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How To Break Up Tasks To Be More Productive

I’m a person who procrastinates.

There I said it.

It is a lot easier for me to focus on the things I REALLY want to, versus things I should probably get done. The main problem is some tasks stack up quickly, or accepting a task requires a lot of time to be devoted to it, and that tends to twist my stomach.

So what can I do, what can you do, to work through this?

BREAK THE TASK UP! 

I realize, of course, not every task you will be able to break up, but most of the things I “have to” or even “desire” to get done can be done in steps.

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Projects/Reading/Studying – I am reading through three books and two books of the Bible weekly in which I meet with other people to discuss. I’m also a test reader for two people, and I get behind in reading and giving feedback.

More than once, I’ve left these tasks to one day to fulfill and it is not the wisest thing to do. In fact, the pressure to get a task accomplished somewhat encourages us to further push it aside.  

How To Break It Up– Whenever you have a timeline of when you need to get something done it is important to break it up into multiple days if possible, especially if you know this is something you may not be able to get done in one day. A chapter a day. A few pages a day. If working on a big project, maybe give yourself a timeframe, “I’ll work on this project for 30 minutes a day.”

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Household Chores– I’m not the best at chores or keeping everything on a schedule, but having a schedule helps.

How To Break It Up– Designate certain days for particular chores when possible. Work on being consistent. I know this is harder the first few times, but the more consistent we are the easier it becomes.

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Daily To-Do List Having everything written out for the day may be helpful, but it may also be intimidating.

How To Break It Up– Make sure what is important is at the top of the list like meetings, certain tasks to be done by a time frame (to be seen at all times). For tasks that “could be forgotten”, write them underneath. Then, after one, two, or three items listed, use a post-it note to cover the rest, you may have to use more than one post-it note depending on the length of your list. This makes the list less intimidating and easier to do.

As you accomplish your tasks move the post-it note further down the list to reveal new things.

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Some other suggestions to consider 

Set Limits On Entertainment – It is important we set limits on the things we like doing but are not productive. Television, games, other projects or reading that may not need to be accomplished immediately. Give yourself a time limit 15-30 minutes, and then go do something on your task list. Breaks give you something to look forward to while you try to get things done.

Group “like” tasks together– If you are going to be in the kitchen for a bit are there tasks that also require you to be in the kitchen? It helps to group tasks together, especially the small stuff, so they can all get done at once.

Combine Entertainment With Task– I like trying to combine some of my entertainment with something I’m trying to get done. Like fold laundry and watch YouTube videos. Or play music while I do the dishes. Make sure whatever your entertainment is that it does not distract you from the main task at hand.

Hope this was helpful! 🙂

(NIV) Matthew 23:26, “Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” 


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Do you have any suggestions that work?

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7 thoughts on “How To Break Up Tasks To Be More Productive

  1. I’m the exact same way when it comes to most things!
    I have found that I need little incentives (or gifts) to keep me on track. Kind of like my paycheck when I was working all those years! It doesn’t have to be expensive or even cost anything. (Like my kid saying, Thanks Mom for the great dinner, I’ll clean off the table tonight! That’s enough to get me doing stuff like laundry, etc. for a while).
    Thanks for the post.
    Blessings~💖

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  2. I was lucky enough to be able to take time off work to raise my 4 kids to school age, doing part-time stuff that paid a pittance, but I could work around my husband’s hours. Housework was my procrastination. Anything else took priority – I even started practicing piano. Dust would be shifted when I happened to notice, which wasn’t often; I wasn’t looking for it. As the children got older and were less demanding, I noticed the grime more often, so I decided I’d spread housework over the week: tidy and dust downstairs one day, upstairs another, vacuum on another .. gardening at the weekend – you get the idea.
    That was when I realised it was time to get a proper job.

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    1. “Anything else took priority — I even started practicing piano.”
      Admittedly, I am like this too. I find it so difficult to focus on what really needs to get done whenever there is a more exciting prospect in view. Discipline is definitely something I must continue to pursue maturity in, especially when I am a representative of Christ. In order to do His work, I must learn to say “no” to myself.

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