Procrastinating is as easy as 1.2.3. We all do it but we don’t need to be a slave to it. Here are several steps to stop procrastinating and start completing those dreaded tasks:
1. Make a To Do List. This is a huge motivator for completing tasks that we might try and avoid. Overwhelm is often an enemy of productivity, but if we break it down (by writing a list), it all suddenly feels more achievable. When the task is done, you can cross it off which gives a great sense of satisfaction.
2. Become an Early Morning Do-er. The earlybird doesn’t procrastinate but catches the worm and completes those dreaded tasks before the day has even begun. In the morning we are more refreshed and more energised for the day. Don’t put a task that you’re already dreading off until the evening, when you’re probably already tired and wishing you could be watching Netflix!
3. Create a Distraction-Free Workspace. Distractions and interruptions abound. Whether it’s family members dropping by your home office to chat, co-workers stopping at your desk or Facebook notifications popping up on your phone! These little interruptions make it so easy to procrastinate. Spend time making a little cave for yourself that feels a bit ring-fenced. Put your phone on airplane mode. Turn on relaxing music. Put up a “Work In Progress” sign! Whatever it takes to give your workspace the space it deserves.
4. Make yourself comfortable. Often we do dreaded tasks in uncomfortable seated positions, our shoulders hunched, our legs crossed. Try a standing desk (often helps with concentration and comfort), or make sure your work space is inviting and fits your needs.
Above all if something needs to be done and there’s nothing stopping you doing it then and there – just do it!