Going to the gym. Practicing a new skill when you have no skill. Giving bad news. Dealing with tech support.
We all have to make ourselves do things that we just don’t want to do. Here are some tricks I’ve learned that help me power through the procrastination.
1. Do it first thing in the morning.
If you’re dreading doing something, you’re going to be able to think of more creative excuses as the day goes along. Without delay is the easiest way. Note, however, that if you’re a night person, “first thing in the morning” might be 10 a.m.
2. If you find yourself putting off a task that you try to do several times a week, try doing it EVERY day, instead. When I was planning my blog, I envisioned posting two or three times a week. Then a blogger acquaintance convinced me that I needed to post every day. As counter-intuitive as it sounds, I think it’s easier to do it every day (well, except Sundays) than fewer times each week. There’s no dithering, there’s no juggling. I know I have to do it, so I do. If you’re finding it hard to go for a walk four times a week, try going every day.
3. Have someone keep you company.
Studies show that we enjoy practically every activity more when we’re with other people. Having a friend along can be a distraction, a source of reassurance, or just moral support.