It’s the final countdown to the big move. The moving truck shows up in less than 24 hours. But gasp! You put off packing for far too long and now, you are left with too much to do in too little time. Moving is a huge process, so don’t let this dire situation happen to you! Here are the top ways to avoid procrastination and get things done!
Plan Ahead. When you look around your place, you may feel as though you don’t own many things so packing won’t take very long. Stop! Newsflash: what you see isn’t always what’s really there. When you begin packing, you will see what we mean. In order to have a successful move, the best thing you can do is plan ahead – way ahead for those who tend to procrastinate. Plan to be done with all prep work several weeks before moving day. This includes: gathering supplies, reserving moving help, packing, and so on. Then, once you start packing, plan to be finished at least three days prior to the move. Things always come up during the moving process, so if you finish a few days ahead of schedule, you will still have a extra time to tackle whatever may arise.
Make a Handwritten List. Moving involves a mile-long list of things to remember. While mental notes are helpful, they aren’t always the best when you have such a long to-do list. The ultimate way to remember everything you have to do – and prevent procrastination – is to take pen to paper and write everything down. Try this anti-procrastination packing technique:
Packing Day 1 – AM: clothes and shoes
Packing Day 1 – PM: dishes
Packing Day 2 – AM: bathroom
Packing Day 2 – PM: living room
By setting a schedule, it is much easier to keep your momentum going and actually get things done in a timely manner.
Avoid Distraction. There are a lot of things to entertain us – social media sites, Netflix, computers, phones. Unfortunately, while they may entertain us, they also distract us making procrastination all too easy. Can’t fight the urge to check your text messages or Facebook page every few minutes? Try turning everything off and unplugging from the tech world for just a couple hours. This will give you the focus needed in order to overcome procrastination and get things accomplished.
Have All Supplies. Packing requires supplies. This means gathering the right ones, as well as enough of them so you don’t have to stop what you are doing to go buy more. You’ll need everything from boxes and tape to screwdrivers, hammers and markers, so stock up. Having to stop in the middle of packing because you ran out of tape or don’t have a hammer is one of the worst things that can happen to a procrastinator. To avoid having to stop a productive moment, ensure you have all the supplies you need from the start.
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