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.
What you resists persists. 1a) So think of every aspect of procrastination that you resist. 1b) Then, feel your resistance to each aspect of procrastination. 2a) Think of every aspect of procrastinating on a specific task that you resist. 2b) Then, feel your resistance to each aspect of procrastinating on a specific task that you resist. 3a) Think of every potential negative consequence of procrastination. 3b) Then, feel your resistance to every potential negative consequence of procrastination.
4a) Think of every potential negative consequence of procrastinating on a specific task 4b) Then, feel your resistance to every potential negative consequence of procrastinating on a specific task….If you do all of the exercises above repeatedly, you break down much of the resistance you have to putting things off. The more you do the exercises above, the more resistance you eliminate. The less resistance there is to procrastinating, the easier it is for you to actually do the task right away. People think their negative thoughts and negative feelings towards procrastination should discourage them from putting things off but it actually has the opposite effect. The way to counter this is to be completely aware of those negative thoughts and negative feelings towards procrastination.
First, I wanna thank you for this long and valuable comment, I really appreciate you time writing this.Yes, without a doubt negative thoughts and how they are converted to negative feelings is a big reason why we procrastinate, and it’s a cycle that repeat itself over and over again, and the ultimate key above all is awarness. Because change only occurs with awarness, which something many people miss.