There are several reasons why people put things off or delay getting started.
Do you have "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Syndrome"?
Give some thought as to why you are avoiding a project or a task and then take the steps to change:
Are you overwhelmed? If the task is too overwhelming, break it down. If it is still too overwhelming, break it down again. Taking smaller steps to get something done is much more productive than not doing it at all!
Are you being realistic? It's possible that if an item keeps showing up on your to-do list and is repeatedly bumped to the next day, it might be because it isn’t that important to you. Ask yourself if it is really your goal. It could be someone else’s goal, or their goal for you. Figure out if you want to do it or let it go by either delegating it to someone else or just not doing it at all!
Are you DISTRACTED? It is important to set aside a specific time to accomplish the task. You might need to go somewhere quiet where the interruptions of children, television, the telephone or your computer will not interfere. Figure out what is causing you to be distracted and make the necessary adjustments to eliminate those interruptions.
Do you just HATE the job? Try swapping the task with someone else who is willing to do the job you hate and then return the favor and do something for them that they don't want to do.
Do you feel UNDER-QUALIFIED? Perhaps you have not tackled a project because you don't know how to do it or don't think you can do it correctly. Don't be afraid to ask for help! If need be, do some research, take a class or hire a professional to show you how to do it or have them actually do the job for you.
With these tips, you will get rid of the "Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Syndrome", stop procrastinating and get those tasks done!
If you need some help getting organized, you are feeling overwhelmed and don't know where to start, don't hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to cure you of the Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda Syndrome!
Have a great week!