Some planner personalities love to plan. Laying out a schedule is energizing. Organizing is fun. Checklists are a delight. But when it comes down to putting everything into action? Yeah, that can be a bit of a challenge.
Whether it’s an overall tendency to create a plan and never get around to implementing it or a struggle with putting off specific tasks because they’re overwhelming or distasteful, procrastination can be a huge detriment to your success as a homeschool mom. Life just seems to always fly by you, and your carefully laid plans and dreams of an organized life keep you from really getting things done.
Five Tips to Stay Focused and Get Things Done
If you are ready to learn how to stay focused and accomplish more, here are some tips to help you progress from a well-laid plan to completed tasks.
Write It Down
When you keep a list in your head, you’re going to forget something. It’s just the nature of being a mom. When you take the time to turn your plan and goals into a practical, written checklist, you’re more likely to accomplish your tasks. (And it can be really fun to check off each task!)
Maybe you already love those checklists and write everything down, but you find it too easy to jump on the the tasks you enjoy and push the distasteful or overwhelming tasks to the bottom of the list. This is where prioritization comes in handy! Number the tasks on your list in order of need. If the majority of the “need” tasks are at the top of the priority list, mix in a fun task every now and then. But stay focused on the priority.
Take Small Steps
If a task is overwhelming, break it down. You can do this in one of two ways. You can set a timer and focus on the task for fifteen minutes, then move on. Or, you can start by breaking the large checklist item into a set of smaller tasks that will take 10-20 minutes each.
When you accomplish something you’ve been procrastinating on, that’s worthy of a reward! Your reward can be as simple as getting to complete a task from your list that’s enjoyable, or you can choose to savor a piece of chocolate, read a chapter in your book, or enjoy some other quick break activity. Find a reward that energizes you to dive back in!
When you fail (I don’t mean to discourage you, but you will fail now and then!), just try again. It’s that simple. Tomorrow is always fresh. Get back up with a new focus and work down that priority list. You can do it!
Are you prone to procrastination? What other traits show up with your planner personality? Take our Planner Personality Quiz to find out!