The Professional Procrastinator :: Not Using my Time Wisely

Journals and planners and schedules, oh my! Wait, what do I do with those?

As I enter my first year as a mom, I now understand the true importance of time management, creating a schedule and overall having to plan out completely EVERYTHING. Truth moment: I was the “go with the flow procrastinator” all throughout my high school and college years. I barely scheduled anything. But somehow, I would make all my classes and turn in my assignments on time. I called myself a professional procrastinator. {Cues superhero music} Can I do that now? Mmm, nope!

Where did the time go?

Having to really plan out my time from the moment I wake up until the time I go to bed is challenging for me. As you can tell, 99.9% of the time I’m late for everything. How can it be though? I wake up super early and when I think I am doing well heading out the door, but I look at the clock and uggh, I AM RUNNING LATE AGAIN! WHYY MEEEE!

The Reality Check

Hi, my name is Ja’Nae, I have an addiction to social media / TV and … well … my phone.

Last month, I had a life coach sit down with me and help me realize what my problem is. She did an exercise with me that required me to write down my actually perfect day. Then during the day, I would write down what I really did. After 2 weeks, we looked at the times and events; I spend most of my days on my phone. Honestly, out of the 24 hrs of the day, five are on the phone, most are watching television or at work, and just a few are spending time with my family.

Seeing that chart really crushed me, I want to be the mom that has a great relationship with my daughter. I want my relationship to work with my boyfriend but if I’m busy looking at things that can be, I’m missing what’s in front of me.

Now that the hardest reality set in, it’s my goal to get things in order. Rushing around the house trying to get to places on time only brings more anxiety on me which transfers to my baby, who doesn’t deserve that.

This planning thing is a process for me. I’m not sure if I’m doing it right, but hey I’m doing it! I want to be like the people I see on my social media platforms, you know the well-organized, goal tracking ones. I know I won’t be this perfect organized mom, who really is? The important thing is that I’m trying and my daughter will see that and will have some structure when she gets older. She won’t just fly through college on procrastination and prayer.

Are you a professional procrastinator? How did you learn to schedule your days? I want to hear about it in the comments.

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Ja'Nae Lewis
Ja’Nae was born in Houma and raised on the outskirts of New Orleans known as the Westbank, where she still resides. She’s currently dating her boyfriend of 3 years and together they raise their daughter A’nylah. After attending Jackson State University, she moved back to New Orleans and then earned her master’s at Full Sail University in Public Relations, she currently works part-time at a local Bra Boutique where she enjoys helping women feel good about themselves. In her free times, she’s looking for the latest fashion trends, working out, learning how to organize her life, relaxing by enjoying a good movie or series and finding fun things to do with her new family.

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