How can you motivate yourself to get things done instead of putting them off?

That depends on what you want to do and what you are doing.How important is it for you and what do you want to accomplish with it?

I have postponed a long time to go to the gym.I find sports delicious and when I go alone I can focus really well. I found out that it is a threshold to grab my stuff, jump on the bike and go there. One day I was fed up, I dressed up, grabbed my stuff, jumped on the bike and drove to the gym. Because I have gone more often, I also wanted to go more often and that threshold was getting lower. Now that threshold is no longer there and I feel good when I am at the gym.

If you really find it difficult to take that step alone, you can also ask a friend to help you.It often helps if someone gives you a boost, so you can continue to do it yourself later. Or you think: ‘ This message motivates me to do it myself, I’ve postponed it for too long and now I’m going to take action ‘. Good luck!

How often do you imagine things? How often do you experience crippling procrastination?

You have something to do, but since you still have so much time, “later” is also OK?

Wash the pots and pans off after dinner… It’s a tedious task for many, myself included.But the pots and pans do not wash themselves off. Often, the short pain of them to wash off immediately is preferable to letting them pile up on dried and stretched dishes that will still tail you the next morning. You stop it all in the dishwasher? OK then. But the analogy remains.

A well-known American “success book” is called “Eat that Frog“.It’s a metaphor to get things done that you don’t really like doing. Allegedly frogs do not taste really tasty. So the quicker you enter that frog, the quicker you are free to do the more plezaner things. Because the longer you let that frog wait, the worse he will taste and the more unpleasant the task.

By setting things that are relatively easy and simple, you make them more important and harder than they really are.

Keeping The thoughts out of your brain makes you free to do the more important things that bring you toward your goals.

Until you have done those unpleasant things, they will come to your mind to munch, in the most unexpected moments.Usually when you want to fall asleep: “I must not forget to…”

The less of that mess your mind tainers, the more clarity you have to do the most important and productive tasks.

A good way to overcome procrastination is to stay at something until it is done altogether. A to-do list can help.Write down everything you need to do one day and prioritise the tasks. You can experiment by deciding to get the annoying chores from your board first so that you can focus on more important things afterwards.

Or -whatever I do -write next to each item on your list the time required, which will give you an idea of how much you have to do.If you don’t have enough time, you’ll recheck your priorities.

Right how, take a decision and stay persevering with your plan. Review this method over a week and customize it to work for you.Until you have a viable method.

So you don’t get overwhelmed because there is too much on your plate. If you do have that feeling, it is useful to deliberately leave some things (not the dirty pots and pans) until you have the things back under control.

Another tip from the Zen masters. In Zen, the dishes do just the dishes.Nothing else gets in the way. Another example is eating: if you eat, focus purely on the process and give it all your attention. No TV, no radio or other distractions. Just Eat. That’s why zeners seem so calm!

I invite you to make your list, see if you have enough or too little time and ask yourself if you don’t spend time on unproductive activities.

And if there is a frog to eat, he will be killed without delay!

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