More Tips for Military Families – #166

Procrastinating – Tip #166

It is tempting during absences or deployments to put things off until another day when they are back, when you feel like it, are better rested, in the mood, etc.  If you are like me, this doesn’t happen and you end up feeling overwhelmed, over-worked and stressed out.  I truly believe that you need to tackle things when you can, as soon as possible, avoid making excuses (there will always be tons of those), and focus on how good it will feel to have things accomplished, taken care of and/or completed.

Some Tips For Ending Procrastination:

* Make a list of things that need to be accomplished (just acknowleding what needs to be done helps)

* Involve your family in planning how things are going to get done and who needs to help (this way everyone is aware of what needs doing)

* Review your ‘to do’s’ regularly (they can change or be completed and shorten your list)

* Divide things into ‘need to’ and ‘want to’ (this will help you prioritize)

* Set timelines and deadlines for each task (don’t get upset with yourself if you miss your own deadline, just re-adjust your timelines and keep going)

* Identify issues with accomplishing things and see what solutions you can come up with

* Post your ‘to do’ list in a high traffic area where people can see it and perhaps will also feel like lending a hand or at the least recognize that you are busy and not ask for more of you!

For more information about our tips, resources or books go to: http://www.whileyouwereaway.org

To submit a tip of your own, write to: Megan@whileyouwereaway.org

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