It is oh so easy to put things off but that leads to unnecessary stress and negative self-talk. Breaking the habit of procrastination is easier said than done, and getting started is the hardest part. You need the right motivation to get up off your backside and get moving. If motivation is in short supply then here are some tips that will help you finally break the procrastination habit.
Create a To-Do List
A daily to-do list will help you sort out the pile of things that you have to do and make your list manageable. It gives you the opportunity to prioritize tasks and nothing feels as good as scratching something off the list. It doesn’t matter how busy you are taking 2 minutes to create a to-do list will help keep you organized too. Here is how to create an effective to-do list.
Follow the 5 Minute Rule
Any task on your to-do list that takes 5 minutes or less to do, then do it right away and get it over with. Don’t make any excuses just get it done. Putting off these small tasks causes you stress you can alleviate immediately. If a counter full of dishes is causing anxiety then wash them, it’s over and done with.
Set Aside Time for Odd Jobs
This is closely related to the 5 minute rule but with a twist. We all get stuck with those tasks that are a pain and never seem to get done. It’s little things like sorting through your mail, calling the bank or any other task that you cringe at doing. Schedule an hour each week to get this stuff off your list and be realistic about when you schedule the time, you won’t reach your insurance agent at 10pm on a Sunday.
Set Small Goals
Big goals can be overwhelming, you don’t know where to start and you end up avoiding getting anything done. However the project you are dreading still needs to get done so break the task down into small goals. Set a due date for each part of the task so you hold yourself accountable. This is an easy way to achieve your goal and to feel like you’re making progress along the way.
Pat Yourself on the Back
Everybody likes rewards so don’t be afraid to reward yourself for a job well done. Let the reward equal the size of the goal, if you have completed a big project then indulge yourself with a spa day or a fancy dinner out. Let yourself sit back and enjoy a coffee and some TV after the odd jobs are done.