We procrastinate completing our projects or tasks. That’s probably because we dislike what we have to do, or struggle with that task to begin with. And as the deadline approaches, our dread grows exponentially. How can we motivate ourselves before we become even more paralyzed just from the thought of dread?
Here are three suggestions:
- Break down the project or task into smaller steps. Then estimate how long it will actually take to complete the task. If it takes two hours, perhaps you could spend 30 minutes each day for four days. This strategy might make it seem more manageable.
- Ask for help. Sometimes we procrastinate because we don’t have everything we need to complete the task. Do you need more equipment or help? Gather all the resources you need, and the task will seem less overwhelming.
- Just do it. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. But once you’re in the midst of the project, you break through the initial inertia, and the momentum will help you finish.
Try these suggestions the next time you are tempted to procrastinate. Completing an unpleasant task is less stressful than waiting until the last minute, while living in dread until then. You might find it gives you such peace of mind, that you won’t ever want to procrastinate again!