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10 Wrong Moves That Stop You From Finishing What You’ve Started

10 Wrong Moves That Stop You From Finishing What You’ve Started

Procrastination is the easiest thing to do because you’re not doing anything! Get proactive and get to work! Start marking things off your To Do list when you read these 10 wrong moves that stop you from finishing what you’ve started.

1. You’re choosing the wrong starting point.

You have a daunting project looming over you, but you haven’t started yet. You just don’t know how to tackle it! You’re probably intimidated by the project because you’re choosing the wrong starting point. Look at your project from different viewpoints, and see if there might be a new way to approach it. You just might find a creative way that inspires you to get started, and you’ll finish your task in no time!

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    2. You’re striving for perfection.

    You want your project to be great, and that’s an understandable goal. But don’t strive for perfection. Do the best job you can do, of course, but if you want everything to be perfect, you might start worrying that it won’t be perfect. And that might keep you from starting in the first place. Devote yourself to the project and work as hard as you can, and you’ll get results you can be proud of.

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    3. You have a fear of failure.

    If you’re striving for perfection, then you probably have a fear of failure. You’re worried that your project won’t be good enough and you’ll be punished or ridiculed. Don’t even think about failure! The only way you can fail is to not do the project at all. Tackle your task and do the best job you can, and there’s no way you will fail.

    4. You underestimate the task.

    When you get your project, sit down and brainstorm. Think about different approaches and different goals. Think of how long it will take you to complete, and be realistic. Don’t underestimate the task! Don’t think you can complete it at the last minute. Break the task into smaller projects and set deadlines for yourself. Make sure you’re meeting each mini-deadline so you won’t miss your final due date.

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    5. You set multidirectional goals.

    You’ve studied your tasks and set deadlines and goals, but are your goals straightforward? Don’t set multidirectional goals that might lead you astray. It’s good to try different approaches to your project, but don’t explore a different path that will keep you from reaching your goals.

    6. You’re not making decisions.

    Be proactive with your project! Don’t get stuck on something just because you can’t decide what to do. Spending too much time pondering the possibilities and the outcomes will make your project stall, and your inspiration will fade right along with it. Be decisive! Make decisions so your project will keep moving forward.

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    7. You’re not allocating time.

    Talk about procrastination! Not devoting time to your project is just like procrastinating. Make sure you’re giving yourself enough time to complete the tasks you’ve assigned yourself until you finish. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and pat yourself on the back when you finish the project, so don’t waste time doing nothing now.

    8. You’re not moving forward.

    All of these steps will help you move forward. Make decisions, set goals, be realistic about what you want to achieve and what you can achieve. This will give you inspiration and drive to complete your project, and have fun along the way!

    9. You’re not focusing.

    Your project is in the works, but you’re not making any progress. You’re devoting time, you’re making decisions, you have goals, but nothing is working. Are you focusing on your project? You might not be devoting your entire self to the purpose. Make sure you focus on your project so it will go smoother and you’ll feel more connected to the whole thing.

    10. You don’t have an end in sight.

    You have a task to complete but you don’t know how it’s going to turn out. That’s OK at the start, but make sure you envision the end goal. It’s the light at the end of the tunnel! You need to have a general idea of how your project is going to turn out so you know what you’re striving for.

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    Last Updated on April 6, 2020

    15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

    15 Best Productivity Hacks for Procrastinators

    Let me guess.

    You should be doing something else rather than reading this article. But due to some unknown force of nature, you decided to procrastinate by reading an article about how to hack procrastination. You deserve a pat on the back.

    Fortunately, procrastination is not a disease. It’s just a mindset that can be changed, however, here are some productivity tips you need to start getting work done:

    First, you need to acknowledge that procrastinating is an unhealthy habit. Not only you’re prioritizing unimportant things, basically, nothing gets done. Still unsure if you’re a procrastinator? Check out this article: Types of Procrastination (And How To Fix Procrastination And Start Doing)

    Second, your commitment to change is very important. You should be physically, emotionally, and mentally determined to change this habit. If not, then you’ll just succumb to the tempting lure of doing other things rather than your tasks or chores.

    Here are sthe best productivity hacks to improve productivity and keep yourself from procrastinating at work:

    1. Give (10+2)*5 a Try

    Let’s start with a classic but very effective hack called (10+2)*5 created by Merlin Mann,[1] author of 43Folders.com. Don’t worry. This is not a complicated Mathematical formula you need to solve.

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    The (10+2)*5 simply means 10 minutes work + 2 minutes break multiplied by 5, completing 1 hour. It is crucial to stick with the time limits and not skipping work and break schedules. The point of this is for you to create a jam-packed routine of work and break schedules. The result? You will eventually skip your break schedules.

