How to Stop Procrastinating

Olin Miller quote

I’ve uttered these words to myself many, many times over the years. Actually, truth be told, probably on a daily basis.


I’ve had “clean the baseboards” on my To-Do List for two months. I know it won’t take me very long to do it, but I just keep putting it off.

We all have stumbling blocks when it comes to tackling what we think are unpleasant tasks. Lack of time, lack of motivation or just plain laziness (I fully admit to the latter on occasion 😉 ).

So how do we stop putting things off?

I’ve started by turning my To-Do List into a To-Day List. And I’m limiting it to just 5 items. It’s less overwhelming than confronting a long list of chores that seems to grow each day. Think about it, it’s a little daunting when you see a list of 50 things that you just “have” to get done. But if you only see 5 things that need doing, it’s a lot easier to get started. And I have to say, crossing off 5 tasks a day means by the end of a week, I’ve accomplished 35 things. Pretty amazing, right?

Make the bed, clean out the junk drawer, plan this week’s meals, sew on that missing button. What does your To-Day List look like?

Mine? “Clean the baseboards” is number one so I best be going so I can cross it off my list. 😛