Most of us are no strangers to procrastination. Even if we know the activity needs to be completed soon, it is tempting to put it off until the last minute. That is why it is critical to understand that there are ways you can form to prevent procrastinating indefinitely. Developing these productive habits can help us stay on track even when we are tempted to check social media instead of getting any work done.
We've all procrastinated over something at some point in our lives. But when procrastination begins to pervade too many facets of our life, it's time to take action. Procrastination may become a persistent problem. Let’s take a look at how you can avoid it.
Use The Pomodoro Method
To stay off social media apps and remain on track with your daily schedule, use applications like Freedom or RescueTime. You may also use the Pomodoro method by setting an alarm for 25 and five-minute intervals on your smartphone or tablet. Work for 25 minutes, then take a five-minute break to concentrate better and (with the sound of the alarm) snap back to what you're meant to be doing.
Make Your To-Do List
When you have a million things running through your mind, it's easy to become overwhelmed. But writing them down might help you remember what needs to be done better. Prioritise your list from the most important to the least important. Go to your to-do list when you're feeling lethargic, bored, or realise you're simply procrastinating. Begin with the most important task and work your way down.
Procrastination and perfectionism frequently coexist. Perfectionists and high achievers may not think it's worth celebrating that we started responding to a few more emails or completed our most difficult work first thing in the morning, but these accomplishments are worth celebrating. Celebrate your modest victory and then move on to the next task.
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Break It Into Smaller Chunks
Looking at a massive mountain of work can overwhelm you pretty easily. It can also be very demotivating. Break down your biggest tasks into smaller chunks, to make it more manageable. If you divide an 8-hour project into four 2-hour chapters, it will feel much more manageable.
With emails, texting, phone conversations, and of course social media, it's no surprise that so many of us are easily distracted. According to a study from Apex Performance research, the typical worker is distracted from a job every 20 minutes. So close Facebook and any other social media app you have open, keep your phone away, and avoid reading your email until you have completed your tasks.
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