diary management

Strategies to Stop Procrastination Sabotaging Your Goals (and life in general) Part Three

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock


Last week we explored the fears which can make our procrastination worse and examine how we can overcome them, this week we take a look at the many benefits of overcoming procrastination and will delve into some practical steps you can take to make procrastination a thing of the past.


The benefits of overcoming procrastination


Having lived most of my life as a chronic procrastinator I can testify to the benefits of overcoming procrastination. Take a look at the list below, do these stand out as significantly improving your quality of life? Would you like to see these same benefits in your life? Then read on…


  • Living without dreading how you will do the things needed to manage life well
  • Being confident in your ability to do difficult tasks
  • Being confident in your ability to achieve goals
  • Living in line with your ambitions
  • Increasing your productivity
  • Achieving goals!
  • Being able to fulfill your promises to others


Now list all the things that you want to do that if you didn’t procrastinate you could achieve and keep it somewhere you will see it every day.


Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty of how we can overcome procrastination.


Balance In Action: Diary management and prioritization

Each morning when I arrive into work I spend five minutes doing diary management. I number each to do for the day in order of priority and scheduling in the time I will tackle it and how long it will take. Then at night I do the same, this time ensuring that all my to do’s for the week ahead are realistic and achievable.


I find setting out my intentions for the day and week ahead makes me clearer on my daily goals and focuses my mind firmly on work. It also makes me much more productive as it means I spend my time at work strategically on what matters most.


Do you often find you reach the end of the working day rushed off your feet without getting much done? Do you think diary management would help with this? How would you prioritize your workload? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, insight and support from our community, we’d love to hear from you.