Every entrepreneur struggles with procrastination from time to time. Let’s be real: doing boring work is no fun. However avoiding key tasks, no matter how small, can lead to an increase in stress levels. Instead of avoiding the dreary to-dos, try these tips to trick yourself into diving into any task:
Evaluate Yourself First
You don’t want to jump into something head first that you’re not completely ready for. If your new to exercising or haven’t done it in years, you can’t start out by running a marathon. You need to start slowly and build your strength. The same concept goes for taking on projects. Set your sights on completing the tasks, but don’t jump in feet first.
Cheat A Bit
Next, trick your brain into thinking that you have already started on the work. Try creating an unconventional to-do list. Write down ten things you need to get done this week, but include two items that you’ve already completed. If you make your to-do list with a couple of items already done, it tricks your mind into thinking you don’t have as much to do and you will be more willing to tackle the other items.
Change Your Outlook
Instead of calling your list a “to-do list”; write “happy to-do list” at the top of your page. Just by simply changing the name of what you call your outstanding tasks, you may be able to alter how you feel about them. Positive words have powerful effects on your mind and energy levels. We are more likely to be more motivated if we believe we’ll derive a level of joy from an act. By simply stating that you are happy to do a task, you are more likely to actually be happy to do it.
Take Small Bites
Try to divide large, tedious or complicated projects into smaller, easier steps and allow yourself ample time to complete them. This will help ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed or stressed out about having to compete such a big project all at once.
Try these tips to keep yourself focused on getting your items done no matter how big or small. The best entrepreneurs work smart, not hard after all.
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