Isn’t it true that we tend to put off undesirable tasks more so than ones we enjoy? The things that we choose to put off often come back to haunt us later. These show up in the form of multiple cups of coffee while pulling an all-nighter or just plain old stress that leads to wishing you had just sucked it up and not procrastinated. End the frustration and try these tips to help prevent you from falling into the procrastination pit. I hope you enjoy Cathy’s Tuesday Tip! ~Cathy
List things you were “going” to do t
Make a list of tasks that you have been putting off. Physically write them down, so you are accountable for them.
Do one thing on the list right now
Designate a time each day to work on your list. Sometimes just getting started is the hardest part. If you hold yourself accountable, think how much you can accomplish in your day.
Make a date
Take action and use the energy you would be using to avoid the task and do one on your list NOW. It will feel good to mark it off your list. Action eliminates anxiety.
There is no such thing as perfect
No one is perfect. You may not get quite as far as you would like or the outcome may not be what you had hoped, but it’s ok! You started something. Tomorrow, keep your scheduled date and pick up where you left off.
Schedule with others
Maybe you are working on a project as a group and others are procrastinating. Communicate with them and see if they have other issues that are preventing them from being on top of their tasks. Scheduling a time to work together may give the boost they need to get started and get finished!
What if you did it today?
Maybe you have a reason for procrastinating. Perhaps the outcome could potentially be undesirable. Sometimes it’s like ripping off a bandage, it may be uncomfortable for a short amount of time, but you’re glad you did it.
Sense of accomplishment
Completing your tasks gives you freedom, freedom from anxiety, pressure, and self-doubt. Accomplishing these tasks will award you with a boost in self-confidence and energy. Standing objects tend to remain stationary, and moving objects tend to stay in motion. Which would leave you feeling more fulfilled and accomplished? Try using these tips to end your procrastination rut and stay on top of the tasks in your queue.
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