We all have some tasks we like to avoid, like getting paperwork in order. But they still have to be done. Asian Efficiency recommends scheduling an anti-procrastination appointment with yourself where you do nothing but that task.
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Overcome unproductive busyness by carving out a specific time and place you are going to work on the task you've been avoiding. When the time comes, firewall all other distractions — phone, email, internet, co-workers — and do nothing but the pre-determined task for the allotted time. You may just have to sit and stare at a blank powerpoint for 20 minutes before you make any progress. Eventually boredom, inspiration, frustration, etc. will kick in and you will start on the tasks you had been avoiding.
As the blog post mentions, for this to work, you need to take the appointment seriously and give it top priority. Treat it with the same importance as meeting your CEO.
The full article linked below has other procrastination-busters for you, such as the two-minute rule and its two variants.
3 Quick Tips to Beat Procrastination [Asian Efficiency]