Procrastination is a formidable foe that defeats many mothers. We allow fear, doubt, and excuses to keep us from getting projects done. Often the go to remedy is waiting till the last minute, when delay is no longer an option. The stress and anxiety are not worth it, and the result is crappy work. The victims tend to be our families and those closest to us. While there is no secret formula or spell that will magically get things done, the below tips will help you defeat procrastination:
Just get started
Ironically enough the best tactic for beating procrastination is to begin working. The smallest step, followed by another, can put you on the path towards getting the project done.
Listen to music
Music you enjoy can take your mind off the task and should allow you to get moving and make progress.
Think about being done
Thinking of the finish line can create motivation and drive enough to get you going.
Do the easiest part first
Worrying about the hardest pieces won’t help, so start small and work your way through.
Talk yourself through each step
Often the inner voice in us keeps us from doing anything. Turn that inner voice around and have it narrate what you are doing. Before you know it you are well on your way.
Have a reward in mind for finishing
Give yourself extra incentive. A desert food, desired item, or some entertainment can serve as motivation.The worst thing you can do is allow procrastination to rule over you. You will find a large weight lifted as you get tasks done. The key is to get started today.
If you want to know more about the study of Procrastination, take a look at the informative article by Shirley S. Wang from the Wall Street Journal or the thought provoking article by Olga Khazan from the Atlantic. Don’t use them as another form of procrastination, though.
To help you defeat procrastination I’m going to send you a handy, easy to carry Infographic, the same one I use to help me everyday. Make multiple copies and refer to it when you need a little push. It will also appear below so you can print a copy immediately (Make sure to also check your email).
P.S. If you want some other quotes to reference please check out this great list by Duccio Manfredi
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