Last night at church, in our Discovery class we discussed procrastination. We had a really good discussion with our teen girls. What we learned is we all struggle with it.

We talked about the “why.” Sometimes we procrastinate because we are overloaded. Sometimes we procrastinate because we just don’t want to do it. The example was some school work that they don’t like. We talked about how easy it is to get on social media and avoid what we are supposed to be doing.

We learned there are two types of procrastinators: one has a hard time getting projects started. The other has a hard time finishing projects. Where do you fall? I fall somewhere in the middle. I struggle with having too many projects at one time. Other times,

While studying for the lesson, I learned that the quote, “I work better under pressure” is a lie we tell ourselves. We should always strive to do our best in whatever we are doing. We can’t do our best if we are waiting until last minute to finish a project.

Do you procrastinate? How about with your time with God? Do you put God off to check emails or Facebook? We will have a better attitude throughout the day if we put God first.

So, what did we learn? How can we avoid procrastination? Here are a few things we discussed.

  1. The first 30 minutes of work or study time is the most important. Spend that time doing your work. If we pick up our phones or turn on Netflix, those 30 minutes will turn into 2 hours.
  2. Make a list of what we have to do tomorrow. Pick one item to do today. It can be a simple thing but mark it off of tomorrow’s list by finishing it today.
  3. Find an accountability partner. Someone who will help you stay on track.
  4. Remember time management is very important.

If this is an area you struggle with, challenge yourself to make some changes. Slow steps, one at a time. I know I am going to be working on finishing up some of my projects.