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Are you frittering away your day?

It sounds like a funny thing to ask, like something your grandmother might say, but think about it. When we become caught up in small, nonsensical tasks where we spend the day spinning our wheels, it could very well be said that you’re frittering. Is this something you really want to be doing?

Rather than waste your time by doing what’s unnecessary, why not spend more time in a directed activity designed to help you realize your dreams? In short, wouldn’t you rather be getting Important Stuff Done than…well…what you’ve been doing? 

It’s time to get out of your own way and take charge of your life. Read on for some quick tips to find out how.

Remember What You’re Fighting For

Too often, we put off tasks that seem pointless. After all, why should we be wasting our time? To combat this, do this one incredibly simple thing: remind yourself why you’re doing it. When you have a purpose, it’s easy to get moving, even if the reason you’re doing it is something small and only meaningful to you.

Focus on the Goal

Now take things a step further. You know why you’re doing something. Now imagine what life will be like once this goal is accomplished. Hone in on the benefit, like how good it will feel to have this completed, or how life will be made simpler once this is finished.

Stop Comparisons

The entire world grinds to a halt when you start obsessing over what other people are doing instead of focusing on reaching your own goals. The sad truth is, someone will always do it better than you. To get caught up in this game is only going to drive you crazy and keep you from reaching your own important things done. A better choice? Compare where you are now with where you were a year ago or five years ago. Focus on your personal growth and accomplishments and make a new goal of beating the records set by the old you.

Drop the Perfectionism

Nothing derails you faster than getting caught up in making sure everything is ‘just right.’ For one thing, you’re never going to achieve perfection, so all you wind up doing is forever nitpicking at something without ever turning the work in. Sometimes you just have to tell yourself ‘good enough’ is ok and let it go so you can move on to the next thing.

Indulge in Instant Gratification

Sometimes it just feels good to have a little reward now and again. Keep a supply of small treats, such as a few minutes playing a favorite game on your phone or even a little snack you like for when you reach those important milestones. You’ll be amazed at what a bump this gives to your productivity.

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