In this article, I’d like to share with you practical strategies on how to get stuff done when you don’t want to.
Many times throughout our journey in this life, there are lot of things that we don’t want to do, but we have to do them, otherwise there are going to be severe repercussions.
To loosen up this burden, you need some tools. Forcing yourself, and relying on willpower alone doesn’t work in the long run.
So, here are 3 of my favorite strategies that will help you to get stuff done when you don’t want to:
Strategy #1: Implementation-Intention
One way to get yourself doing something is to plan out when and where to execute the task.
Having a to-do-list is perfect tool to make it work. When you are writing your tasks, especially for the most important ones, write next to them, the location, and the time.
When you intentionally want to do something, you’re preparing you whole psyche for it, and attack it it’s going to be a lot easier.
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Strategy #2: Temptation Bundling
This strategy is unique. Most people are doing it, but they aren’t aware of it.
Usually we procrastinate on something because it’s painful, and you feel this kind of a big bowl in your chest just for the fact of thinking about it.
So, the trick to bring something in the present moment that will make you feel good while doing the task that it feels hard to do.
- You want to study, but you don’t like it? Just bring some beverages, or snacks while studying, and go in a place that you like.
- You can’t go to the gym? Listen to your favorite podcast, or audio book wile lifting weights.
Also one great thing that I noticed by implementing this strategy, just by thinking about the thing that you like, your brain will release a chemical called dopamine which will motivate you to action.
Strategy #3: Break it down
Simply break down the task into small pieces that you know you can achieve.
Let’s say you want to write a book. It’s pretty intimidating as a whole project at first.
Instead of going aimlessly, I’d suggest to bring a piece of paper and write down how many sessions of 15 minutes that you need to finish the book and spread them throughout the next days.
And each time, you accomplish a session cross it off.
Plus, don’t forget to give yourself a break between each task to recharge your batteries to remain your cognitive performance. for long hours.
You can apply this tactic for any project, or task that you don’t want to do.