We all have come across situations where we have an important task at hand, but it appears so huge and daunting that we tend to procrastinate. This causes increased pressure and stress, leading to poor performance, self-pity and what not.
I would like to share with you two great techniques I read in the book, Eat That frog by Brian Tracy, which will help you overcome procrastination.
- The first method is the Salami Slice method: Lay out your task in detail, step-wise on a piece of paper. Your mind always thinks about enjoyment, now tell your mind, “I’ll just complete one step and come back” creating a win-win situation for both. Now complete that “once slice”, just like eating a role of Salami. Psychologically, it is easier to complete small chunks of a large task than to complete one big task as a whole.
2. Second method is the Swiss Cheese method: Here, you resolve to “punch a hole” in the task, just like the holes in Swiss cheese. Force yourself to work just for 5 or 10 minutes and then carry out anything else. Once you start following this method, you develop a sense of forward momentum and a feeling of accomplishment. You feel an urge to keep going until the task is complete.
As a student, you can follow this method to read just one page of that new chapter, or write your homework for just 5 minutes and then do something else. If you keep doing it, you will develop a state of flow, where you don’t feel like getting up until the task is complete.
It may seem overwhelming in the beginning, but try it today! It will surely help you.