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Motivate Yourself To Make Progress

Set A Goal – Write It Down – Get Started

Getting over procrastination takes action. Of course, that is easier said than done. Today I’m going to share a simple three-step process with you that will help you get off your butt and get more done than you ever thought possible.

it all starts with a goal. You have to know what it is you want to accomplish. if you don’t know what your goal is, it’s hard to know what you should be doing first or what you should be doing right now to move in the right direction. So what do we do instead? Anything other than the work we know needs to get done.

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your goal is simply putting what you know you need to get done into words. A good goal has defined parameters and a set deadline. That doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s a simple goal we all strive to accomplish. We have to file our taxes by April 15th. You have a pretty good idea of what paperwork you need, would forms you need to fill out, and where you need to turn them in. You also know what your deadline is. In other words, you have a well-defined goal when it comes to filing your income taxes. And yes, I realized most of us still procrastinate when it comes to this particular task. That’s why the remaining steps are just as important as the first one. For now, I want you to think about one thing you need to get done and turn it into a goal.

Write it down. I don’t care if you find a random scrap of paper, use your favorite notebook, or type a note to yourself on your phone. The important part is that you put your goal into writing. This does two things. First of all, it helps you clarify what your goal is. You have to get pretty specific when you try to put what you want or need to do into words. Secondly, writing it down gives you something to look back on. It serves as a reminder and as a tool that you can use when you are tempted to procrastinate.

Last but not least, it’s time to get started. That’s often the hardest part, isn’t it? You’re tempted to skip your workout until you lace up your shoes and get started. Once you’re off and running, it’s much easier to keep going. Once you have your goal written down, think about something you can do right now to move you in the right direction. Go do that. Then come back and do something else. Each morning, start by looking at your goal and challenge yourself to take action. Before you know it, you will have made some serious progress. And you’re starting to beat procrastination.

7 Hacks To Motivate Yourself To Make Progress

Ready to stop procrastinating and make some progress? Try one of these seven simple hacks to motivating yourself into action. Give them each a try over the coming days and weeks and find the ones that make the biggest difference for you. Whenever you find yourself procrastinating, come back to this list and employ one or several of these hacks. Your productivity will soar.

Tip #1: Pick Something Small

One of the big reasons we procrastinate is because something feels overwhelming. There’s too much too do, so we choose to forget about it for a little while. It’s a coping mechanism, just not a very productive one. Instead, pick one thing, something small that you can do right now to move you in the right direction. This creates momentum and forces you to take action.

Tip #2: Set A Time And Go

Another hack that works like a charm is to set a timer. Your phone has one built-in, as do most smartwatches. Set it for fifteen or twenty minutes and chip away at a task you’ve been procrastinating on. This works just as well for decluttering your closet as it does for filling out those dreaded expense reports. If twenty minutes feels too long, start with ten. Again, the goal is to start and do something.

Tip #3: Bribe Yourself

There’s nothing wrong with bribing yourself if that’s what motivates you. Work on a home improvement project for an hour and then watch an episode of your favorite show. Or promise yourself a new gadget or pair of shoes when you finish painting the living room. Come up with something that motivates you and go for it. Remind yourself of the prize at the end of the project whenever you’re tempted to put things off for another day.

Tip #4: Find An Accountability Partner

Find someone else who’s either trying to be more productive or beat procrastination themselves. Check-in with each other daily. Share what you want to accomplish and what you will get done today. Knowing you have to report to someone else makes you take action. It’s also motivating to see the other person do the same. Try it.

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Tip #5: Measure Your Progress

When you’re working on something long-term like losing thirty pounds, for example, it can be tempting to procrastinate because it doesn’t seem like you’re making much progress. Instead, prove to yourself that you are getting closer and closer by tracking or measuring it. Make a chart, use a spreadsheet, and keep a journal. Find a way to measure your progress and use it to motivate yourself to keep going.

Tip #6: Remind Yourself Of Your Why

There’s a reason you’ve decided to do that thing you keep putting off. Think about why you want to get it done. Is it so you get your tax refund? So you can run around with the kids? So you can find the clothes you actually want to wear? Find out you are why. Write it down and then keep it front and center. Look at it every day before you get ready to get to work.

Tip #7: Just Start

I’ve saved the best for last. It’s the easiest but also the most powerful. Hear this. Just get started. That’s right, sometimes all you have to do is just get moving in the right direction. Do something. Do anything. Even if it’s something super small. You get over that initial hump and start to build some momentum.

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Veronica
22 days ago

Great tips!

The Drama Free Club
22 days ago

This is a much needed post. It was uplifting and empowering. Thanks for sharing 😊

Jodie
22 days ago

What a motivating post! You’ve really provided me with some food for thought on ways to keep myself moving forward. Thank you for sharing!

Kae
22 days ago

You shared some great tips. Like your last point says, sometimes we need to motivate ourself to just get up and start! Once we do that, it’s surprising how much the rest just flows.

Jamieadstories
22 days ago

I like the bribe yourself idea. It is hard to get motivated.

Kim Duffy
22 days ago

Great information, thank you!!

Bailey Bachman
21 days ago

Really great tips!

Serena
21 days ago

I loved this thanks for helping me stay motivated

Charity
Charity
20 days ago

These are such great tips to avoid procrastination and get things done! Thanks so much for sharing!

Rosie
20 days ago

Excellent tips! I so badly need this since I’m prone to procrastinate sometimes. I do the remind-oneself-of-the-why, too, and it does help.

Lauren
Lauren
20 days ago

These are some really helpful tips to help keep growing and living life. Thank you for sharing your suggestions.

Lauren

Tigs
Tigs
20 days ago

I think I just get lost in to do lists and never measure progress which I realise now motivates you more- thank you!

Molly Transatlantic Notes

I think this was perfect to read right now as I am definitely in a bit of a stuck spiral — thanks for this!

Lisa
19 days ago

Just the thought of getting started on some tasks is often enough to make me want to give up! But you’re right, starting small is the best way, as is finding an accountability partner (usually my husband!)

Becky
16 days ago

Great post! We all need to find fresh ways to stay motivated so will definitely be trying some of these ideas 💡

Hope
8 days ago

Brilliant article thanks for sharing