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TOP TIPS ON HOW TO AVOID PROCRASTINATING AT WORK
Procrastination. We’ve all been there. You’re probably doing it right now, right this minute by reading this article about it. So, let’s make use of this time by learning a few tips and tricks on how to avoid it.
What is it and why do we procrastinate?
Procrastination is the voluntary postponement of a task that we are not willing to complete even though it is against our better judgement.
When we postpone tasks, it can often mean rushing to finish things at the last minute, leading to stress and a lower quality of work.
Some of the reasons we procrastinate include:
- Having no planned structure
- Being faced with big unpleasant tasks
- Lack of self-confidence
- Feelings of anxiety and stress
- The timing itself
Tips on how to avoid procrastinating
Break it down
View your task at hand and break it down into smaller ones. It’s easier and much less overwhelming to achieve smaller short-term tasks in order to complete your main task. It will also give you plenty of achievable little ‘wins’ that inspire you to keep going.
Set yourself goals
Setting yourself a deadline to complete each of these smaller tasks, one-by-one, will help motivate you and hold you accountable to the task – it’s no longer a moveable item! A goal without a deadline is just asking to be put off, so set realistic timings and you’ll feel like you’re smashing through your to-do list.
Visualise yourself completing the task
Once you’ve set the goals and laid out when each milestone needs to be done, visualise success! Picturing this will help motivate you to start. Imagine yourself completing your work and how happy you’re going to be when it’s finished.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Ok, so you’ve broken your tasks into smaller chunks and set yourself deadlines. Now it’s time to hold yourself accountable to your goals, which will in turn keep you focussed and on track to finish your tasks. Simply telling a colleague will help keep you in check. You can also set reminders on your phone to notify you when a task should have been completed.
Cut out technology
Jumping on your phone and scrolling through social media or reading articles has got to be one of the biggest drains on your productiveness. Like we said in the beginning, you’re doing it right now! (At least you’re trying to get better, right?)
It’s human to slip and ‘accidentally’ stray away from the task at hand. If you’re likely to go on Facebook, read the news or watch YouTube videos, consider putting your phone out of sight until you’ve completed your work.
Change your environment
The environment you work in has a major influence on your productivity levels, and any distractions can make it difficult for you to complete your tasks on time and efficiently.
Work in a place that’s too loud? Perhaps look into booking a conference room for some peace and quiet.
If music helps you concentrate, why not listen to some background tunes. Investing in a pair of headphones can also help you to block out that noisy colleague.
Too cold or too warm? Make sure you’re working in an office with a comfortable room temperature, as this can affect your energy levels and reduce productivity.
You’ve set the goals, made yourself accountable, cut out the distractions and now you’ve completed the smaller tasks one-by-one. Reward yourself. It’s important to recognise the small achievements you’ve made along the way.
Rewards can be as simple as reading a chapter of your favourite book, spending time with your colleagues or treating yourself to a coffee break.
Find a new office space
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Get in touch with us today so we can add some productiveness to your procrastination.