Let’s face it, in some capacity even the people that don’t think they procrastinate, still do. All people tend to procrastinate on the things we aren’t good at or the things we struggle with because the job might be challenging or tedious or maybe even time-consuming. Three words that don’t market themselves well.
If you find yourself struggling with motivation to work on those projects, refer to the tips on page #1. If those still aren’t enough to get the job, then delegate, delegate, delegate!
Delegating can be a beautiful thing, but it can’t be used everytime you procrastinate on something. Half the battle of procrastination is finding the strength to overcome it. Procrastinated projects take forever to finish, but tend to bring the most personal satisfaction. Remember that! Before you decide to delegate, imagine the overwhelming joy you may feel by completing the task yourself. If after that, delegation still wins out, set your delegate up for success with the necessary information and materials to get the job done.
A healthy mix of delegating when you have lots of other things on your plate is a great solution for getting those dreaded projects done, but don’t make it a permanent solution!
Here are 5 Tips to Finishing those Dreaded Projects or Tasks:
- Don’t think too much, just get going. The more you think about how boring a task is, the harder it will be to convince yourself to start. When the thought of finishing the project pops in your mind, get up right then, and start, before you have a chance to convince yourself not to.
- Don’t try to get it done in one sitting. Break your project up into sections so once you get past the hurdle of finishing the first section, it’ll be easier to motivate yourself to finish the rest!
- Incentivize yourself. Promise yourself a treat (ice cream, down time, a drink, etc.) for finishing your task!
- Change your surroundings. When you find yourself loosing focus or energy, move to another room, outside, or even a local coffee shop!
- Remind yourself WHY. If the WHAT isn’t enough to get you going, remind yourself why it is that you are doing what you’re doing. How good will you feel when you complete your why?!