We all struggle with it.
Some of us more than others.
We find every distraction under the sun to keep us from working on something that needs to be done. Waiting up until the absolute last possible moment.
If you’re like me, you can do some of your best work under pressure, but do you really want to deal with the stress of cutting it too close to a deadline?
Here are 3 suggestions to help you push past procrastination and get your projects done (or at least started!)
1. Set a timer and work on your project for at least 30 min. When the timer goes off, take a little break, even if you’re not done.
Giving yourself a break acts as a little reward for getting something accomplished.
You may even notice that you’ll get into a flow and want to continue to work past the bell of the timer. If you’re in the groove, go with it!
2. Give yourself a reward for finishing the project.
Grab a snack, take an hour off to read your favorite book, if it’s a big project, take the rest of the day off or celebrate with lunch out. 🙂
(I’m going to have one of my Godiva Key Lime Truffles when I’m done writing/sending this newsletter. 😉 )
3. Close off all distractions such as email or social media sites and get it started first thing in the morning before you do anything else.
As Brian Tracy says “Eat your frog first thing, and it will be the worst thing you have to do all day.” (Meaning, take care of your biggest/most none enjoyable task first thing and the rest of your day will go so much smoother.)
Your “To Do” item for the week Pick one of the suggestions above to try the next time you’re struggling with starting on a tough project.
One of my favorite books on this subject is “Do The Work” by Steven Pressfield. I highly recommend reading it if you struggle with procrastination on a regular basis like me.
Share in the comments below: Do you continually miss deadlines? What have you done to help you push through procrastination? Share your thoughts below. 🙂