How to beat procrastination

So you may begin the day with a To Do List. Organised... tick. Ordered…tick. Purposeful…tick.

When you take a look at the list, do you know notice some old tasks have crept on. They are outstanding and still hanging around. You know they have to be done but you haven’t quite got round to it. Yep, me too.

Sometimes these could be tasks that you know will get you results but yet there are still not completed. So why is this? Laziness? Lack of time?

I often find when I delve it a little deeper, it comes down to fear. I may not know how to get the task done. I may be worried about doing it wrong. So it is safer to do nothing.

Or it may feel like a huge stretch…completely out of my comfort zone and it will require me to step up and operate at a higher level.

I recently read Brian Tracy’s book: "Eat that Frog

Brian talks about beginning the day eating the frog, i.e completing the most difficult, challenging task. So therefore the rest of the day becomes easy. He says if you have two frogs to eat…eat the ugliest first!

Eat That Frog!: Get More of the Important Things Done - Today!

Here are five strategies to help you ‘Eat that Frog’.

1. Write down the ‘frog’- what exactly is it?

What is the ideal result you want? Write down each and every task you need to do.

2. What is the worst thing that can happen? You don’t get the desired result? Someone may say no? Write down the worst eventuality- it may not be as bad as you think.

3. Write down all the positives you are going to gain having completed the task and imagine you have completed it. Notice how that makes you feel. Elated? Relieved? Empowered?

4. Get motivated. Watch something, listen to music, wear something that makes you feel great. Get some moral support and get in the zone. Do what ever works for you.

5. Do it. Schedule the time and do the task. Put an incentive in place as a reward to receive after you have completed.