You most likely have a slew of excuses for not getting things done. Many of them are beyond your control. Instead of focusing on things you can't control, concentrate on the biggest impediment, the one over which you have the most control: yourself.
You're probably getting in your own way, so here are ten things to help you get out of it. Even if you only do three, you'll be able to get things done.
1. Keep in mind why you're doing it
It is critical to understand why you are doing something in order to complete it. Humans despise doing things for no apparent reason. Whether it's doing the dishes, starting a business, or filling out job applications, everything must contribute to a greater good. If it doesn't work, stop doing it.
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2. Consider the outcome
What are you going to gain by doing this? When you don't feel like doing it, think about the outcome you want. Consider how that outcome will improve your life, no matter how big or small the improvement is. If that outcome does not excite you, you are probably not doing it. Remove it from the list.
3. Concentrate on the essentials
Nothing saps your energy faster than working on or putting off tedious tasks that will not move you closer to your goal. For example, if you're starting a business, stop rearranging commas and periods in your business plan and go out and meet with some prospects. Sell something or solicit feedback to help you improve. Concentrating on what will make a difference will motivate you and increase your output.
4. Take in some music
Music is popular for a reason. It has a significant impact on how you feel. Use it as a tool to alter your mood to whatever you desire. Make a playlist of songs that motivate you to no end. Play it while working or procrastinating.
5. Get up and move around when you're tired
Perform some jumping jacks, simple exercises, or (my personal favorite) simply dance around for a few minutes. Contrary to popular belief, being active provides energy. Your body did not evolve to sit at a computer for hours on end. You can do it, but you must work to generate the necessary energy. Combine with point #4 to get faster results.
6. When you're feeling frustrated, meditate
You're probably overthinking things. Don't worry. For 10 minutes, sit in a comfortable position, relax, and take some deep breaths to clear your mind. If you truly want to increase your productivity, meditate before you become frustrated in order to keep your mind clear, relax, and avoid the frustration that prevents you from getting things done.
7. Quit comparing yourself to others
You understand how I feel. You're working on something when you realize it's not going to be as good as [insert celebrity, colleague, friend, or relative] would do it. It brings you to a halt. “Why bother?” you think to yourself. It's going to be a shambles in any case.” First and foremost, this is most likely not true. You're probably as good as, if not better than, that person. Second, don't worry if you can't do it as well as that person. This is practice to help you improve. There's no reason to stop in either case.
8. Let go of the ridiculous notion of perfection
Perfection is a theoretical concept with no real-world application. You're probably waiting for just the right conditions for it to be perfect. It will never happen. That's fine. You only have two options: be imperfect or be nothing. Stop putting off learning something new, getting another opinion, or making one more change. Just be okay with flaws.
9. Give yourself a lot of pats on the back
Your desire for instant gratification is most likely preventing you from completing tasks. You're checking Facebook to see if anyone has commented on your status update, or you're checking Twitter for an endorphin rush. You'll most likely get it there. But if you've made it this far, you're eager to get things done. Instead of turning to social media for instant gratification, tell yourself how great you are after each small accomplishment. I'm going to do that after I finish writing these ten things. It is effective.
10. Assist someone else
We enjoy assisting one another. Humans find it addictive. When you're stuck on a project and can't seem to get anywhere, pick up the phone and call someone who can assist you. Provide some guidance, feedback, or expertise. This will provide you with a sense of accomplishment. You'll feel good about yourself and happy that you made a difference in someone else's life. That is a far superior endorphin source than Facebook.
There are always external factors over which you have no control. They're bad, but focusing on them won't help. Concentrate on any three of these ten things to get more done and feel better about your accomplishments.
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You have heard it all before: "Live life to the fullest", "follow your dreams", "be who you are" and "if it is meant to be, it will be". These are all wonderful quotes that are meant to help you live a happy life but they miss the point. Our lives are interconnected with each other and with the world.
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