Lucy asks: How can I stop procrastinating when I ae something to do that bores the hell out of me?

Q&A How can I stop procrastinating when I have something to do that bores the hell out of me?

 

We all have things that bore the hell out of us, Lucy!  Those tasks at are dull and make even doing the housework more interesting. I take it you mean that kind of thing?

Well, unfortunately for the most part we do have to get them done and might need to employ some tips and tricks to help us get through it.

Let me share what I do.  I have a lot of admin things to do as part of my business and with running a house and I’m really not keen on it at all – I would much rather be playing with the cats or digging in the garden, but they must be done to keep me in check and to make sure that I get paid and have business coming in!  As such I put systems in place to make sure that I do them.

I block out time and give myself a deadline to kind of force myself to get the work done.  I also like to give myself a bit of a treat in celebration for getting it done and out of the way.  The reason I chose to do it on Monday morning is that I start the week with the most difficult and boring thing so that the rest of the week will only get better.

Here are some tips  to get you out of procrastination and into doing mode!

1. Block out some time to concentrate solely on the task that needs doing.

2. Give yourself a deadline to make sure that you get it done and can see an end to it.

3. Plan for a bit of a treat for when you have completed the challenging work.

4. See the bigger picture of getting the work done e.g. small amounts of doing the boring task will save you from having to spend even more time on it when the big deadline comes around! (think self-assessment and other financial things!!)

5. Tell someone that you are going to be getting the task done, that way you will feel committed to getting it done.

6. Make the environment comfortable and productive.  Find some music that you feel good working with and that keeps you motivated.

7. Limit distractions by turning off our Facebook, Twitter, email etc notifications and turn off your phone until the work has been completed.

8. Make sure that you have everything that you need before you sit down and start working.

9. Scheduling in tasks so that you can break them up, doing a bit of the boring thing for the morning, then doing some gardening or other light activity, can help break up the task and make it easier to work on.

10. Create a list or plan, so that you can cross things off as you get them done, it will keep you focused and visually you see that you’re not far from the end.

I hope that helps you, Lucy, and that you can get your boring task done without procrastination. Let me know how you get on, I’d love to update the post!

OVER TO YOU

Do you have any tips on how to stop procrastinating?  Share them in the comments below and I might just add them to a printable in the future!

If you have any questions you would like answering about productivity, well-being or life in general, please pop them in the comments or send me a message!  I’d love to help you on your journey!

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