We all have one of those tasks every now and then. The one that you know you've got to get done but every time you think about it your heart sinks and you try and think of a trillion other things to do instead.
You start off feeling motivated and then lose momentum... a little while later you're no further on and you know that the procrastination has to stop.
For me, it's filing my Tax Self Assessment. Urgh, the thought of it just gives me shivers.
Whatever it is for you, there are ways you can shake off the lack of focus and get that job done. Here are my top tips to finish what you start:
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Create some non negotiable chunks of time in your diary when you promise yourself you'll focus on moving forward. Bitesize chunks are better than no size chunks!
Is your goal still the same?
As time has passed, maybe the reason you're procrastinating on this project is that subconsciously your goal or focus has changed. Do you need to tweak the parameters to make it fit more with your current business plan?
Plan it out
Make a note of your end goal, and capture all of the steps you need to go through to get there.
Prioritise the order these need to be completed and make a note of any resources/support you might need at any point. Depending on how you work, you might want to do this as a mind map, timetable, or a Trello/Asana board.
If this project is a biggie, and you really need help staying on track to complete it, why not consider creating a vision board to always keep you on point? This daily visual reminder by your desk will be a big help, I promise!
Mindset your way to greatness
Once you've decided you WILL complete this task, you're halfway there. Be committed, and tell yourself that you will finish this task. By approaching this from a positive place, rather than a drag that you have to get finished, you'll be happier and in turn, more creative.
Get support if you need it
There are so many ways that you could move forward quicker if you get a little extra help. From a coach to help keep you accountable, to outsourcing a part you find tricky (a website designer or copywriter, for example) - this might be the difference between spurring you into getting it finished and it languishing as incomplete forever.
And lastly... make sure you celebrate every tiny win - this is my business mantra and it really helps keep me positive and motivated.
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And good luck finishing that task!!
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