Normally, when you’re procrastinating, it’s because you’re avoiding a task you really don’t want to do. Something that you enjoy doing probably won’t cause you to delay in getting them done. With those tasks you don’t want to do, you will need to establish an “order” to follow so that they can get done. Establishing an “order” becomes habitual. And when you do things out of habit, it is easier than being forced to do something you don’t want to do.
Here are some habits you can form to get those “not so fun” tasks done.
Get the “not so fun” tasks done first. It gives you something to look forward to by getting them out of the way so you can complete the tasks you enjoy. Your desired tasks become your motivation!
Create Lists. Make sure that you jot down every task that needs to get done. Provide yourself with deadlines. Be sure to schedule the “not so fun” tasks first so that you can accommodate them before tackling the fun tasks.
Don’t get distracted. When you don’t want to do something, distractions are a dime a dozen. Your cell phone becomes irresistible. Social Media begs for you to get lost in its time feed. Make sure you commit yourself to getting the task done before checking any email or bothersome notifications.
Allow time for some rest. When you’re driving a car, do you make sure to fill the tank up before a long trip? Absolutely, you do. You don’t want to get caught stranded on the side of the road. With that said, get your hours of sleep in so that you are energized the next day to get your work done.
Let’s be real. Why don’t you want to get those “not so fun” tasks done? Sometimes it may be all in your mind. Keep telling yourself, it’s not so bad. I can complete this report. I can write this blog. I can send this email. It’s not as scary or out of my reach as I thought it was. You may not be able to change the task itself, but you can change your attitude towards it.
Remember the consequences. What is going to happen if you don’t get the job done? Will you lose a job? Will you miss out on money? Remind yourself that for everything you do or don’t do, there are consequences. Let that be your motivation to get the job done.
Reward yourself. You did it! You deserve something nice. Some people love to end a successful day with a good glass of wine. Perhaps a tasty chocolate treat. Whatever it is, reward yourself for getting those “not so fun” jobs done.