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Tips for Persevering Through Difficult Tasks

It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer’. - Albert Einstein.

Humans are hard wired for gratification, we love it, we need it, when we experience gratification out body secretes a chemical called Dopamine and it makes us feel great.

What has this got to do with perseverance?


Studies have shown that those who need instant gratification may fair worse in life than those who can delay their gratification, and many techniques have been developed to control urges


Below are some additional top tips to persevere through tasks that may not have instant gratification attached to them.


1. Set Small Milestones To Achieve

Achieving goals (no matter how small) pushes you to keep going further. Setting realistic short-term goals will ensure that you don't get overwhelmed with the big picture, but focus on one task at a time instead.


By setting small milestones, you'll be able to track your progress and get the work done faster.

2. Reward Yourself For Reaching Those Milestones

Every time you pass a set milestone, be sure to reward yourself. Humans react to positive reinforcement, and by rewarding yourself, you will create a link between accomplishing tasks and feeling good. This will make you more likely to achieve your goals in the future.


3. Manage Your Time

When you procrastinate and let things build up, it becomes too much to handle after a certain point. Managing your time efficiently will help you get more done in a shorter amount of time.

4. Take A Break And Relax Your Mind

Pushing yourself through rough patches is good, but not when it ends up affecting you adversely. Short breaks will help you focus more on your tasks by giving your brain a boost of new energy.


When you return with a pair of fresh eyes, you will be able to get the work faster than if you hadn't left at all.


5. Have Your Eye Set On The Finish Line

Often, the last sprint becomes the hardest. It is easy to get lost in the overwhelming amount of work set out in front of you, but remember that there is an end and try to keep the end in sight. Keeping your eye on the prize will help you stay focused.

The characteristic of perseverance is a significant factor in success, and success doesn't happen overnight. Imagine if Walt Disney been deterred by the editor who fired him for not being imaginative or if the Beatles had listened to the record labels who told them their sound wasn't special. Some of the most creative minds judge themselves the hardest, so understand you're not alone. Instead, follow these tips to help yourself persevere through anything with a positive mindset.


Counselling and Wellbeing Centre can help you with focus and perseverance with our programs that are designed to support you on your journey to success. You can contact us on 07 3891 2273 and find out more about our training programs.

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