My last post related to channeling negative energy into positive stress. This post takes it a step further. It doesn’t matter how much you reshape your stress to get things done if you actually run out of time to do them. Procrastination is a tendency of many perfectionists who constantly feel under pressure to do something perfectly the first time, and it often chokes people to the point that they end up not finishing at all. Here are some tips to stop procrastinating and start doing:
Take the first step. Sometimes this is all it takes to jumpstart you to get the job done.
Make it manageable. If it’s a large project, break it up into manageable pieces and reward yourself for each piece you complete. Those small wins give you motivation to keep going.
Eliminate distractions. Turn off the TV, log out of Facebook, and spend some quality time working on your project. Multitasking is not ideal when you have a deadline to meet.
Set a realistic schedule. If you don’t give yourself a realistic timeline, you’ll feel doomed from the start and end up stressing yourself out more. Set frequent deadlines and reminders to keep track of your progress.
Stop over-complicating things. Many times the hype we build up around our to-do list is just that; hype. Simplify your life and take things at face value. We all have tasks we have to complete every day.
Finally, just do it! Stop making excuses and finish the job you set out to do. You’ll feel better when you can cross it off of your checklist and will never have to feel the failure of not accomplishing things you needed to do.