How to Beat Procrastination and Be More Productive

How to Beat Procrastination and Be More Productive

Aug 13, 2021, 1:19:56 AM Business

We all know what procrastination is. Procrastination is the excessive delaying of an intended task despite there being enough time to complete it.

It’s simply difficult to be on all the time and it can be a major hindrance to achieving success. Even Olympians, who are some of the most dedicated and disciplined people to their craft, need breaks.

We have put together a list of some tips to help you beat procrastination and increase productivity in whatever you do.

Create a plan or schedule starting with a to-do list

The following list contains an example of a task list for a worker who does not have specific deadlines or commitments:

-Check voicemail

-Return phone call from client with urgent question

-Read email from marketing team about new product launch

You can use a to-do list to stay on track by dividing your work into smaller, more manageable tasks.

If you have a big project you’re working on, it’s extremely helpful to create a SMART goal along with your tasks.

It’s a good idea to start with SMART goals as they can be the key to achieving your desired outcomes. Once you have your SMART goal, break it down into smaller tasks that will help you achieve it.

Break down your tasks into timed intervals

If you don’t have specific deadlines, you should time block specific periods in your schedule to focus on specific tasks.

For example, if you're trying to improve your blog posts, then block one day out of the week and dedicate that entire day to working on blog posts. This will allow you to grow your skills in that area and build momentum.

Additionally, this will also make it easier for you to know when to switch between different types of work.

Reward yourself as an antidote to procrastination

When you complete a task, treat yourself in some way that is enjoyable and motivating. It's important to reward yourself after completing a task. Maybe it's with a break or just giving yourself a pat on the back.

This helps to motivate you to keep your focus on the task at hand. Not only that, but it will give you a sense of accomplishment, which in turn makes you feel good about yourself.

Get some exercise

Physical activity helps relieve stress and think more clearly. It not only helps create a healthier body but it also enhances mental clarity and reduces stress.

Studies show that when people exercise they are better able to think more clearly, have improved moods and increased self-esteem.

It’s possible to overcome procrastination

The only way to overcome procrastination is to take action. The key thing to realize is that it's possible to overcome procrastination, and it can be done by taking action!

When you remind yourself of the steps above, you can empower yourself to take action.

 

Published by Jacob Wolinsky

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