I love owning a business and being my own boss, but oftentimes, it requires doing a lot of things that I don’t necessarily want to do. HA! Life, right? And because I don’t have anyone that I directly report to, I can tend to procrastinate on the tasks that are well, less exciting. Those tasks can range from things that I don’t want to do, don’t know how to do, or just make me feel overwhelmed. All the sudden cleaning the house seems like so much more FUN and a whole LOT better than doing my taxes. Can I get an AMEN??!?
Because I’ve been at this for over 8 years now, I’ve had to learn how to pull through and beat procrastination. As my friend and mentor, says “you just gotta eat the sh*t sandwich as fast as you can!” LOL! And I can attest to that! So, are you ready for my fave tactics to get things done quickly, so that you can move on to the things that excite you in life?!?! Here it goes...
Set a timer
How long do you think it will take you to do the task? 5 minutes? 30? Decide how long you’re willing to spend on this task, set a timer, and GO! I totally believe that a task will take you as long as you allow it to. Got 3 days to write a term paper? I swear it will take you 3 full days to write that paper. But only got 60 minutes? and it’s DONE!! Funny, huh?!? My husband and I even use this when we do the dishes too! We give ourselves only 4 minutes to wash the dishes and clean the kitchen after dinner! Even chores around the house don’t seem so bad when you know it will only last 4 minutes.
Start With The Quick Tasks To Get Your Day Rollin
Some people say that If you’ve got a lot to do, then do the task you’re dreading the most FIRST. I say do the smaller, easy tasks first to shorten that list ASAP, so you feel less stressed. The feeling of instant gratification and immediate accomplishment will give you a serious high for the day so you can SLAY the bigger tasks.
Take advantage of your full concentration by grouping similar tasks together and doing them all at the same time. For example, if you blog weekly you can write a full month or two of blog posts in one sitting (as opposed to writing week by week to help you not only knock out current tasks, but work ahead for the same (or similar) upcoming tasks!
So, those are my favorite tricks to beat procrastination…What are yours?