It is hard to beat procrastination when we live in a world full of distractions. We always start off with the intention to start or complete a task, and then somehow we end up procrastinating. Everything else just seems better than the actual work we have to do. Fortunately there is a way to beat procrastination and get our work done on time.
If it doesn’t take time, do it now
We sometimes have a habit of putting things off that can be completed in less than five minutes. If it’s not that important but needs to be done, do it just after thinking about it. If sending that report to your boss doesn’t take time, send it at that moment. Just do it when you think of it, you’ll be surprised how much work you’ll complete in a day.
It’s not difficult to setup reminders
Setting reminders will help keep you on your toes. It says “don’t waste your time, you need to work on this now.” Remember, if it’s not difficult to do and will help you manage your day effectively, then do it and stick to it.
Don’t check your social media accounts
Social media is the mother of all concentration killers. Once you are online, you want to catch up on what has been happening, start liking, commenting and sharing. The moment you log out you just want to go back. The more you go back, the more time you lose to do what’s important.
Timing how long it takes for you to finish a task can help you map out which tasks need to be done first. Always set a “deadline” for each task. Use the allocated time to commit to that particular task until you finish it. Get it out of the way and move on to the next one.
Goals for the day
Know what goals you want to achieve in a day. Don’t do anything else before finishing those goals. Achieve one goal at a time. You’ll realise that, once you achieve a goal, a burden falls off your shoulders.
Give yourself a break
Once in a while when a task has been completed, take a walk to refresh your mind. Don’t take long breaks either as they fall under procrastination. Work hard but don’t be hard on yourself.
Don’t wait for inspiration be your own inspiration
There’s nothing greater than the feeling of completing a task, to the best of your ability, and on time. Find inspiration from your accomplishments and the possibility of what you could achieve.
There are tons of tips about on this topic but in the end it all depends on the individual. Don’t do a disservice to yourself when you can do greater things. Time is precious, use it wisely to beat procrastination.