Here is a common story we can all relate to:
You start a project with a great deal of energy, excited to tackle something new.
As time goes by and you start encountering difficulties, your motivation dwindles, and the project goes on the backburner with too many other things to mention.
How does anybody ever get things done? Here are a few tips you can implement to help you follow through:
Clarify the Why. It might help to step back a moment and remember the reason you’re doing this in the first place.
Visualize Finishing the Task. Imagine how nice it will be when the task is finished and the benefits you’ll enjoy. Or, imagine the liabilities of not finishing.
Make It Easier. Try to find some way you can make the task more fun, more interesting, or easier. If it’s a little dull, figure out a way to gamify it.
Block Time for the Task. If you’re having trouble working in fits and starts, set aside a specific stretch of time where you can finish the task or make significant progress.
Look at How Far You’ve Come. If you’re halfway through the task and losing steam, look at how much work you’ve done already to kick some motivation into gear. It’ll all be a waste of time if you don’t finish.
Adjust Your Mindset. You might have trouble finishing because you feel the task is too difficult or you don’t have confidence. Try adopting a growth mindset and think about it as an exciting challenge or opportunity to learn.
Hold Yourself Accountable. Tell others you’re working on this task and when you’ll be done. Now, if you don’t finish, you’ll be letting others down as well as yourself.
Following through isn’t always easy to do. But try the above tips and see what works best for you.
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