9. Change how you look at the task. Whatever the task, it is difficult or unpleasant , partly, because of what you tell yourself about it. Make it into a game, in your mind, and it will go quicker and will be easier.
10. Set up a series of rewards to give yourself once you complete different stages of the project. Once the reward is earned, make sure you give it to yourself. Also, make sure the reward is appropriate for the task. Finishing a two page introduction to a report does not earn you a new car. Maybe completing the whole project, if it is really a hugh project, might earn the car but not completing a part of it. Just make sure the reward is appropriate for the task and make sure you take it when the task is completed.
11. If you are just "not in the mood" to get started on your dreaded task, ask yourself. "Self, is there anything I'd be willing to do right now?" Find something, anything, that you can do and do it. It doesn't have to be related to the task, just something to start your motor going. Once you are going, it will be easier for you to move to being "on task".
12. If you are procrastinating out of fear,one thing you can do to eliminate the fear is to get more information about the project. As you fill in the blanks about what you need to do, what's missing, how to handle the task, etc. the fear will decrease and you will be able to get started.
13. If you are a perfectionist or have a strong desire to not make mistakes, you will have to recognize that these attitudes can be self-destructive because you can never know everything there is to know about anything. You will have to learn to take a risk. No one is right all the time and there comes a point where gathering more information or opinions won't help or add any more useful validity to the decision you have to make. Gather all the information you have, weigh the different outcomes and choose one and move on. Continuing to procrastinate will only make you more anxious. The best way to learn to do this is to start with something small. Start taking small risks where you are acting just a little out of your comfort zone. Slowly build up to the point that risk taking no longer stops you in your tracks.
14. Use positive self-statements to help you with your motivation. Repeat them to yourself and post them where you can see them. Positive statements such as: I do it now, I deserve the best, I am a success, etc. can be very motivating over time. I don't like writing psychological reports. It is the least fun thing about my career. To counteract my tendency to procrastinate about writing them, I keep a note taped to my computer that says, "JUST DO IT AND GET IT OVER WITH." Keep this as your philosopy and many of the tasks you don't want or like to do will become easier as you start them, keep the momentum going and then complete them
15. If you procrastinate because you are afraid something will go wrong, start by making a list of everything that could happen. Be as inventive as you can. Now go down your list and cross off everything that really looks rediculous. Read over your list once-in-awhile and you will learn, over time, that most of those things that you worried might happen, didn't happen.
16. Procrastination is sometimes the result of our not being committed to our goal..Sometimes this is because we are not sure we really want the goal. Stop and clarify your objectives. Make sure you are going after the right thing for you. If the goal or objective is not yours, you may want to rethink what you are doing. When we try to meet other people's goals for us, we lose our motivation. We gain the motivation when the goals are ours.
17. Sometimes we procrastinate because we really don't know what to do or how to do it. Maybe you need more education for the job or task you need to do. There are college classes, GED classes, online classes, and community classes you can take to improve your skills. If you see a job you want but you don't have the skills required, jump in and get those skills.
18. Get organized so you can take advantage of momentum. There is nothing worse for a procrastinator then to finally ger started and discover that you don't have everything you need to complete the task. You then have to stop and find whatever it is and then try to start again which wastes more time. Before you start, make sure, as best you can, that you have everything you will need to complete the project. Get started and keep the momentum going until you finish.