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Procrastination is a huge problem in the world. Many people do it. Sometimes they think that if they put something off, it will be less of a task later, but that’s not exactly true. At any rate, it’s a big problem, and it happens with work, household tasks, important projects and so on. People do it all the time. The following are some tips for getting your mind right if you are a procrastinator. They can help you get motivated.
- Do Your Undesirable Tasks First
One way to trick yourself into getting happy about a task that you’re procrastinating on is to think about your desirable tasks. You can go do all those fun tasks that you love to do just as soon as you get finished with the one that seems laborious. It’s a way of tricking yourself into having mindfulness for productivity. Reward yourself with a desirable task you want to do after accomplishing the task you have been putting off.
- Focus on the Accomplishments
All tasks that you complete in your life are an accomplishment. You can change your mindset and turn it from negative or hesitant to positive by thinking about the accomplishments that you will have completed on that day when you can finally say that you’re done with that task. It feels good to get finished with a task, especially a challenging task. You can even promise yourself a little “reward” when you are done so that it will boost your motivation a little bit more. There’s nothing like a reward to just make you put out a sigh of relief when you’re done with something that was majorly important.
- Be Mindful of the Other Person
If the task that you have to do is for your loved one, boss, friend or some otherwise important individual, you should consider how that person will feel if you take too long with the project. Now think about how happy that person will be when you deliver his or her product, service or favor. Think about the smile that will appear on that person’s face when you do this.
- Tell Yourself That You Can Do This
Finally, the most important part is the “I can” specifics. Tell yourself that you are more than capable of doing what you need to do. Refuse to be too tired to do it. Refuse to be too upset to do it. Refuse to put it off for another minute. Look in the mirror and say, “Today is the day that I’m going to accomplish XYZ, and just do it. Don’t even think about it. Just start doing it and then you’ll get into the groove quickly, especially if it’s a task that will get your heart rate up a little bit. Change your thoughts to positive thoughts by saying I am able to or I get to instead of I hate to do this or I don’t want to do this.
Those are just some ideas to get you out of the mindset of procrastination. Try them the next time you drag your feet on anything.
What task have you been putting off? Why have you been putting it off? Do you need help with it or is there some other fear that is creeping up?