I sometimes find myself making excuses not to do something that I know needs to be done. Is it hard or is it laziness? I tell myself that I will do it later, tomorrow, or next week. The task may be difficult and may take some time to complete, but I think, at least for me, it comes down to plain laziness. Then after I have pushed off what was necessary for so long, I’m suddenly in a hurry to complete it with barely enough time to get it done. And with some sort of dual personality, I begin to kick myself for not getting it done sooner. Then my mind, my best friend at this time, chimes in. It begins to ridicule my actions or inactions, and this adds doubt to completing my overall goal.
Like everyone, it takes practice for me to overcome these limiting actions and to make sure I do what I need to do when it is needed to be done. Listed below are a few things that I do to help me move forward.
Have A Plan
It is a basic fact that if a goal is broken down into bit sized tasks, the overall goal is easier to complete. I try to make a list of things that need to be done each day. From the time I wake up there is a list of thing that I do to make sure that all my goals are completed for the day. I try my best not to push anything to the next, if it is possible. That is a sure way to begin to get behind schedule. Once the plan is in place, it must be adhered to , not only will everything get done, but measurable progress will begin to show.
Sometime it is necessary to take some time off. Going all out for an extended time will cause burn out. I have gone a week without doing anything, because I was so tired. I had been working for a few weeks straight and began to waver. Then after awhile, I just quit. Breaks and time off must be added to the schedule to avoid getting
overwhelmed. Noticed I said, “added to the schedule”? Do not take random breaks while trying to complete tasks, doing so may cause you to fall behind schedule. Breaks must involve something that has nothing to do with my tasks, it isn’t a break if all I do is continue to work on my plan while on my time off. Strictly observe breaks and then continue when it is time.
Adding to the feeling of joy when I have completed a goal, is another way to make sure I stay on track with what I am doing. Depending on the task, I may reward myself by buying myself something nice or going out for a nice dinner. Whatever you decide to do for you can be your reward, be sure to add lots of good feelings, this sends a physiological message to your subconscious that you did a great job and you are on the right path to achieving your dreams.