Getting Things Done

Full Dedication To The Task At Hand

The difference between people who get things done and those who don’t is full dedication to the task at hand. Procrastinators often have difficulty with full dedication to one particular task; their minds wander from one idea to another. We all experience non-pathological flight of ideas, but we have to learn how to tame our thoughts and urges and remain focused on the task at hand.

Unless you have an untreated mental illness, there should be no reason why you cannot master the art of full immersion in one particular task at hand. For instance, if your research mentor wants you to have a full abstract done by Monday at 1 p.m., you should be able to spend the entire weekend getting the abstract done without any distractions.

When you’re fully dedicated to the task at hand, it means that your focus lies solely on that task. There are no other plans that should be interfering with your objective, but it is important to take breaks throughout the day. Without breaks, you will only stress yourself out, become irritable and perform subpar.

Why is this concept of full dedication important? Besides the idea that you’ll become more efficient at accomplishing tasks, it also helps with your mental health! When you avoid procrastination and focus on getting things done, your self-esteem improves in the process; you start to feel better about yourself and develop more confidence in your abilities. You become the best version of yourself.

So rather than procrastinating from now on, motivate yourself to always stay focused on the task at hand, especially if it’s an important one. The more that you practice becoming more disciplined, the easier the process will get down the road. And when the process gets easier, guess what ends up benefiting? Your mental health.

Are you Ready? (This is Defeating Stigma Mindfully)

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