Lately, I am struggling with follow-through. Okay let’s be honest, I have probably always struggled with this.
I really dislike this small fact about myself.
I am one of the people who really had to dig deep and push through to get things done. This applies to most things. Not just things I don’t really want to do.
Unless I really love something I struggle with follow-through.
I have really been journaling on this lately to find out what I can do to finally overcome this block that I have with following-through.
I’ve come up with a few things to put into action:
- You have to DECIDE to do it. Whatever it is. Whatever goal you are trying to accomplish, or project you want to finish.
- Sometimes you either have to rest or simply overcome being tired.
Meaning if you are not functioning well, it’s time to rest. Or if you know you’ve just gotten a good night sleep but are bored which is making your tired you have to push on to follow-through.
- You have to challenge your body to do more.
Our bodies are capable of so much more than we actually use them for. We limit ourselves based on our comfort zones. You are never really pushing yourself until you are out of your comfort zone. Outside of your comfort zone is where the real work begins.
- You should get an accountability partner or life/success coach, or join a support group if possible.
Someone you can be honest with about your successes and failures.
- Don’t quit mid stream. If you are in the middle of something don’t get distracted and put it down. Keep going until it’s finished. If it takes two days allow yourself two days.
If it’s a big project you can split your days. Work on the big project every morning and other tasks in the afternoon. Keep working on it until it’s finished.
Keep in mind it feels better to get one task completely done then it is to have five undone tasks waiting for you to finish.
- Make sure the project is even necessary for you to finish.
I’ve started and put down many projects and when I go back either it’s not necessary anymore, or I’m not interested. Either way you don’t have to finish it “just because.”
- Set a deadline and/or use a timer.
This works really well if you like the rush you get from only having a certain amount of time to do something.
I know from experience that I work better on short deadlines because I have to follow through quickly.
It’s almost if I put the project down and walk away from it I have a hard time picking it back up again. Sometimes it can take months.
At least I know this now so I can be sure to either finish quickly, make myself pick it back up to finish, or not allow myself to start another project until one gets completed.
These are seven techniques I use to try to overcome my poor follow-through. I’ll admit I am a work in progress and hope to overcome this block. I know that by deciding to follow-through and using these techniques I’ll eventually create a habit and it will no longer be a block for me. I hope they help you too!
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