I have been working on doing better though. For some time, I have been trying not to procrastinate so much. I have realized in the past that procrastination has caused me to miss out on some things because I have waited until the last minute and have to dedicate all of my time to finishing a task instead of going to some great experience. So, I have realized that I should be more update and not let myself get so close to deadlines before actually doing anything. Over the pass year I have been doing way better with this and even pride myself on my togetherness now.
Just this week I had an awesome experience that related to this. At work now we are divided into groups based on what we decided we wanted to work on to make ourselves better teachers. Our groups meet once a month and our teacher leader provides us with some new tools or information that will us and we are suppose to share what we have done since the last meeting. I was the only teacher in my small group of 6 that showed up with anything! I had taken pictures of a strategy that I used with my class and already emailed them to our teacher leader. I had typed up a reflection of the strategy and since I had already used two of the other strategies I was prepared with them as well! Since I only needed one this time (I hadn't realized this I had thought we were suppose to bring evidence of all of them that we had used) I have evidence to share next time already! Our teacher leader was impressed and asked me afterwards to email her my reflection so that she could email it and the pictures to our administrators.
So, just what have I been doing to make myself more productive and less of a procrastinator?
ONE // Messes create chaos. Clutter can cause stress, which will keep you from being at the top of your game. So keep a clear workspace. When you finish a task clean up and put materials away. At work I clear my desk at the end of every day so that I can start fresh the next day. At home, after making a recipe I clean up right away.
TWO // Just say no. If you are constantly saying yes to everything people want you to do, you are going to run out of time to complete the tasks. Then you are going to feel stressed because you are letting someone down. Be reasonable. When you have enough on your plate, politely decline unless the person can wait until you are free. This leads into my next point.
THREE // Go into ninja stealth mode. Every day you need time to yourself. Time when you can reflect about your day. Time when you can just relax and enjoy life. If you have to make yourself scarce for an hour to have your me time, do it. Sometimes I go to town after work on Fridays and look through a few stores and stop for a treat by myself to get my me time.
FOUR // Be healthy. Honestly, we should all try to schedule in some exercise every day. This will help us have more energy and feel better in general. You also need to make sure you stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water, being dehydrated can zap your energy.
FIVE // Take a cat nap. You will also be less productive if you are cranky because you are tired. You really need to get 7-8 hours of sleep every day. So, if you need a nap take it. You will wake up refreshed and ready to finish your day.
SIX // Nothing is perfect. Someone will always find something bad to say about something. So don't stress out by trying to be a perfectionist. Do your best and then let it go. Don't waist time worrying about how to make a project better, when you could be using that time working on your next task. You also can't wait around for the "perfect" time to get started, because you will never get started.
SEVEN // Watch your screen time. It is so easy to loose yourself in a TV marathon or in catching up with friends on Facebook or in responding to e-mails. None of these are helping your accomplish your tasks though. Limit your screen time when you have something you need to work on. When responding to emails keep it short and simple.
EIGHT // Tackle your toughest task. Completing this task first will be a major confidence booster for the rest of the day and may help you accomplish even more than you thought possible. After getting this off the list the other tasks will seem like a breeze.
NINE // Use your time wisely. One chunk of time that I could definitely use more wisely is my commute time. I spend 40 minutes a day to travel to work and back. I could be using that 40 minutes listening to podcasts or books on tape. This would allow me to use that time to further educate myself. Granted sometimes, especially in the evenings on the way home, I just have to turn the music up and belt out some tunes to minimize my stress after a hard day.
TEN // Reflect before bedtime. Before going to sleep each night, reflect on your day. What went well? What made you happy? Then set your goals for the next day. What do you need to work on tomorrow? Setting your goals at night will let you wake up focused the next day because you have a plan.