How many times each day do you try to work yourself up to tackle some undesirable task? If you’re like me—several. Nothing is more exhausting than the task that is never started.
Here are a few tips for avoiding procrastination and getting things done :
- Project how great you will feel in the future after completing the task compared to how terrible you will feel if you don’t.
- Breakdown an intimidating task into a series of easy, super tiny tasks.
- Tell yourself you are only going to do a task for 10 minutes or just do the very first step.
- Use Parkinson’s law to your advantage. Basically, the time it takes to complete a task will fill whatever time is given. Create artificial time limits to complete something.
- Scare yourself. Think of what you would lose if you don’t complete the task on time.
- Reframe your internal language to make the task at hand less daunting.
- Do “reverse procrastination” which is trick your brain into thinking you have an even more tedious, loathsome task to do. Example : Start cleaning your bathroom or watching videos on filing taxes. “Procrastinate” on the task by doing the task that you are supposed to do.
- Do the most dreaded task first at the beginning of the day, which will give you the momentum to finish more tasks.
- Remind yourself that 99% of the time, nothing is stopping you from doing the task at hand.