Have you ever experienced thinking about a lot of things and that you are so confused as to where you begin from your to-do list?
Have you tried putting it off and rushing once you start? Have you given up something you have always wanted because you think there’s no hope for revival?
Do not worry. You are not alone. We’ve all been there. We all faced struggles, and we’ve been overwhelmed with the millions of things we need to do. Here are some ways to beat procrastination and perfectionism. Make your life more meaningful by living genuinely and authentically.
Ask Yourself Why You Are Doing a Certain Task and What Are Its Benefits
Asking these questions to yourself can change your perspective dramatically. You begin to understand more the essence of the task, and you become more motivated in finishing it. Instead of thinking that washing the dishes can be annoying, think in a more positive way like it’s a journey towards a clutter-free and clean home. If you keep this in your mind, washing dishes will no longer be a chore but a part of your clutter-free routine.
Procrastination manifests when we devalue a task. You don’t care about it, neither its benefits. We think of exercise as tiring because you need to pack up and head to the gym instead of thinking about its long term benefits. We’re supposed to like exercising because it’s for our benefit, right? Reframe your attitude and be inclined to the positive line of the graph. Do not just finish your project on time to please your boss. Think about finishing it on time so that you will have more time for your family and friends.
Try listing down the benefits of a task, and you’ll be amazed at how your intrinsic motivation will drive you closer to your goal.
Break Down Big Tasks Into Smaller Steps
So now you’re done reframing your mind. Now you’re confused as to where to begin and how to start.
Sometimes one task can be overwhelming, and putting it off for the next day would be a great idea. Well, mind you, putting it off will only cause things to swell up, and you wouldn’t want that. Instead, start with something small. Great things come from humble beginnings. Say you want to live a healthy diet. Start with something healthy you love to eat. A zucchini maybe? Great! Add that to your meal. Do not flood your mind with thoughts as it may overwhelm you. Take one step a time, and you’re halfway there.
Try listing down three simple steps you can do to eat healthily. These three simple steps are easy to follow, and once you accomplish it, it’s easier for you to add more steps to your list. You’ll see some progress in no time, and you’ll be very proud of yourself. That itself becomes your driving force.
Stop Thinking and Start Acting
You’re done with the first two steps. Again, do not be overwhelmed with what to do next. Just do it. Start. Push yourself. Instead of thinking about it, act it out already. Beginnings don’t need to be perfect. It’s all about starting and trying something you think you can never do.
Move Your Body
Move your body to hype you up! When your physical vibe is stiff and stagnant, so does your mind. There’s a direct correlation between our mind and body, so move your body to let motivation flow through.
When you start moving your body, do something that best works for you. Energize your body, and you’ll start feeling like getting things done so hooray to that!
Accept the Fact that Not Everything You Want Might Surface
Understand that there is always “bad” and the “good” in everything. Not everything you hoped for might come out, but they are all experiences that ought to be learned. Growing up, we are taught that bad things make us suffer, and we should be punished if we contribute to bad outcomes.
Bad experiences are not that bad, after all. Redefine badness, and you’ll transform your perspective. What if those adverse outcomes lead to more magnificent paths? What if experiencing bad gives you more wisdom and learning?
Whatever bad comes your way, choose to interpret it in a way that feels good to you. Instead of dwelling with the negativity, approach it with vigor and enthusiasm.
Always start with what you love the most. If you haven’t found what you love yet, start with something that interests you. Start with what makes you feel good. You’ll be surprised how far you’ve come and that you’ll finish it in no time.