"To Do List" Crossroads Leads to Procrastination
Are you at a "To Do List" crossroads that is halting your forward progress? As a Real Estate Agent I see Sellers that want to Sell their home, but there are just too many things they have to do first. Sometimes it seems daunting.
There are things we want to do, and then there are the things we have to do. From the loads of laundry and drawers of unorganized bills, to a major project or that important conversation you haven't had with someone special - we tend to put things off. According to Psychology Today, "procrastination is putting off either starting or completing something that we’ve consciously agreed to do. It’s not the same as actively choosing to begin a project at a later time (either because there is adequate time, or because the benefits outweigh the costs of doing something right away). Additionally, procrastination is different from prioritizing another task as more pressing and thus, attending to that task first. Being able to prioritize is adaptive."
So what are you waiting for? Take advantage of these five tips for getting things done now.
1. Set Realistic Goals. It’s difficult to motivate yourself to work when you really don’t have a good idea of what you’re ultimately trying to accomplish. When approaching a task, think carefully about your short- and long-term goals. Make sure your goals are realistic and achievable, and don’t hesitate to rethink and redefine your goals as your situation demands.
2. Divide and Conquer. A task will often seem overwhelming because it demands a great commitment of time and energy. In such a case, dividing the task into smaller parts may help. Finding time to work on these subtasks will be easier as well, since you can fit small chunks of time into your schedule more readily than larger ones.
3. Use the Five Minute Plan. If you are having a difficult time motivating yourself to begin a task, give this strategy a try: figure out how much of the job you can accomplish in five minutes’ worth of work, then complete that amount of work and only that amount of work. The result of this exercise is that you’ll often find yourself wanting to finish. The starting was the just the hard part.
4. Reward Yourself. Make a contract with yourself. In exchange for services rendered (completing all or part of your work), reward yourself by giving yourself something you want. This could be a night out, a new toy or a shopping trip.
5. Visualize Success. Picture to yourself all the intermediate steps you took to finish the job. Think how good you’ll feel with all the work completed. Plan how you’ll then reward yourself. The key to effective visualization is detail: be specific in imagining the good things the future holds after your work is behind you.
Source: Carnegie Mellon University.
Is your procrastination stopping you from some important life plans like putting your home up for sale. Give me, Jeff Masich a call. I can help you from the real estate perspective with #1 setting realistic goals and # 5 visualizing your success.