It is Time to Finally Stop Procrastinating

It is Time to Finally Stop Procrastinating

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.

Setting Your 2019 Goals

Setting Your 2019 Goals

We are sitting in the last month of 2018 and as the year winds down it is time to start looking at what you want to accomplish in 2019.  What do you crave, and how are you setting yourself up to make that happen.  Every year thousands of people make big resolutions for the New Year and then fail to follow through.  Why does that happen and how can you change the result.  Setting your 2019 goals are just the first step, now let’s have a look at how to make that happen.

Set the Right Goals

You need to set goals that align with your values, you are more effective when your goals are in line with things that matter to you.  When your goals matter deeply to you  then your motivation comes from within.  This type of motivation is stronger and helps with your chance of making your dreams happen.

Set Big Goals But Plan the Details

Everybody sets lofty goals for the upcoming year, you aim for the big prize like losing 100 lbs or starting your own business.  You need to break those big goals down into manageable chunks.  If you want to lose 100lbs start with losing 10lbs by Valentine’s Day.  If you want to start a business then vow to have your business plan ready by the end of January.  Small successes keep you motivated to keep going, so break your big goals down to smaller chunks.

 Believe in Yourself

Everybody has set goals that in the back of their mind they didn’t really believe were even possible.  This becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  You have already taken your big lofty goals and broke them down into something that you can manage.  Yes, they might push you past your comfort zone but you have made them doable.  Now it is time to believe in yourself and start taking action.  Start with the small steps, you can totally do this.

Review Your Goals and Your Progress

Periodically throughout the year you need to take some time and check your progress, congratulate yourself on your victories and make adjustments where you need them.  Keep your goals front and center throughout the year to help yourself stick to them.  Set a schedule to review them about once a month to see where you’re at.

We all make New Year’s resolutions but this time put together a plan that will help you make your dreams a reality.