Fight procrastination and reach your organizing goals!

Have your efforts to get organized failed?  Has procrastination become such a bad habit that it sabotages your efforts to get organized?  Procrastination can easily become a habit and can be a hard habit to break.  However, with some honest self-assessment and an organized and attainable plan of action, you can improve your efforts to be more organized and stop procrastination forever.

Many people who procrastinate are so used to functioning this way, they don’t even recognize it as procrastination.  Procrastination comes in many forms.  Here are a few clues that you may be procrastinating:

  1. You’ve been talking about decluttering and organizing your basement for several years now.
  2. You’ve been avoiding decluttering your basement because you don’t really want to do it, so you make excuses by doing other “busy work” instead.
  3. You feel overwhelmed by the task and don’t know where to start, so you do nothing.
  4. You have tried to declutter and organize your basement in the past, but always find a way to finish early, leaving the project unfinished with no specific plan to continue the job on another day.

How do you kick the procrastination habit?  Begin by breaking down the space into smaller chunks that feel less overwhelming.  Then allocate a certain amount of time to work on the smaller chunks; and when the time is up, you’re finished for the day.

Be accountable to someone else about improving your procrastination habits.  Tell them about the room you want to organize and when you’d like it cleared out and free of clutter.  Your accountability partner can help you to set deadlines and also check in with you from time to time to see if you’re making progress.  This will most likely create a commitment on your part to fulfill the expectations they’ve set for you.

When you are close to reaching your organization goal, reward yourself for good behavior. Don’t wait until you’ve accomplished the end goal, but reward yourself for your successes along the way.

By making a commitment to avoid procrastinating, you’ll soon be well on your way to getting those organizing projects done.  You will also discover that you will feel more relaxed, more productive and less stressed!

Use my organizing goals worksheet to help you to reach your goals and keep you on track. Go here to get your Take Control free organizing goals worksheet .

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About Jacquie

Jacquie Ross is a professional organizer, a Certified Life and Family Coach and award winning owner of CastAway the Clutter! A busy person's expert, Jacquie works with professionals, seniors, empty nesters and families to develop strategies to reach their goals, identify any road blocks, and find more meaning in their lives. Learn more about Jacquie’s life coaching and parent/youth/family coaching here at the CastAway the Clutter Blog, and for organizing services, visit CastAway the Clutter! Jacquie can also be found on Facebook
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8 Responses to Fight procrastination and reach your organizing goals!

  1. This is the perfect article for me. I just woke up today to a beautiful spring day and told myself today is the day to get organized-and then I saw your post. This is great – thanks for sharing!

  2. Ouch..what a great reminder..gotta get out in my garage..waiting a little longer for nice weather though:) Hmmm nice excuse …right 🙂
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  3. shelly says:

    Good tips. I’m terrible about procrastinating. Organization is not my forte.
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    • Vicky says:

      I hate procrastination and I hate the fact that I lywaas procastinate to stop procastination lol. The same happened wiv me; I got a lil better after grad school but the better’ is not still enough to me(I guess).I love the quotes you added. Especially Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried . I hope to lywaas remember that. Thanks for sharin this. much luv xXx

  4. Kevin Linkie says:

    Oh boy I am a huge procrastinator thanks for sharing this. The basement situation is me to a tee!! Yikes
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  5. Oh goodness. Now what excuse can I use? Thanks for the encouragement!
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  6. Sometimes I avoid doing something because I THINK it’s going to be hard, or boring, or whatever, and when I finally get to it, it’s actually more enjoyable and less challenging than I expected. Now I try to remember that whenever I’m tempted to procrastinate.
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