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Grow: Getting Things Done

“Face your to-do list and take back control,” urges Harriet Griffey, author of “Get things done,” for Wellness Journal magazine. Too often, we sit back and procrastinate on the things we should be working hard at. It’s easy to make ourselves look busy, Griffey says, when in reality, we aren’t doing much of anything. Continue reading to learn more about procrastination and the different types of procrastinators.

Thief of Time and Energy

Oftentimes we feel so busy but end up not getting much done. Other times, we knowingly put off things we should be working on. Either way, not much ends up getting done and we’re stuck left trying to pick up the pieces. We’re then rushing to complete our tasks by their deadlines and we feel overwhelmed. Does this sound familiar? If so, you’re probably a procrastinator. Lucky for you, we know a thing or two about procrastination.

“There are many reasons why we do it, from a lack of confidence about tackling a particular task, to boredom, or fear of failure,” says Griffey. “What’s more, we’ve created the perfect environment for procrastination with the many distractions we allow ourselves.” It’s easy for us to stay connected while not doing much on our to-do list. When it becomes habitual, this avoidance can lead to stress, anxiety, depression, and addictions. These things snowball into one another until we are left picking up the pieces.

What Can We Do?

There are a few things we can do to put an end to our procrastination. Breaking down large tasks into smaller ones is one thing that can help you complete our tasks. Map out the stages of the task and go through each one, step by step. You’ll be able to see your progress more clearly, leading you to want to keep going until it’s all completed.

Another way you can put an end to procrastination is to identify what kind of procrastinator you are:

  • Perfectionist: Will avoid doing anything unless it is done perfectly
  • Crisis junkie: Leave everything to the last minute
  • Defier: Don’t do what they’re supposed to do in order to defy authority
  • Dreamer: Find things too complicated so they procrastinate
  • Worrier: Think of the worst and then can’t get going
  • Over-doer: Take on too much so they can’t prioritize what needs to be done

Villa Tranquil Recovery can help you get things done in your recovery. Call our trained and experienced staff today at 214-799-3080 for more information about how we can help you!