Do you find yourself procrastinating on simple, mundane tasks that are easy to get done? Often times we over-estimate how long it takes to do a simple task and put them off rather than getting them done. Here is a sure-fire tip to help you get motivated and get those niggly tasks off your to do list.
People procrastinate for many reasons.
Sometimes procrastination is actually very positive. Often we put a label on normal past times like relaxing, watching movies, playing games or even assign it to such rejuvenating tasks such as gardening, yoga or exercise. While these activities are in place of ‘doing work’, these activities are not really in the same category as idle procrastination. A healthy adult knows that a healthy lifestyle is full of varied interests. Shifting activities actually fuels motivation and helps our brains and bodies to navigate our desire for work, variety and rest.
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… but sometimes it seems as though DOING is all we make time for.
Sometimes procrastination is a focus problem. When you find yourself putting off a long list of niggly tasks, you may have a tendency to ‘snowball’ your tasks – make them bigger than they really are. (I use this term all the time with my sons.) Are you a snowballer too? Do you tend to make more of minute tasks and postpone getting them done as a result?
Sometimes procrastination is a value problem. Do you value your time? Do you expect more from yourself than you do from others? Are you doing the ‘right’ work? Valuing yourself is a process and is not hard, but you’ll need to look deeply into your patterns and habits. If your procrastination is a result of a gap in self-value, it’s time to think about your purpose, and what you love to do in your business, then refocus your time around what you are brilliant at. All the other stuff should be given to others who can support you.
Sometimes procrastination is the result of a skills gap. Are the put off tasks on your list easy for you to do? Do you know how to complete them successfully? Do you have the tools, knowledge, resources and abilities to complete them? Are you the best person for the job? If you answer no to any of these – maybe it’s time to look for ‘the right tool for the job’, or for professional assistance. As my hubby says – when you have the right tool, the job can be easily tackled. In the case of finding professional support, search and find people who are better than you at the tasks, and pay to get tasks off your mind, out of limbo and completed.
Sometimes procrastination is a priority problem. Are the put off tasks easy to do? Do you find yourself in an endless loop of going for the ‘low hanging fruit’? Sometimes I catch myself doing this. For instance, blogging and writing require a deep level of focus and flow for me. In the summer when my kids are home all day and busy – I find myself putting off my writing tasks OFTEN. It’s a priority, but I’m NOT prioritizing MY need for quiet, uninterrupted work over their activities. If this describes you, it’s time to block out some time for your priorities or even to set up childcare or activities for the kids so you can clear your head and get to the tasks on your plate.
Your Sanity Assignment
- List five tasks on which you’ve been procrastinating.
- For each, identify the very next action that needs to take place to push that task forward.
- Now estimate how long that very next action will take you to complete.
- Next, prioritize each according to which will deliver the highest return on investment.
- Next block out time for these five and get them scheduled on your calendar.
No more excuses–just get it done.
What fuels procrastination for you? What have you developed to identify your blind spots and help yourself GET IT DONE? Please share in the comments below!