Are you a procrastinator? Many of us are. For me, the trouble with procrastination is that it causes me stress and anxiety in the long run. This is no good for our self-esteem or for our health. So check out the following 3 simple ways to make yourself complete your tasks on time.
1. Pester Yourself
It’s hard to ignore in-your-face reminders about completing tasks. So write to-do lists down and place them on your fridge, bathroom mirror, in your car, etc. Program your phone or computer to alert you when tasks need to get done and when you should start them. This can allow your mind to get in the habit of making your tasks a priority. Here’s an example: If you need to return clothes back to the store, place the clothes next to the front door so that you will remember.
2. Think Differently
For anxiety sufferers, completing tiny tasks can feel extremely overwhelming. But choosing to think differently about what you need to get done can change that. So the next time you need to get an oil change, instead of dreading it and putting it off until your car ends up overheating, say to yourself, “I am going to get this done right now. It will only take a maximum of 20 minutes and a huge weight will be lifted off of my shoulders.” What we say to ourselves has the power to deflate us or lift us up. So stop seeing everything as a huge pain in the butt and just do it.
3. Break Up Your To-Do’s
Breaking up your to-do’s can make your tasks seem a lot more doable and you will get a thrill out of checking things off so quickly. For example, if you need to send out thank you cards. Write down “1. Find cards. 2. Write them out. 3.Address them.” Ahhh, isn’t that simpler?
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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