Downsizing Hurdles: Procrastination

The downsizing process is not always an easy one, but it is often necessary. Just getting started can be one of the hardest parts. You know it needs to happen and maybe you even know what needs to be accomplished, but you still are not able to begin. You are faced with the procrastination hurdle. Delaying or putting things off can happen at any time, especially at the start, but it can also occur multiple times throughout the course of your downsizing.


When procrastination hits you, try one of the tips below. They can help you get started when you are stuck and continue on when you find yourself putting things off. With your “To do” list in hand, face up to those tasks and use these tips to get you started moving forward.

  • Break the task into smaller pieces. Often the reason we procrastinate is that the task looks too big, too overwhelming, or even impossible. By breaking down a large task into little tasks, it becomes more manageable. Rewrite your list with this in mind. For example, instead of listing “Downsize the kitchen”, write simpler tasks like “Sort through pots and pans”, “Decide which I need in future”, and “Purge unwanted items”.
  • Stop interruptions before they get to you. Yes, this means you need to ignore or eliminate distractions. Remove the possibility that you’ll be pulled away from your task by turning cell phones on silent, switching off the computer for a bit (it will all be there when you are finished), and even throw a cover over other distracting projects. Give your full attention to the task at hand.
  • Set a timer. Challenge yourself to complete as much of a particular task as possible in a set amount of time. Defining a time goal makes starting easier. Limiting the time you allocate to it will make it feel more doable. Once you have begun and the procrastination has been conquered, you’ll find yourself whizzing through the project.
  • Tackle the worst thing first. We all have them on our “To do” lists: those things we really don’t like doing. When we put them off, the procrastination becomes contagious and prevents us from doing other things on our list. Bite the bullet and tackle the worst task first. Once you start, the momentum and the satisfaction will increase and help carry you through your list.
  • Don’t do it alone. Get another person involved in some way. Whether it is a friend coming alongside to help or a family member holding you accountable, having another party involved gets you moving forward and keeps you going if you feel tempted to quit.

Clear your hurdle of procrastination by taking a good look at your “To do” list, employing one of these suggestions, and doing it TODAY!
© 2021 Beth Giles

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