Getting everything done in the small amount of time we have during the day can be difficult enough. But, throw in mental illness or substance use issue and you feel like you have an even smaller window to work with.

You might find yourself battling yourself — a lack of energy, motivation, and productivity can make your mind spin. It’s important to practice self-care so that you minimize the struggles you have.

Regardless, procrastination can pop up out of nowhere and wreak havoc on your daily life. Work and school can become difficult. Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here today to help you check off those important things on your to-do list. Continue reading to learn more. 

 

Take Control

Procrastination is a thief. It steals your time and energy, two things we seemingly don’t have enough of. Things may pile up leaving you feeling overwhelmed and unable to get things checked off your to-do list.

Luckily, there are ways you can take control of your situation and put procrastination to bed. To take control, you must first understand 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 Harriet Griffey, author of “Get things done” for Wellness Journal magazine.

Our environment can also fuel our procrastination — we have an endless amount of distractions available to us. It’s time you take control by putting your phone away, turning off the television, and quieting your mind. You can tackle your to-do list. 

 

Who We Are

“It’s who we are,” says Griffey. Depending on our personality, we may be more likely to procrastinate. Find out below which type of procrastinator you are:

  • Perfectionists
    • If you want everything to be perfect and you end up pushing things off because it’s not the perfect situation, you are probably a perfectionistic procrastinator. 
  • Crisis Junkies
    • If you love drama and leave everything to the last minute because of this, you are probably a crisis junkie procrastinator.
  • Defiers
    • If you tend to want to prove something to someone, or even yourself, and end up pushing off your tasks because of this, you are probably a defying procrastinator.
  • Dreamers
    • If you like the big picture and would rather find yourself doing something other than minute chores, you are probably a dreaming procrastinator.
  • Worriers
    • If you constantly think of worst-case scenarios or are afraid of change, you are probably a worrying procrastinator.
  • Over-doers
    • If you bite off more than you can chew and then don’t get anything done as a result, you might be an over-doer procrastinator. 

 

Breaking It Down

So, how can you break down your procrastinator ways and get things done? This best thing you can do for yourself is to break down huge tasks into smaller, more manageable ones.

Removing distractions is also a great tip. Another thing you can do for yourself is to create some small rewards for completing large chores. This keeps you motivated and wanting to do more.

 

Arbor Behavioral Healthcare is here to help you put an end to your procrastinating ways during your recovery. We can help. You just have to reach out. Contact us at 844-413-2690. We can’t wait to speak with you!