Are you stuck up with lots of pending work? Do you feel distracted every time you try to sit down and start to get the job done? Procrastination is common to a lot of employees due to a lot of reasons.
The most common reason is that they may be burdened with the routinary work. Another is that, they don’t have the focus due to physical or emotional problems. Yet, procrastination is something not to be developed. It can distract and even cause one to lose his job.
When you feel you are procrastinating, you better do some of the things below.
Feel the pressure
People procrastinate because they feel relaxed sometimes. Instead of doing the important work, one easily gets distracted to do unimportant things like texting or surfing the internet. At the end of the day, nothing gets done and work doubles for the next day.
To prevent this, one should treat work like it has a deadline. Although most commonly, work has deadlines, it is essential to meet deadlines earlier than dated. This would create a sense of urgency for someone to get the work done faster – a way of motivating oneself to act now.
Create time management
According to Dr. Donald E. Wetmore, 20% of the average working day is spent on important things while the 80% is spent on work with little or no value at all. One way to prevent this is to create a schedule of work to be done.
Have a planner or install an app scheduler on your phone. Having a list on what to do every hour keeps you busy to keep up with pending jobs. When one manages his time properly, one becomes more productive with less procrastination at the end of the day.
Break down tasks
Getting confused on what to do first and last can cause procrastination. If you have a messy schedule and a messy list of tasks, you will surely end up doing nothing.
If there are tasks that may require a long time to finish, break it down hourly or daily so as not to burn out your mind if you will be able to finish the task or not. Make a checklist on your tasks to be able to track your outputs.
Take a break
A very busy day at work can still lead you to procrastinate. Your mind may wander in the middle of your work and the next thing you know, you already missed out a lot of things.
Having time to relax is important so as to reset your body from the stress you are getting at work. Have at least 15 minutes to just breathe deeply on your chair or take a power nap. Recharge your mind once in awhile to help you think better and faster. Be physically active by doing daily exercises if you can.
Procrastination can hinder you to do a lot of things. But it is something you can avoid. Yet, you can always motivate yourself to do better by managing your time and your habits well.