- 1. Write it Down
Think on paper. Never underestimate the power of the written word. Tasks are crystallized and given tangible form when you write them down. A task that you do not write down is just wishful thinking. It has no action behind it and this leads to confusion, vagueness, misdirection, and numerous mistakes.
2. Always begin with the largest, most difficult and most important task first.
You need to have discipline and persistence to begin immediately and keep going until the task is completed, before moving on to another task. Think of this as a test and, therefore, treat it like a personal challenge. Resist the urge to begin with the simpler task. Remind yourself, non-stop, that one of the key decisions you make each day is what task you will do immediately and what you will leave for later.
3. Stop sitting and looking at it for prolonged periods.
Developing the lifelong habit of tackling your greatest task first thing each day is the key to attaining efficient levels of performance and productivity. You must persist in developing this life-changing habit.
Like most people today, you are probably over- whelmed with so much to do and so little time. New tasks and responsibilities just keep rolling in as you struggle to get catch up with existing work. This makes it near impossible to do everything you have to. To make matters worse, you have begun procrastinating and have lost motivation.
The greatest factors in procrastination and lack of motivation are anxiety, confusion, and being unclear about what you are have to do and for what reason and in what order. Procrastination must be avoided by striving for greater clarity in your major tasks at hand.
A genius who talks a lot and makes wonderful plans while getting very little done will always be outdone by an average person who develops the habit of setting clear priorities and getting tasks completed. There are things that you can do to avoid procrastinating.
You are created in such a way that task completion gives you a positive feeling, both mentally and emotionally. You feel happier, more efficient and like a winner, when procrastination has been avoided. Your life, career, and well-being all benefit from developing the habit of starting and finishing important tasks. When you do, you will find it easier to finish important tasks than to not finish them.