Tips to completing procrastinated tasks
1. Stay Focused
Set aside time to complete the task and do not let yourself become distracted. It is easy to make excuses to avoid doing a task you have been putting off because you don't want to do it. Make sure you have everything you need to complete the task and turn off anything that will distract you.
2. Baby Steps
If the task is too large to do in one sitting, write out an action plan. Decide what you can do in one sitting and get it done before taking a break. Then schedule a time for you to continue working on it and make sure to note where you are in the project so you can start work on it again easily.
3. Look Forward to Results
Remember what you will accomplish by getting the task done. Don't look at the task as a problem but as a solution to your goal. If you are working on something especially big, it is sometimes helpful to draw a picture or write out a saying that will serve as a constant reminder of what you are working toward.
4. Anticipate and Prevent Potential Problems
If you know something isn't going to go smoothly while you are accomplishing your task, figure our a way to fix the problem or work around it. If a problem you didn't anticipate arises, take a short break (5-10 minutes) and reassess, then get back to work, unraveling the problem as you go along. Don't give up or put off the problem until later, this will only allow the problem to grow in your mind and you will become overwhelmed.
5. Decide to Love what You are Doing
This can sometimes be difficult depending on the task, but once you decide to start loving what you are doing, you will begin to find things you don't mind about it. Focus again on the big picture and how what you are doing now will get you to your goal and then let yourself fall in love with what you are doing. It is going to get you one step closer to the finished goal.
6. Invite a Friend to Help Out
Working alongside a buddy will not only improve your productivity, it will also make the project seem to go a lot faster. Offer to trade off tasks. If they help you with your task, you will help them with their task. This will help you both get something accomplished.
7. Reward Yourself
Offer yourself an award for finishing the project. It can be anything you like - a nice long bath to a cute new outfit. You know what you enjoy and your budget limitations, so pick something out that you will enjoy guilt free. Don't indulge yourself until the task is completed. Then sit back, relax and enjoy your treat :)
Week 1 - Get it done
Every day this week, complete a task on your to do list that you have been putting off. At the end of the week, you will have completed seven tasks that have been weighing on your mind.