A little procrastination never hurt anyone, but sometimes small tasks can pile up and become big issues if we don’t address them. The additional challenge is that the more small tasks stack up, the more monumental they become and the more monumental they become, the less motivated we become to tackle them. They just get to be too big. Whether you have small tasks you are consistently avoiding or a monumental tasks you’ve been avoiding too long, here are 3 ways to motivate yourself to do the things you don’t want to do.

Find a reason why
Too often, we focus on the task, not the reason we need to accomplish it. For instance, maybe you want to work out or get healthy to look better for your spouse and feel better about yourself. Maybe dealing with the mountain of paperwork will help you be more productive, which will help you get the raise and promotion you’ve been angling for. Generally, there is a reason why you want to do something (and why you are avoiding it). Finding a reason to do something will generally help you do it.

Create a plan
Like the old saying goes, if you fail to plan, plan to fail. Most often, we keep procrastinating because we don’t even know where to start. Or, we might half-heartedly start on something, but stop quickly because we quickly get overwhelmed. For instance, if the project you need to tackle is cleaning out the garage, you can’t clean it out if you don’t have a plan for getting rid of things. You may also need to enlist some help, so maybe you want to plan a garage clean-out day. Getting others involved can also help get you motivated and make you stick with the plan.

Start small
As many as 80% of all New Year’s Resolutions fail. This may be largely due to the fact that people set lofty goals that are meant to be accomplished over the course of a year, but then they try and achieve them in just a few months. They quickly get discouraged and quit when it takes too long. If your goal is to lose 50 pounds, but you haven’t gotten off your couch in months, don’t get a gym membership and set a goal to work out every day. First set a goal to walk around the block every day, then go from there.