So what did you see when you took that long look at your work and home life? Are you spending the majority of your time working or putting off the things that need to get done? If you’re working, what exactly are you working on and are those things relevant to your overall goals? If things aren’t getting done, it’s time to look at your behavior to tell what’s really going on. Start by keeping a time log and enter everything that you do on a daily basis. At the end of each day look back to see how much time you actually spent on work and how much of it was spent on distractions.
If you’re spending time on distractions, what’s distracting you? It might be something else that needs to get done. If this is the case, look at the priorities and schedule appropriate time to get it done, commit to it and get it off your to-do list.
As I said before, the big question is, what is procrastination really costing you? Looking at your time log, make note of the amount of time that you spent on distractions. Multiply that amount of time by your hourly rate. The result is just the cost for that amount of time. Multiply that by the additional time that you’ve spent on distractions or on procrastinating and you’ll see what it’s really costing you. Procrastination will not only cost you precious time, it will cost you monetarily. You could be paying a pretty big cost for putting things off.
The only way to remedy procrastination is to start by taking an in depth look at your behavior to see what you're doing to be able to determine why you do it. The "why" is the key to stopping your procrastination. If procrastination is a big problem for you, I encourage you to check out my 12-week procrastination program, Procrastination Annihilation. Click here for details.