Ah, my old friend “Procrastination”…… 5 Tips on how to avoid “him”!

by Sarah Small

Got too much on?  Don’t know where to start?  Ooooh never mind, look, Facebook has some new notifications, better check those out! (3 hours later) OK, better get started now, but only after you have checked your inbox right?  Because those emails need replying to right now (45 mins later) Fine, it is time to sit down and put pen to paper…..but I work from home, I just need to get the washing on, or something out of the freezer for dinner.  Want more?  No!  I’m not procrastinating, I’m writing a blog post here!  So let me get to my point…

What is procrastination?  I’m sure you know the formal description:

Procrastination is the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. It is the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones, or carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones, thus putting off impending tasks to a later time” (Wikipedia)

But what is it to you?  Well? Is it the Bogeyman in the wardrobe stopping you from getting out of bed?  Is it the fear that prevents you from looking at your bank account? Is it the headlights coming fast towards you that leave you shaking like a little rabbit? Yes, it is all of those, BUT and importantly BUT, it is the sticking point in allowing you to reach your potential.

So here are my top 5 tips on how to handle your procrastination and make your day more productive:

1.Make yourself accountable! Work out a “treat” if you get the job done!  Sounds ridiculous doesn’t it, but if this blog means something to you, then it may not be so silly.  Work out something that will make you happy, (go for a walk/ meet that friend for a coffee) but only when you have completed the task you have set yourself.

2. Ask for help! That friend that you are going out to meet afterwards? Call them and let them know you are struggling to “____________” (enter your task here).  Ask them to check in with you how it has gone, and ask for the proof!

3. Take away other temptations! Turn off your notifications, or close all the apps down whilst you concentrate. Time yourself if necessary using the Pomodoro technique.  See more information here  on how this works in Toggl which is a great timer.

4. Break it down. I’ve talked about this before on social media. Don’t view the task as the whole, give yourself 1 or 2 elements to complete today.  You will feel so much better having achieved part of it than non of it.  You can then schedule to do another part tomorrow and so on!

5. Recognise your sweetie box. Realise that there will always be other jobs to do, tasks that are more enjoyable, but in order to help you move forward you have to ignore them, and shut the cupboard on them for a short time.

So behave like the boss you are, take responsibility and get those tasks done.  You’ll feel a million times better and your day will be infinitely more productive.

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