Most of us procrastinate because we’d rather do something fun. It rarely works to tell us to buck up, grow up, and get it done, dammit!
My procrastinating clients do better using these tactics that make tasks more fun. Might one or more help you?
Honor your inner hedonist. Keep your fun-loving voice ever whispering in your ear: “How could I make this stupid task more fun?” Examples:
Gamify. Could you embed a game within your task? Examples:
Picture it. Picture the benefit(s) of getting the task done, for example, getting your boss or spouse off your back and having the time do fun stuff, guilt-free. Also picture the liabilities, for example, risking getting let go and having to pound the pavement. You might even do a Google image search so you can literally picture the benefits you’ll get from doing the task and the liabilities if you don’t. Post those pictures where you’ll always see them: next to your computer, on your refrigerator, whatever.
Of course, some tasks can’t be fun and simply must get done—a root canal comes to mind---but more often than we might think, you can make that crappy task at least fun enough.
Marty Nemko was named “The Bay Area’s Best Career Coach” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian and he enjoys a 96 percent client-satisfaction rate. In addition to his articles here on PsychologyToday.com, many more of Marty Nemko's writings are archived on www.martynemko.com. Of Nemko's seven books, the most relevant to readers of this blog is How to Do Life: What They Didn’t Teach You in School. His bio is on Wikipedia.