1 | Put the task on your calendar
People work much more focused and efficiently when they know there is enough time.
That is why planning things in advance is better than doing everything at the last minute.
Every morning, having breakfast before work, open your to-do list and check emails and messages received. Then, distribute the tasks according to the calendar, giving each of them their necessary time.
A task list is obviously a good thing, but a calendar is better.
The calendar provides a more accurate idea of time. When examining the task list, you are unlikely to be able to quickly determine how many days or hours have been allocated for each specific item.
With the calendar, everything is more visible. This method offers two advantages: it makes you look at time as a resource and reminds you of your future tasks.
2 | Tell others about your plans
We are all very good at telling ourselves lies.
We are able to convince ourselves that we first watch this funny video on YouTube and then move on to work with full force.
But as soon as the first video ends, we move on to the second, the third … and when we realize it, we lose several hours of work.
When talking to other people, this trick does not stick.
So, tell your colleagues, or someone you trust, about the things you planned to do today.
Ask them to remind you and charge you: knowing that you are being “watched” will make you much more disciplined.
After all, you don’t want to arrive at the end of the day and tell them that you haven’t done anything, right?
3 | Do something more unpleasant
Are you screwing up to start something?
Find another task that you like to do less. So, the first one will look better and easier.
You will even find a way to make the first one faster.
Escaping to another task is even more productive than hanging around with useless things.
Instead of jumping from video to video, avoiding a task, go pack up the house, a folder or drawer!
Routine tasks leave our minds scattered, which is ideal for reflecting on your main task.
4 | Promise to focus for just five minutes
Do you have a plan in mind, but you can’t stop and start?
Take out your cell phone and set a five-minute timer.
Focus on the task for this time, without being distracted by anything. No multitasking. After all, what is just five minutes, isn’t it? You can do that!
However, the trick is that when the time is up, you will probably continue on the task.
And if you have planned something that takes just two minutes to resolve, stop everything and resolve it immediately, so that it no longer disrupts your day, diverting your attention from the things that really matter.
5 | Divide the task into small parts
Any large and complex task ends up inhibiting us.
Small things, however, we prefer to solve soon and get rid of.
So, the best way to solve something big and unpleasant is to divide the project into several small tasks.
Create several sub-items for you to cross out one by one. This will encourage you to perform more and more tasks!
6 | Reward yourself
Do you know what I, you and the dogs have in common? We all like rewards!
Dog trainers know that a snack helps reinforce learning.
So, promise yourself something pleasant before starting an unpleasant task. Finish the task and reward yourself. Simple and effective!
It may even be with food, but don’t limit yourself to that. It could be watching another episode of your favorite series, a game, or spending time on social media without guilt.
This is also how the Pomodoro technique works: work 25 minutes without distractions and get a 5 minute break. What about?
7 | Consult colleagues
Haven’t you started work yet? Why not ask your colleagues to help you and discuss a project with them?
The ideas that will come out of this conversation will help you focus on the task. The attention of colleagues will also motivate you.
As has already been said, when other people expect you to do a task, you are encouraged to meet their expectations.
People are social beings, they need each other. There is nothing wrong with asking others to help you with ideas on how to start a difficult task. And it really works.