Closed September 2017

Clutter Video Tip: Procrastination is Like Baking Cookies?

There is a Spanish Proverb that says “Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.” Procrastination is the thief of time. It seems so easy to procrastinate on a project. But what about that sinking, panicky feeling you get when you aren’t done and it is the last minute? Today I am shedding some light on procrastination, the procrastinator, and her mindset. Recognizing these traits may just help you to get things done faster and more efficiently.

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Hi. I’m Lorie Marrero, creator of the Clutter Diet book and on-line program, and today’s Clutter Video Tip is about procrastination. Now, it’s summertime and the kids are home, and I was going to bake them some cookies. And of course that reminded me of procrastination. Let me explain why.

Both humans and computers can process things a couple of different ways. Either in a batch all at once or continuous processing where things get handled as they come. And most people I find are dominant one way or the other. I happen to be more of a batch processor. And to me, that’s a lot more efficient for most things. It’s the assembly line concept. So it’s the reason that we bake 12 cookies at one time rather than baking one cookie 12 times. So that is great, but also batch processors can be a little more prone to procrastination, because they see something that needs to be done and they say, “I’ll do it later.” So, there is a little finessing there, and you have to make sure that when you’re making that choice, you really are choosing more efficient batch processing rather than just procrastinating.

If you’re a continuous processor, there are pitfalls to that because you may be very distractible, you may be very addicted to e-mail, for example. We really recommend that e-mail be processed in a batch two or three times a day rather than continuously being alerted every time any e-mail arrives in your in-box. So think about that in terms of your e-mail, in terms of your life. And if you need help with procrastinating on a big project, we can help you with our Quick Start Program free for a whole 14 days. You’ve got the seven-day Quick Start where we take you through a project and then you get seven more days of our program after that to keep using it and keep taking advantage of the access you have to our team of professional organizers on-line seven days a week. Find out more about this at

See you next time, and may you always be happy and grateful for having more than enough.

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