It’s about this time every year that we set our goals for the New Year. Twelve months later, we will probably achieve only a few of them. Why? Our procrastination! Here are some advice on how to achieve your goals this year!
1. Don’t blow tasks out of proportion
Stop telling yourself that your career, the future of your business, and even your success in life hinges on the outcome of this one action that you have to take. If you do this, you’re just going to put so much pressure on yourself that you’ll be looking for any excuse you can find to avoid taking the necessary action.
2. Stop all-or-nothing thinking
Don’t tell yourself that if you can’t do something perfectly, you might as well not do it at all. Imperfect action is better than perfect inaction.
3. Break tasks down into smaller pieces
One of the main reasons that people procrastinate is because the project that they need to tackle is so big, that they don’t know where to start. What you need to do is break the project down into small pieces, so that they feel manageable.
4. Keep track of how you spend your time.
Grab a notebook and a pen; for an entire week, write down everything that you do and how much time you spend on it. You may be shocked to discover that you waste enormous amounts of time aimlessly surfing the web or checking your facebook. Ask yourself how your life would improve if you used that time productively instead.
5. Set a timer
When you’re going to start working on a task which you’ve been avoiding, set a timer for a specific amount of time–for example, forty minutes–, and tell yourself that you will not take your focus off the task until the timer rings. When the timer rings, take a short break; then, set the timer for another forty minutes and do it again.