How to stop procrastinating? 10 Productivity tips
It’s a funny thing; despite knowing that we have a deadline looming, we’ll absent mindedly do things that we really shouldn’t be doing and which waste time. Rather than work on the task at hand, we instead decide to flick through social media, upload photographs, watch funny videos on YouTube, read a magazine or watch television. We know we should be working, but we take it easy and decide not to do anything.
As though the work will just take care of itself!
Everyone has procrastinated. For some, procrastination is even a way of life. It’s a phenomenon that you can’t escape. No matter how much you think you’re going to get some work done the next day, you will invariably finish the day knowing you really didn’t get much done at all. While we’re not going to look at what causes slacking off and taking things easy in this article, we are going to try and provide a solution if you’re looking to up your game and get things done. Let’s take a look at 10 productivity tips for those who just love to endlessly procrastinate into the night.
Bring Your Deadlines Forward
One of the major things that causes procrastination is a deadline that is in the distant future. When you know you’ve got plenty of time to complete something, you will take all that time. Rather than work on tasks bit by bit, you’ll wait until the very last minute because you know you’ve got plenty of time.
A little trick on how to stop procrastinating is to personally bring your deadline forward. If someone gives you 2 weeks to do something, give yourself a week. And if it’s you that is setting your own deadlines, be a bit meaner with them. Give yourself tight deadlines; you’ll be surprised at how much you can get done.
Introduce A New Working Environment
Often, it is our working environment that causes us to procrastinate. Take a look at your work station; what does it look like? Are there lots of distractions nearby? Is it too comfortable and snuggly? Perhaps it’s too bland and impersonal?
A great way to improve your working environment is to tack inspirational quotes and posters onto your wall. You need things that remind yourself of the need to do well. You need motivational items, as opposed to items that will only distract you.
Eliminate Your Pit-Stops
Sometimes, we procrastinate because we’re surrounded by procrastination pit-stops. These are the things that can easily distract us and take up time. For example, yours could be Facebook or your cell phone.
Once you’ve identified your procrastination pit-stops, it’s time to eliminate them. If Facebook is one of your chief pit-stops, you should disable your profile temporarily. If it’s your cell phone, you should switch it off and lock it away in your room, away from hand’s reach.
Use Your Online Time More Wisely
It’s all so easy to pop on a funny YouTube video or stalk someone’s Facebook profile for a few hours. It helps to take our minds off things, and often it gives us a giggle. Better than anything else, it helps to pass the time.
But how about using your online time more productively? Instead of watching a funny YouTube video, why not watch an inspirational YouTube video, such as a TED Talk? Instead of stalking your friend’s Facebook for gossip, why not read some inspiring quotes for a bit of knowledge and motivation? It passes the time, but it will also give you a push to actually get something done.
Get An Accountability Buddy
Making yourself accountable for something is okay, but it doesn’t always work. Instead, you should pair up with a buddy who also wants to improve their productivity. This buddy can be your accountability buddy – and you’ll be theirs.
You can set goals together; whenever one of you is slacking, the other can remind you that you need to get back in the game. After all, you’re in this together and if one of you is pulling your weight, you both suffer.
Call Your Friend
So much time is wasted on Facebook chat/messaging threads.
Not to mention wall comments.
Once you get into a conversation on Facebook, it can go on for ever.
One of the easiest ways to overcome this is to phone your friends for a chat. Once you put the phone down, the conversation has ended and you can return to your work.
Get Up Early
One of the chief enemies to productivity is getting up out of bed too late. Lazing around under the bed sheets for “five more minutes” is a sign of a bad attitude. Before you know it, it’s 11am, and you’ve got nothing done.
When you get up super early, you actually feel so great that you can’t help but get some work done. Moreover, knowing that you’re up before everyone else is incredibly inspiring; while everyone else is still snoozing, you’re achieving things. You’re ahead of the game.
Cozy Up To Time
Have you ever reached the end of a day and asked, “JUST WHERE DID ALL THE TIME GO?! I’VE GOT NOTHING DONE!!”? We all have. Being bewildered by time is a sign that you are not time’s friend.
We suggest that you get to know time a little bit better. Find out how long it takes you to achieve tasks, and how long you’re spending on meaningless things. Finding out where your time goes means you will be able to manage your time much better.
Difficult tasks are often the ones we just can’t face starting. We delay them for as long as possible. If it’s tough tasks that are your enemy, you should develop a rewards system. After working hard for 30 minutes, give yourself a mini reward. This could be anything, such as a piece of cake, a short walk or a coffee.
Use Your Morning Wisely
If you get up early, you can use your morning to plan the rest of your day. One of the prime reasons we procrastinate is because we have no schedule; we have absolutely no idea what we’re going to do throughout the day. We know we have things to do, but we haven’t prioritised them and assume we can get away with doing a little bit here and a little bit there.
How to stop procrastinating? What are your best tips?