The Procrastination Pit – It All Starts With A To-Do List

Posted on Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Stop Procrastination with a Do-It List.

We’ve all been trained to start the day, week, or month with a to-do list. We’ve been told that no goal can be accomplished without making a long list of things to do to arrive at our goal.

I’ve been writing to-do lists faithfully for many, many, many years now.  And, I’m still a world-class procrastinator.  Why is that?  I examined my tendency to procrastinate recently as I was making my New Year’s Resolutions.  Catch up with my thoughts by clicking on this link: You Only Need One New Year’s Resolution – Happy Procrastination Free 2011

Now, I can look at my to-do list all day long and find reasons to put off any number of things on that page.  It’s puzzling. Why would a perfectly able-bodied person who has a relatively sound mind put off things on her to-do list?  And, I’m not talking about things that can wait until tomorrow; I’m talking about things that are still on my to-do list for months, or even years!

Let’s get one thing straight first – I’m not lazy.  When a project is crucial, I dig right in.  When I walked my three marathons, I printed out my training calendar and went right to it.  When I want or need to do something, I do it.

Ah ha!  That’s what’s happening!  I just had a ‘light bulb’ over my head moment.  “When I want or need to do something, I do it.”  That is the key – Do It!

Things on a To-Do list seem so arbitrary.  Contrast that by putting things on a Do-It list and see how those tasks appear to you.  “Do It” is an order, not something you can ignore, or slide onto a list for later.

If our goals were laid out in the same way, on a Do-It list, those goals become concrete, definite, must do, will do, done.

Starting today, I’m throwing out all my to-do lists and starting over.  I’ll report back in and let you know how it’s going.  Let me know, too, if this sounds like a good idea in your life.

p.s.  No, this is not a new theory, but I just caught on! If you want to get off your ‘buts’ and Do It, you might want to get a little help by reading Do It! Let’s Get Off Our Buts by Peter McWilliams. Good luck with your adventure into eliminating procrastination from your life for once and for all.

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2 Responses to
“The Procrastination Pit – It All Starts With A To-Do List”

  • Pamela S. Wynn says: May 26th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    I’ve been experimenting with making a list of the 5 things I must do the next day before I close down for the day. Of course still I have the big list that I can continue to procrastinate on, but I complete my list each day! ;)

  • Patti says: May 27th, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Hi Pamela – Good idea. I like how you limit your ‘must do’ list to 5. It seems more doable that way, and not so likely to push off until tomorrow due to overload/overwhelm. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate the time you took away from your to-do list! ;)

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