Can you believe it’s that time of year again already?!
If your tendency is to lean towards procrastination, the New Year can either be your best friend or worst enemy. Like any good friend, the New Year fills us with hope and encouragement. It reminds us that time is on our side and that we’ve got 365 blank pages ahead of us. But as time goes on, the New Year can begin to shift from being one of our closest friends to one of our biggest enemies, putting off joining the gym, cooking more at home, getting fit, or being better at meeting commitments and deadlines.
According to a survey of 2000 people, the majority of us are expecting New Year’s to be some sort of magical day where something will finally “click” and we’ll do what we’ve been wanting to do for months. As awesome as that would be, the reality is, New Year’s or not, we’re going to have to put in the effort to prioritize our goals and then take action.
How about we mix up our own magical formula for curing our procrastination? That would be nice. I am a queen of procrastination at times. I think I inherited it, that must be the cause.
Step 1: Bundle Your Temptations
The first step is to mix up what you love with the what you procrastinate about! For instance, only watch your favorite tv show while walking on the treadmill, or you could try to only have dessert with sorority events, or only get a pedicure with a friend who might be a prospective member.
Step 2: Use Rewards
The second step is to add in some immediate positive reinforcement for doing the thing you’ve been procrastinating. For example, if you prepare your lunches and snacks for the work week ahead, allow yourself to watch your favorite Netflix show. Rewards reinforce behaviors and are ultimately helpful in building habits long-term — figure out a reward for your members who bring in a new pledge to the Chapter.
Step 3: Set Smarter Goals
The third step is to make sure your goals are achievable. What can often be the trigger for procrastination is feeling overwhelmed from the start of your goal! And as most of us know, getting started with any goal is usually the toughest part. A great way to make goals feel less overwhelming is to make them SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Realistic and Time-Bound). Let’s set small goals and try to accomplish them one at a time. Make a goal for March, maybe set a plan for a rush party. Then in October plan a pledge party. Make it part of your calendar, plan ahead, set a measurable goal and make it realistic for your Chapter. Embrace it! Let’s make 2020 the best year yet!
Consider looking at all that Sigma Phi Gamma has survived over the last 100 years. We can do this!