Do you have a long or complicated task that you never seem to get to and you really don’t want to do? (Examples include cleaning out a closet, doing a report for school or work, doing your taxes, starting an exercise routine, etc.)
Set a timer for 10 minutes. Smart phones are great for this! If you are using a kitchen timer and the ticking is distracting, put the timer in a drawer so you can’t hear the ticking (but you are still able to hear the buzzer when it goes off.)
You are probably thinking, “There’s no way I can finish this task in 10 minutes.”
The trick is that most people find that they can do almost anything for 10 minutes! And they tell themselves that when they start, “It’s only 10 minutes.”
You might just find that you will continue after the 10 minutes, living proof of the physics theory…”“Bodies in motion, tend to stay in motion!”
But what if, for one particular project, you simply cannot bear to do it for more than 10 minutes. (Cleaning out the closet comes to mind!) No stress…keep at it daily (or a couple of times a week) for 10 minutes and before you know it, it will be done! Consistency is key.
Stay tuned for other procrastination strategies!