I procrastinate, they procrastinate, everyone procrastinates, whether it’s staying in bed an extra half hour to avoid that gloomy weather, delaying time to get that report complete at work or my personal favourite: catching up with friends instead of cleaning the house.
But as you’ll probably know, procrastination is not ideal. Below are some tips and tricks to help you overcome procrastination
1. Time for a timetable?
Time is a virtue, and a precious resource for life! Create yourself a timetable and stick to it, by following a daily schedule you’ll be able to establish a deadlines to finally get those mundane tasks done.
Making and sticking to a timetable establishes a deadline, which put pressure on completing those little mundane tasks. The more simple the timetable, the less overwhelming it will be. Simple.
2. Learn to love the 90 minute rule
Working in intervals of 90 minutes improves concentration levels, boosts productively, improves quality of work and prevents stress.
In between the ninety-minute intervals, make a coffee, have a stretch, play a song and have a jam to reset your mind and refocus on the task.
3. Make yourself accountable
Making yourself 150% accountable for tasks will justify what you originally set out to do.
When you’re the person accountable to get things done, you’ll be pressured to get things done, you’ll be obliged to get things done and you’ll be motivated to get things done. You’ll begin to see greatly improved efficiencies and effectiveness when working to get a task done.
Even better: find a friend or mentor who won’t let you off the hook too easily.
4. Go tech-free and (try to) go distraction free
Distractions are most likely going to be inevitable part of your day – but you can minimize it. Isolate yourself to prevent distraction: Instead of working in your home office, work at the library, or instead of playing music from your phone, play music of an MP3 player or radio.
5. Embrace the breaks
It’s always crucial to take a break from the study, the job, the daily grind and life itself, trying to out-smarten your brain will never end well, you’ll get exhausted, stressed and your thoughts will get jumbled. Hit pause, have a break!
Research has shown people who take consistent breaks throughout their workdays have improved coordination, concentration and lead less stressful and healthier lifestyles. Give yourself time to relax and reset, whether it’ll be 4 minutes to immerse yourself into that Pink Floyd song, an hour for your lunch break or a trip to Europe.
6. Set goals and make them exciting!
Your goals shouldn’t be a chore; your goals should be a source of excitement! Being stuck with goals that aren’t attainable, inspirational or encouraging means you’ll just spend time trying to motivate yourself to complete them.In addition setting smaller attainable goals daily, weekly and monthly will allow you to reach goals progressively while working towards getting things done.
If you goals don’t excite you, readdress them, change them and reach them.
Author: Louis Buchler
I’m an eager and motivated individual who not only enjoys all day breakfast menus, but I also have a passion for digital marketing, social media engagement, advertising and design (Yes, I also enjoy pîna colada’s and getting caught in the rain).