Chunking Your Tasks — How to Take a Bite Out of Procrastination

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Chunking your tasks helps.

Chunking your tasks to stop procrastinating is one of the best time management skills that you can ever develop for yourself.  

And it’s a skill that you can enlist in any situation.

It doesn’t do you much good to let your inner critic try to goad you into action when you find yourself procrastinating. In fact, this will often lead to increased stress. It may also introduce your “inner rebel” to the situation.

And having that rebellious voice in the conversation is a recipe for digging your heels in even deeper. This may bring things to a virtual standstill.

You don’t even know that you’re procrastinating unless you have some goals. So, the good news is if you know you’re stuck, it’s because you know where you want to go or what you want to do.

Getting from where you are to where you want to be is always going to involve effort. This means an investment of your time and energy. And when you invest effort, you expect and want to reap some kind of reward.

Is there a gap?

So, in some very basic ways, I think that one major source of procrastination may be the size of the gap between the effort and the reward. The larger the gap, the more likely you are to be challenged by procrastination.

If you have a big task on your plate, one that is going to take days, weeks, or even months to finish, when will you begin to see the benefits of your work?  

It requires skill and discipline to get started on a task like that. The reward is so far in the distance that you need a telescope to see it.

Chunking your tasks helps with this.

But the good news is that you can build in your own rewards by:

  • The way you structure your task,
  • The ways that you remind yourself about it, and
  • What you say to yourself when you’ve completed each step.

Chunking your tasks down into bite-sized pieces is a fundamental component of any attempt to overcome procrastination and begin to make headway on your goals.  It’s a time management skill that gives you stepping stones and stopping places where you can give yourself pats on the back along the way.

Chunking your tasks narrows the gap.

So, the next time you find yourself procrastinating about something, take a piece of paper and write your task at the top. Then create at least 5 stepping stones to get yourself to your goal.

Make the first step a small one.  Then DO it. Try to do it immediately, but if you can’t, be sure to schedule a specific time and then follow through on your commitment.

Notice how your energy changes and the impossible begins to feel possible. And whenever you invest effort be sure that you validate yourself with some sort of reward, be it a kind word, a break, or something else that appeals to you.

Are you inspired to find time and increase your effectiveness, efficiency, and enjoyment?  

What will be your first step to start chunking your tasks and stepping away from procrastination?

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