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Who else gives themselves a pep talk when they have to complete something? I’m my own enemy when it comes to getting anything done. I know just what to tell myself in order to get out of doing anything.
“You can do it tomorrow!” “No one will know/care if you do/don’t complete this!” “Finishing this won’t matter – you’re going to fail.”
I can be pretty negative when it comes to doing something important. So how do I get it done?
I use multiple planners to keep track of various tasks. I have a mini Happy Planner that is dedicated to school-related tasks, so I map out what I need to read/write/take. I have a classic Happy Planner that is for life in general. School stuff goes in here as an overview, but so do chores, appointments, and things I’d like to accomplish. I just started using the classic student Happy Planner for things such as writing, blogging, social media, health, and, for now, a school overview. Being able to see what I have to do helps me stick to a schedule.
I’m a list-maker. I always have been, and I’ll guess that I always will be. I make lists in my planners, on scraps of paper, and on my phone. I get a sense of satisfaction when I check things off, and more so when ALL the tasks were checked off. That satisfaction is motivation for me, and makes it easier for me to do what needs to be done.
I know it sounds crazy, but trust me – talking! I do this by telling people what I’m going to do. If I put it out there, I’m more likely to do it. If I keep it to myself, it’s easier for me to talk myself out of doing it. So, I will tell my husband what I have to get done that week, and it helps keep me accountable.
This one depends on the task. If I’m cleaning house, I’ll watch YouTube videos or listen to music. If I’m studying, classical music. If I’m writing, I might watch TV. The background distraction is a huge help in getting something done.
This tactic helps more so in school-related tasks, but it helps! When I tell myself that I’m going to fail, or question why I’m in school, I have to tell myself that the payoff will be worth it. It is definitely easier said than done, but it is helpful.
As a bonus, here is a sixth way!
Faith is an important part of my life. Each week, I make a very broad prayer list, and then I pray over it. The prayers are more specific, but having that list helps me, and prayer helps me! If I know God is on my side, I know I can do it.