Everyone suffers from procrastination at one time or another. For some, it is an ongoing battle. But there are ways to jump start your to do list. Keep these tips in mind next time you are feeling a bit sluggish.
Break tasks down into small tasks. Saying you need to organize your kitchen cabinets can seem like a huge job. But organizing just your silverware drawer may not be so bad. For every big job, make a list of all the parts that need to be done and tackle them one by one. Pretty soon, your big job will be completed without feeling so big.
Know your weaknesses. Take a moment to think about your worst source of procrastination. Is it doing the laundry, making sales calls, planning for dinner? Make this job your number one priority of the day. By accomplishing this task first, you will free yourself up to move forward without it hanging over your head.
Do you have 15 minutes to spare? Even in the busiest schedule, most people can find 15 minutes a day. Budget this short time to tackling a project that you’ve really wanted to get done, but never seem to get to. It seems like a short time, but it is amazing what can be accomplished in this short time. You may find that you spend even longer working on your project once you get started.
Reward yourself for a job well done. Plan something nice for yourself–a movie, a special meal, a weekend away–but only do this if the project you’ve been putting off gets done. Share your goals with someone close to you, and you will get encouragement along the way.
Cure the problem. Recognize that while procrastination may be caused by simple laziness or boredom, often it is a sense of fear that keeps us from getting started. You may also feel overwhelmed or stressed in general. Take some time to examine whether eliminating some other tasks might help you feel less pressured. If it is fear that is stopping you, working through that anxiety first will help you prepare to get the job done. Most importantly, be ready to admit if the job you are trying to accomplish is really necessary after all. You may find that it is something you’d like to get done, but that doesn’t really need to be finished. Giving yourself a break may be the best way to get motivated in the long run, as you will be doing projects when you are more interested in them.
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