    2. Use Red and Blue More Often

    Clean your desk and remove things that might distract you. According to a Science Daily study[2] about which colors improve brain performance, red was found out to increase attention to details while blue sparks creativity. Surrounding your workplace with these colors not only benefits your brain, it’s also pleasing to the eye.

    3. Create a Break Agenda

    List all the things you want to do on your break, be it surfing the web, checking your emails, snack time, taking selfies, Facebook/Twitter—everything.

    Like the (10+2)*5 hack, squeeze these in between work time but the difference is you schedule these activities for ONLY 20 minutes. Eventually, you’ll take your break minutes wisely. You’re finishing tasks while sidetracking to doing the things you enjoy.

    4. Set a Timetable for Your Tasks

    Like any other habits, procrastinating is a tough wall to break. Replace this habit with another habit. When you’re assigned a task, set a timetable for each step. Let’s say you have a big research task. Here’s a sample timetable:

    9:00 – 9:10 am – Set up all your tools, browser tabs, emails, coffee, etc..
    9:10 – 10:00 am – Internet research
    10:00 – 10:45 am – Look through existing files
    10:45 – 11:00 am – Break time!
    11:00 – 12:00 pm – Outline the research report

    Deadlines are the best hack for getting things done. Setting a specific time to finish a task creates time pressure even if the deadline has passed.

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    5. Take It Outside!

    Do yourself a favor and don’t ruin the comfy vibe of your home. If you need to work on a stressful project, do it in a library or coffee shop. You’ll never finish it anyway. Your cozy sofa and toasty bed will just lure you into napping yourself to doom.

    6. Become Productively Lazy

    Instead of finding all sorts of ways to unproductively procrastinate, use your habit to look for shortcuts and new ways to finish your tasks. Staple multiple papers at a time or master the 3-second t-shirt folding technique. A strong drive combined with laziness sometimes bring out the productive and creative side you never knew you have!

    7. Assign a ‘Task Deputy’

    It could be your colleague, your supervisor, or your significant other, anyone who has the unforgiving guts to reprimand you when you procrastinate. You could go the extra mile by paying up unfinished tasks or times you open your Facebook or watch a funny cat video on YouTube. Let’s see how five bucks every time you procrastinate will change you.

    8. Consider a Gadget-Free Desk

    According to a study by Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, average users check on their phones 150 times per day and having your phone just an elbow away just creates sizzle to this habit.[3]

    Removing mobile devices and gadgets allows you to focus on your work without the constant interruption from notifications, calls, and text messages. It eliminates the very distracting ambiance and the urge to unlock your phone just because.

    9. Prepping the Night

    Before hitting the sack to oblivion, prepare everything you’ll need the next day. This will probably take you 15 minutes tops, saving you more time for coffee in the morning.

    Spin class at am? Pack up your gym clothes, shoes, socks, etc. or better, create a checklist so you don’t miss anything. You can also prep your food into containers and just grab one before leaving.

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    10. Do a 7-Minute Workout in the Morning

    Exercising is proven to increase productivity and stimulate release of endorphin or “Happy Hormones”.

    Take a jog outdoors and get warmed up for the day. Don’t feel like running outside? Hop on a treadmilli. It’s a great investment and there are a lot of ways you can use a treadmill like endurance running and metabolism training. On a budget? Here’s a 7 minute, no-equipment needed workout you can do at home:

    11. Set-up Mini Tasks

    If you’re given a big project, break it down into mini tasks. Create a checklist and start with the easy ones until you finish. Got an article to write? Just start with the title and the first sentence. Or perhaps you have a visual presentation to make?

    Spend 15 minutes on your outline, take five minutes coffee break, then finish the first two slides. Accomplishing something, no matter how tiny, still gives you that sense of fulfillment.

    12. Create an Inspirational Board or Reminder

    I found these mini desk chalkboards from Etsy you can use to write motivating quotes.

    Or you know what? Simply write “Do it now!” and stare at it for 10 seconds every time you feel like dropping by on Reddit.

    13. Redecorate Your Room

    Redecorating my room motivates me to maintain that ‘new’ look for some time until I get use to it and eventually stop. So I redecorate again and again, it became a monthly habit really. Here are some DIY ideas you can do to any room without spending much.

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    14. Ready Your Nibbles

    You know that trip to the pantry? It’s just seconds away but it took you several minutes just to get your fruit snacks in the fridge. Before starting a task, prepare your nibbles on your desk to avoid zoning out and losing yourself on the way to the pantry.

    Bonus productivity hacks you can do at home:

    15. Schedule Your Chores

    Write down your chores in a weekly basis with matching day and time when you should be doing these.

    For the artsy folks, you can create fun chore charts like these or simply stick the list somewhere visibly annoying e.g. mirrors, doors, TV. The trick is listing as many chores as you can for the week and including unfinished chores the following week. Who likes seeing a long list of chores first thing in the morning?

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