Are having a hard time finishing your craft projects? Do you want to beat procrastination?
Here are some tips that might help you to be motivated and finish your craft projects:
1. Identify The Time When You Are Most Productive
Figure out when you feel and work your best and then do all of the things that take the most brain power during those times. Most of us feel pretty useless in the late afternoon, and for some, they’re productive. Common routine of handmade sellers is to start the day with emails, social media, and small tasks, which meant that craft project creation settles in the afternoon… when they are most tired and not functioning at their best anymore.
2. Stay Away From Social Media
You’ll find more productivity when you cut yourself off from social media. You can’t get things done when you spend hours of everyday staring mindlessly at a screen that magically sends you funny pictures and updates from your friends. Make it easier on yourself and tune out of social media. Turn off notifications on your phone. Set specific times that you’re allowed to check social media sites (and ONLY check at these times).
Make it your least priority unless you have an active Facebook fan page for your handmade business and you want to engage with your customers. But still, set limits and remind yourself that you still have more important tasks to finish. You’re able to get back into the groove of that pesky to-do list that’s been giving you side eyes since last week.
3. Organize Your Work Place
There is nothing less motivating to me than a completely unorganized workplace. Luckily, this is a simple fix! Spend 15 minutes organizing your work area and cleaning up all that clutter of yours. When your work space is clear, your mind is clear.
4. Prepare Your Stuff
Author Shawn Achor describes a simple strategy for developing better habits and doing things even when we don’t feel motivated. Achor says, “Lower the activation energy for habits you want to adopt, and raise it for habits you want to avoid. The more we can lower or even eliminate the activation energy for our desired actions, the more we enhance our ability to jump-start positive change.” So the next time you decide to skip your craft projects? Try laying out your craft supplies the night before.
5. Give up!
I thought we’d end on an inspirational note. But seriously, some days you’re just not going to feel it and pushing yourself to work when you absolutely can’t will probably only result in mediocre results and even more overwhelm. Play hooky for the day or a few hours. Relax. Take a break. You’ll feel a whole lot better tomorrow, you little hustler you.
And just remember that all work and no play aren’t healthy for anyone. One of the best ways to battle procrastination is to give yourself some time off. The key here is to make both your work time and free time count.
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