Everyone starts big projects and gets overwhelmed by them sometimes. They can take a long time to complete and problems crop up so you wonder whether it is worth carrying on.
But you know you won’t achieve anything of you give up, so what you have to so is find ways to stick at a project.
1. Break the task down into manageable chunks
One of the most important ways to manage your workload and stick at a project without being overwhelmed by it is to break tasks down into manageable bits.
For instance, you might want to set yourself a small task to read one chapter; to write a one page; to work for 45 minutes. Then once you’ve done that, you could allow yourself a break of 5 or 10 minutes and then do another 45 minutes of work.
You’ll get through your workload more happily and therefore more efficiently for allowing yourself to do this, because your brain can focus totally on the immediate task at hand because it knows you will be fair and give it a break then.
2. Reward yourself
Always remember to reward yourself for being motivated in doing a job or task; this encourages motivation by dwelling on your strengths and making sure that you know you can be successful. That helps you stay in a positive frame of mind, rather that going into panic mode that you can’t do something.
3. Look at the problem from a different angle
If you feel you are getting stuck, rather than just stopping work and giving up, look to a different strategy. Remember, anxiety will slow you down.
Breaking off from a task for a long time and doing something else won’t relieve the anxiety that you can’t actually do the task. Working out how to solve the problem will help you complete the task and get it off your mind.
4. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today
It’s an old saying but there is a lot of sense in it. Putting off difficult choices or unpleasant tasks will just make it harder to tackle them in the future.
Don’t delay the task until what you think is the perfect time or perhaps when you’re in the mood. That perfect time will never come. Start now.
5. Take regular breaks and get plenty of sleep. If you’re tired or there are just too many thoughts buzzing around your head, you’ll procrastinate because thinking straight has just becomeway too difficult.
6. Don’t multitask
This can be counterproductive. That muddies the waters in the same way as fatigue does because you’re never sure what to concentrate on and your mind keeps straying back to the other tasks you have lined up and slotted in between.
Simply begin a project and finish it before you move on, so you plough all your energies into that one project and get it done quicker and better.
7. If you have several priorities competing for your time, give yourself a sense of accomplishment by actually completing the easiest task first.
It will feel so good once it’s ticked off your list of things to do. You will have got somewhere with your time and effort and your subconscious mind soaks up the idea that you can be a success, so you stay in a positive and productive frame of mind.
8. Keep your workspace organized so that you can concentrate on each project rather than what clutter is surrounding you.
9. Eliminate any possible distractions before beginning a large or complicated task.
10. If you feel you are getting tired of the task and there is a long way to go, get to where it’s beyond the half way point before you stop. When you go to pick that up again, you’ll actually have less than have to do! That’s a great psychological boost which gets you motivated to start work again.
Following these tips should help you to stick at any project, large or small, which you need to tackle.
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