Those Chores You Put Off: How to Stop Procrastinating at Home

Updated: Aug 17, 2020

We’re all guilty of it. Those chores, routine maintenance and tasks that have needed doing for absolute months, and yet, our executive dysfunction kicks in every time we think of how to begin. So we put it off for another day, or week, or month, vowing that we’ll get to it just as soon as we have the time/money/motivation. And on and on it goes…

Sometimes, putting off these tasks can result in costly repairs in future, especially when it comes to things around the house. If you’re a homeowner, you know all too well that an unexpected repair can set you back in the thousands if you’re not careful; it can make or break you. That’s why it is so important to tackle those tasks before they become a problem.

Sometimes household tasks are so daunting because we’re already so busy with everything else: our careers, our families, our outside goals. But with the right attitude and a little know-how, you can learn to quickly tackle these things as they come up, delegate when necessary, and move on with life knowing that you’ve taken care of your responsibilities.

Often, we forget that we can hire professionals to do certain tasks that we’re not prepared for, such as garage door installation or touching up a paint job, or even just random landscaping and mowing the lawn. We think we have to do everything ourselves, especially if we own our home, but just because you can doesn’t mean you should, or that you have to. It’s okay to admit you’re too busy, or that you’re not skilled enough to handle a project. That’s why the pros exist; let them take some of the stress off of you by providing you with quality service. Hiring a professional has so many benefits other than saving you time, too. You’re guaranteed that you’ll get the very best in quality materials, and your home will look its best when they are done.

If you insist on doing as much as you can on your own, we get it! But trying to manage your time between home projects, your job and your family can be hard. Learning how to organize your own time by keeping a detailed schedule or date book can help. Sometimes just seeing it written “Saturday - clean out gutters” rather than just vaguely reminding yourself to maybe clean the gutters on Saturday - can make such a huge difference in the way you delegate your time. There are also apps for this very thing, believe it or not. They’ll help you organize your time into manageable chunks, list out various chores and tasks and help you decide which ones are the most important. These apps can be a lifesaver for those who are a bit disorganized or stressed.

Learning to manage your time and take care of those home repairs, routine maintenance and everyday chores is easier than you think. It’s just a matter of changing your attitude and outlook, and taking a little extra time to devote to your home. You’ll thank yourself later with a job well done!

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