We all procrastinate and put things off because of the thoughts that run through our head. We may think that it will take us too long or it will require too much effort and no reward or simply because we cannot be bothered as there is not enough in it for us. Sometimes we may put things off because we thinks about all the negative points about the task and that can really hold us back.
But we say forget your thoughts and leave them behind. Jump into your task and you may wish you would have done it sooner. There is no better time to get up and do it then now.
1] The only person that can make the change is you
You are the only person between you and your goal. It is up to you to get up and start doing, nobody will ever do it for you or achieve the life you want for yourself. You have to be the one to do it. Motivate yourself everyday. Don’t be angry at yourself. Move on and focus on what you’ve got to do instead. You must always want the best for yourself, god does. It is up to you really, nobody cares but you. So go out and achieve all you want to, life it short. Aim for getting things done to the best of your ability as things will never be perfect. Imagining the perfect assignment, or project could be what’s holding you back.
“It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”
Leonardo Da Vinci
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.”
“The distance is nothing; it is only the first step that is difficult.”
Madame Marie du Deffand
“What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.”
2] Remove all distractions
You really need to remove all distractions from your life that stop you from focusing. That means putting away your smartphone, tablets and other distractions that keep you away from the task at hand. Find a place where you are comfortable and where it is quite so you can just get to work. If you like listening to music in the background to help you focus then do it, find things that work for you.
6 ways to help you eliminate distractions
1. Get off social media.
Cut out all digital influences for the time you work.
2. Give yourself frequent breaks.
3. Mind your physical health.
4. Turn off smartphone notifications.
5. Knock out the most dreaded (most difficult) duties first thing in the morning.
6. Eliminate or minimise negative people in your life.
“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
3] Set goals and make a to-do list
This is important. Always plan your day and some people use the notes app in their phone to make a note of all the things they need to do for the day and it really helps you complete your tasks for the day. That kind of structure brings some peace to the mind and heart. You should include both short-term tasks you need to finish daily and weekly, as well as long-term goals that may take months or even years to accomplish. Seeing it written down will help you plan out the various actions needed to meet all your goals. Avoid multitasking so you can focus on one goal at a time. Multitasking may make you feel like you’re accomplishing a good deal, but it actually prevents you from finishing tasks quickly and effectively.
Treat yourself when you complete major tasks.
“Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“If you want happiness for an hour — take a nap.’
If you want happiness for a day — go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year — inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime — help someone else.”
“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”
“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
“Think simple” as my old master used to say – meaning reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.”
Frank Lloyd Wright
“You wouldn’t worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.”
“When you say “yes” to others, make sure you aren’t saying “no” to yourself.”
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