How often do you find yourself putting off tasks and activities that you want or need to complete? Although you might say that you really want to accomplish those things, the reality is that for some reason you’ve left them unfinished while you’ve worked on other tasks instead.
Procrastination can be tough to overcome, but it can be done. Follow these suggestions to put an end to procrastination once and for all:
Keep a running list of important tasks.
If you have a concrete list of tasks in front of you, you’re more likely to complete them. Set reasonable goals like, “I will complete one task a week from my list.” Then, follow through with your goal and check off the tasks as you complete them.
A written list – serves as a reminder of the things you want to accomplish. First, complete the tasks that have the most impact. For example, if you’ve wanted to paint your living room forever, do it first. Altering your living space may ignite your passion to finish other projects.
Share your list with your partner or friend.
Show yourself that you can do whatever you want to create the life you want. When you talk about what you want to do, those close to you might provide you with just the push you require to complete them. Explain how important it is for you to accomplish the things on your list. Talking about your desires with a loved one makes them seem possible.
Ask for help
Perhaps your partner or a friend would be willing to step up and help you achieve something you’ve wanted to get off your list for a long time.
Doing something that you aren’t so keen about can go much better when someone you like being with is there helping you.
Reinforce your efforts.
How can you reward yourself for completing items on your list? Think of an activity you like and do it after you have completed some of your tasks.
Rewards don’t have to be big or expensive. Make an effort to connect the reward to the job you completed.
Plan for time to complete items on your list.
Get out your calendar and set aside two or three hours a week to work on the things you need to do. Then you can feel content that you’ll have time set aside to work on the things that are important to you. Make sure you do them though!
When you stay focused on what you want to accomplish, you’ll be less likely to procrastinate. Remind yourself of the life you desire to live and what needs to be done to achieve those dreams. Procrastination can and will become a part of your past if you put these strategies into action today.
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Remember though, nothing happens in my life or yours without action. So start adding some additional keys to your collection and turning them towards a more positive approach to life.
Avoid the “someday” and “when I have time” trap. These thought patterns bind us like chains ensuring we procrastinate our lives away. Challenge yourself to just select one new “key” to improve your life and use it daily for 30 days. Do this and you have a habit. Remember, the thousand mile journey begins with one step, or if you prefer – “How do you eat an elephant?” One bite at a time!
So take these suggestions as you would a smorgasbord or buffet. Use the one’s you like and leave the rest. But please take action.
Believe in Yourself, always