School is starting for children all over the United States, and with that comes mounds of paperwork, tests, book reports, science projects, and all kinds of homework our children will be tempted to procrastinate. (Remember those days?)

Many parents, who perhaps feel they need to pay penance for their own years of procrastination, resort to doing these projects themselves. (I’ve seen an amazing Golden Gate Bridge made out of Popsicle sticks.)

But if we want our children to become independent, confident students who do their own work (before midnight of the day it is due) we need to teach them the skill of getting things done.

The simplest, most effective tip I know for curing the urge to procrastinate is this:

Learn to identify Next Actions.  

The term “Next Action” is from the book Getting Things Done, by David Allen, and it’s defined as “the next physical, visible activity that will move a project toward completion.”  Instead of focusing on how overwhelming a project or assignment can be, we simply focus on the very next task that needs to be done.

Corporate executives are trained in this, but who’s going to teach it to our children?

That would be us.

Saren and I thought it would be fun to teach this process through a podcast featuring real-life stories, so if you’d like to hear about our very best practices for teaching children to confidently move forward on their assignments, this podcast is for you.


Click here to listen to the podcast, “Overcoming Homework Procrastination.”


*** Check out our new School Paper and Homework Mastery Kit for lots more ideas, printable charts, and further podcasts to help you fully implement the ideas in this podcast and drastically reduce the mess of papers and the stress of homework in your home.

QUESTION: Do you have some additional ideas for helping your children to avoid procrastination?

CHALLENGE: Listen to this podcast and choose one anti-procrastination technique you can easily implement into your family routine.


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