You, too, have it, right? That “It” project that’s been lingering around on your “To Do” list for a couple of months now? You know the one I am talking about … yes, it is the one that you stumble over on a regular basis, knowing that at one time “It” will have to be done, no matter what. It’s that project that you keep seeing on the periphery that just never seems to make it to the top of your priority list, while it actually should be there. Actually, “it” may even have a real name. It could be that project you’ll handle when you get “Around to It.” Whether you know it or not, that project is weighing you down, “it’ is a sore and tender spot on your conscience. “It” could even be making it harder for you to accomplish your other daily “Must Do’s.” Establishing the right goals help “getting it done”!
What is it that makes you put “It” off?
Here are a few ideas on getting “It” done and over with:
- Tell someone you’re going to do “It.”
Accountability is makes a huge difference! Having someone hold your feet to the fire, or just asking you a gentle question might be all you need to get “It” moving. Effective goal setting comes into play.
- Give “It” your best time frame.
Make a plan and estimate the number of hours you truly believe you have to dedicate in order to get “It” out of your way. Then evaluate your optimum time of day. Are you an early riser or a night owl? Do you do your best work in the middle of the night or the heat of the day? Maybe try switching it up. If you’ve been saving “It” for your prime time and it’s not happened yet, why not allocate some off hours? Once decided, block the time in your calendar and work your plan! Good goals will help again…
- Be prepared to give “It” a rest.
You’ve probably been putting “It” off because “It’s” a bear of a project. Cut “it” into manageable pieces and make sure you build in some break time. And not just some “put my feet up and watch the weather” break time. Studies show brief periods of exercise such as a brisk walk can really help you jump back into ”It” with new desire and energy.
- Make “It” a challenge.
It’s already challenging, of course, or you would have accomplished it months ago, but there’s nothing like a healthy bet with yourself (or someone else, if you like) to keep you motivated. If you estimate it will take you a full 12 hours to complete “It”, assign a goal-bust time. Race against your best estimate and complete it in 11 hours. Stretch goals will provide the right challenge.
- “It” deserves a prize.
Do not hesitate to give yourself a reward for a job well done. It could be something simple like having your favorite decadent dessert for dinner, or treating yourself (and your car) to the premium detail package next time it’s due for a wash, or allowing yourself an hour of relaxation in the middle of the day, or … you get the drift..
Whether “It’s” reorganizing your desk, cleaning the garage, entering data into your contact management system, or catching up on hand-written correspondence … you’ll be glad to get “It” out of your way! Achieving your goals should always cause celebration…
Don’t hesitate to give a comment how “it” is going – or hopefully was going!