I think you will agree with me that often, beginning new projects can be tough. You know what needs to get done. You can clearly see, at least in your mind’s eye how the end will look. But… But for some reason you find every excuse or reason to avoid getting started. Why does that happen? Not all of us have that “get up and go” feeling all the time. And for you are reading this post right now to find a way to stimulate yours.
Let’s break it down, and find our way forward:
1. What is the value of the activity?
- When trying to stop procrastinating, one of the first things to be conscious about is figuring out the value of the activity you are working, or not working, avoiding.
- What will you get from it?
- How can it benefit others?
- Is there truly some value to it?
- If you can identify benefits to others around you, that is all the more reason to get started. Hopefully, your conscience will prompt you to avoid keeping others waiting!
- If the outcome is of benefit to you, it makes sense to get started. After all, that is really the only way you will ever get finished!
- If you cannot identify the value, then it is probably not worth doing. There are some things that are actually a complete waste of your time.
2. Break the task into individual parts.
- Sometimes you may hesitate to get started because you are looking at the task as a huge and untenable challenge. If a task appear to be too overwhelming, it is much easier if you break it up and schedule it into parts.
- Break down the big task into smaller, more manageable, bite-sized pieces.
- Prioritize them and stick to the schedule for completing each part.
- Stay focused and on-task. Pay no attention to what is in wait ahead of you. Take care of one step at a time to keep the tasks from becoming intimidating.
3. Set realistic goals.
- Always be realistic when setting goals. This means not giving yourself too much or too little time to complete a task. Be honest with yourself about what you can manage.
- What else is competing for your time? Is it more important than this current goal? Make that determination and act accordingly.
- Try to find the easiest and most complete way to get things done. Perhaps it is your approach to always doing things the hard way that helps make the tasks at hand feel insurmountable.
4. Reward yourself for achieving your goals.
- Reward yourself with something you love when you complete a task. It gives you something to work toward
- times all you need is to take a break to or a short rest. If you complete a task, you deserve the break!
- Avoid spoiling yourself. Make your rewards reasonable and in keeping with the goal.
5. Do something enjoyable at the end of every day.
- At the end of each productive day, make time for something enjoyable. Do you have a favorite book? Or a dessert of choice? Use the end of the day to unwind.
- Treating yourself will re-energize you, allowing for more productivity the next day.
- For example, treat yourself and your friends to dinner and a movie. It can help you relax and regain your energy.
- Avoid looking at it as a reward for being productive. Instead, look at it as a deserved part of each successful day.
If you’ve been a procrastinator all your life, like anything else useful, it will take a little time to break out of the habit. What is important is that you have the desire to change your postponement habit! Once you kick start your commitment, it will be easier to take the steps one day at a time.
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