Kick Procrastination to the Curb!

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Be honest: How much of your work stress is related to procrastination? Are you one of those people that procrastinate regularly and find reasons to rationalize it? Part of it is that some produce their best work when they’re under pressure and have a tighter deadline, but the bigger, more truthful fact of the matter is that most are just easily distracted. Sometimes, when there’s something that people really need to get done, they opt to do the easier tasks first than tackle the big project, or they decide “this can wait until tomorrow.”

The description above is one I’m sure many of you in the real estate field can relate to. The bottom line is that if you stopped procrastinating, your professional and personal lives would be a lot less stressful and anxiety-provoking. Instead of being stressed out about meeting a deadline the night before it’s due, you tackle it right away, get it done, and move on to the next part of your day. It sounds easy enough, but in the moment, the temporary irritation, stress or anxiety of tackling a project you’d rather procrastinate seems far less favorable than putting it off. The key is to remember the feeling that procrastination gives you and fight the urge to put things off.

There are many effective ways that you can kick procrastination to the curb. These are just a few of them:

Admit that you procrastinate. You hear it all the time: the first step to recovery is admitting that you have a problem. In all seriousness, many procrastinators actually deny that they do it. They don’t realize that they’re participating in that sort of behavior. They rationalize their procrastination away instead of taking ownership of it. If you can’t own your problem, then you’ll never be able to fix it. Instead, you’ll continue to let the problem control you and dictate how you do things in your personal and professional life. If you can admit to yourself that you procrastinate, then you can take ownership of the problem and start being more aware of when you do it.

Schedule a meeting with yourself. This might sound a little silly, but if you take some time to regroup once every week or two weeks, you can review what it is that you have to do and set a concrete due date for it. Not everything, personally and professionally, will have a set time of completion. Sometimes, in order for a task to be done, you have to put pressure on yourself to complete. Having standing meetings with yourself will force you to review where you’re at with a project and set concrete goals for next steps. It’s a great way to put your procrastination in perspective.

Figure out your “best time.” Everyone typically has one time of the day where they are the most productive. Figure out when that is and choose to tackle what you want to procrastinate at that time of the day. Your focus will be elevated and you can accomplish more in a shorter period of time.

If you need to, break things down. It’s much easier to tackle a larger, daunting project or task if you break it down into smaller components. When you get a task that you want to procrastinate, the first thing you should do is sit down and break it down into steps. Then, assign due dates for each of those steps. Once you have a plan of action, that task will seem a lot less scary, and you can get to work faster.

These are just a few of the many ways that you can rid yourself of that pesky problem that we call procrastination. Once you start making a habit out of NOT procrastinating, you will most likely find that your life isn’t as stressful and that you’re not as nervous to tackle bigger projects. Remember—the best way to be successful is to continuously challenge yourself. The only way to grow in business is to prioritize and execute quality work. Your procrastination habits are a hindrance. Don’t let yourself succumb to it!

If you ever need to delegate some of your stressful tasks to a real estate virtual assistant, feel free to contact us! We’d be glad to help you get some things off of your growing plate.

Have an awesome day!

Sarah Kay
Account Executive


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Margaret Goss
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

I was going to wait to write this tomorrow . . . but I did it today!  Written by a master procrastinator.

Jan 16, 2013 04:38 AM #1
Ira Bodenstein
PNC Mortgage - Montclair, NJ
NMLS#: 445143

Very good points.  May I add making lists helps move things along.  I get such satisfaction when I am able cross items off my to list and find my list helps see what tasks and events are scheduled for the day.

Jan 16, 2013 06:09 AM #2
Susan Jackson
America's Network Realty Group, Inc - Sandy Springs, GA

Aaaaaaaa..... you are right.  Working under pressure is not when I produce my best work.  Soooooo I push myself to get things done.  Thanks for the advise!!!!!


Jan 16, 2013 06:20 AM #3
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

All work stress is related by procrastination. IMO. The stress of thinking of what you have to do. Eat a frog, that's what Brian Tracy says!

Jan 16, 2013 06:38 AM #4
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

Alright - I admit, I do procrastinate, often and I have schedule meeting with me...tonight....or may be tomorrow...I think I can  

(this is what happens to me - so thanks for a very good advice, I have confirmed my meeting with me tonight!)

Jan 16, 2013 09:05 AM #5
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Love it.. I was one of those Scarlet kind of I know that if it has to be has to be done.. So tomorrow many times is just too late.

Jan 16, 2013 10:22 AM #6
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

So true.  I've found that if you get rid of that elephant in the closet early in the day or week, you accomplish alot more in the rest of the day.  All that time you'd have wasting worrying about tackling that elephant and getting the job done is time saved that can be well used for other stuff.

