people are those who have broken the chains of procrastination, those who find satisfaction in doing the job at hand. They’re full of eagerness, zest, productivity. You can be, too.”

Norman Vincent Peale, American clergyman and positive thinking pioneer

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