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Avoid Procrastination by Turning the Most Boring Task into a Game
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Avoid Procrastination by Turning the Most Boring Task into a Game

There are two types of procrastinators: chronic procrastinators and situational procrastinators. Chronic procrastinators procrastinate all the time. They are too lazy to even think of a solution to beat procrastination. So, the only way they can get over it is by seeking help.

Whereas situational procrastinators procrastinate because they don't like a particular work. And, most people fall into this category. So, the difference between high performers and low performers is how well one figures out ways to beat situational procrastination.

Here is one such interesting hack to get things done on time, especially when you find it too mundane or boring.

Tim Pychyl, Director of the Centre for Initiatives in Education and faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada), says that if a task is boring, frustrating and unstructured and you don't feel any sense of personal reward you won't want to do it. So, he suggests turning it into a game. This will reduce boredom and you will get it done on time.

For example, if you are a sales person, challenge yourself as to how many calls you can make in the next 30 minutes. If you are a writer, challenge yourself how well you can write your intro in ten minutes. When you challenge yourself, you get back the zeal to work. You are competing and rewarding yourself. Your mundane task will suddenly look interesting, because you have turned into a challenging task.

Well, whether you like it or not, there are times when you have to complete mundane tasks. Instead of postponing it and feeling bad about it later, just make it interesting and get it done. All you have to do is create a game and compete with yourself. This is just like how moms would challenge their kids to finish milk in few minutes and reward for the same.

(Also read: Improve Productivity by Completing the Worst Task First Thing in the Morning )

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