Jan 16, 2013 10:35 AM #7
Mark Loewenberg
KW of the Palm Beaches - Palm Beach Gardens, FL
KW 561-214-0370

saw this in the am but wanted to wait until this evening to write a reply.. hope it helps !

Jan 16, 2013 12:05 PM #9
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M

Sarah - You've given several good recommendations for dealing with procrastination.

Jan 16, 2013 02:31 PM #10
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Sarah, good points for kicking procrastination to the curb. Thanks for the reminder.

Jan 16, 2013 09:47 PM #11
Steve Warrene
Your Town Realty - Lower Burrell, PA
Pittsburgh Real Estate Investment Specialists

Good materials.  We deal with procrastination straight on.  Admitting it and doing it now.

Jan 16, 2013 10:06 PM #12
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

I used to be a procrastinator.  Then I realized it wasn't getting me anywhere.  We take things head on.  Good post!                

Jan 16, 2013 10:54 PM #13
Charles Stallions Property Manager
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services - Pace, FL
Pensacola, Pace & Gulf Breeze Property Management

I suppose that is why work just piles up on me as well but I am mostly overwhelmed by it all

Jan 19, 2013 10:22 AM #14
RealSupport, Inc.
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Hi Margaret, haha, I'm glad that you chose to comment on our blog sooner rather than later! Look what got here first! I feel as though most people procrastinate more than they let on. Hopefully, some of these tips will be helpful to getting everyone to kick this nasty habit and increase their productivity!

Ira, we couldn't agree more! Making lists is incredibly helpful to staying productive and not procrastinating. Something about having everything that you need to do written out in front of you is motivating and keeps you moving. Plus, you can't beat the gratification that comes with crossing one more task off of your list! Thanks so much for the addition! If you have any more ideas, let us know.

Susan, everyone's work style is different, so it's great that you recognize that putting more pressure on yourself causes your quality of work to suffer. That's probably one of the greatest motivators not to procrastinate! We hope our advice is helpful to you. Let us know if you use any particular tactics or techniques to kick procrastination.

Joel, we couldn't agree more! If you sit down and really think about all the stressors you have at work, we bet that 90% of it could be fixed by kicking the procrastinating habit. "Eat a Frog"...great phrase reminder to put over your desk at work, no? Thanks for the comment!

Praful, did you end up having that meeting with yourself? It's hard to stop putting things off once you get in the habit of doing it, but just remember, the more you push out, the more the workload builds up. How did that meeting go? Hopefully, our tips will help you make small improvements in your procrastination.

Ginger, we're happy to hear that you've managed to kick procrastination to the curb! Do you use any tactics that we didn't mention in our blog posts? We'd love to hear some more of your ideas about what you do to help with this.

Leah, we couldn't agree more! Tackle the tough stuff FIRST. That way, the rest of your day you can focus on less stressful, easier tasks and eliminate some of that pressing anxiety from your work day.

Erica, timeblocking is an AMAZING technique. We agree that it's incredibly effective. The tricky part is sticking to your timeblocking schedule. So many people create the timeblocks that don't follow through with them due to excuses and "emergencies." If you actually commit to sticking to your timeblocks, this technique CAN work do you. Great idea!

Hi Mark, haha! You are funny. Thanks so much for commenting. Maybe some of the tips and tricks we wrote about in our blog can help you kick your procrastination habit ;).

Christine, thanks so much! I really hope that these ideas are helpful to people who suffer with this habit. I am battling kicking MY procrastination habit to the curb as we speak. It's a daily battle! Thanks for commenting and reading our blog. If these tips or tricks help you, let me know!

Michael, thank YOU for reading and commenting on our blog! We aim to help everyone in the industry be more productive. Please let us know if you have any tips and strategies to add! The more ideas, the better.

Steve, admitting it is the first step! Once you acknowledge that you do, in fact, procrastinate, you can start fixing the behavior. Best of luck with kicking the habit. Hopefully some of the ideas in this post help!

Thanks for reading, Christiansen Team! What are some of the things that you did to stop procrastinating? We'd love to hear some of your ideas. After all, this is an addictive habit. We need multiple ideas to overcome it and start tackling things head-on.

Charles, have you tried going through the work to be done and breaking it up into smaller pieces? If you create a bunch of small goals to acheive with due dates, it becomes a lot less daunting than tackling big volumes of work all at once. If you have an organized plan, you can plow through the work faster. Just an idea! Thanks so much for commenting!

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