We’ve all been there… that big deadline is coming up fast and you’ve got work to do. But nothing seems to be working. Maybe it’s a lack of focus or energy. Maybe you get started only to be plagued by interruptions and distractions around every corner.
Don’t panic! It happens to all of us. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to beat procrastination and get the job done on time! Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Find Your Focus – The best defence against procrastination is a good offence. Know your peak work times. Working when you’re most focused and naturally productive is the best way to get important jobs done. Knowing your peak periods allows you to take advantage of your natural work flow. Avoid setting meetings and distractions during your peak productive periods. Focus and go with the flow and you’ll get it done!
Forget Multitasking – It’s a myth! It’s impossible to do two things well at once. Turning your mental focus on and off is physically and mentally exhausting. Break complex tasks into smaller pieces and simple steps. Pick one, work on it until it’s complete without interruptions or distractions. Focus on each small task instead of the big picture.
Practice Discipline, Develop Routines and Delegate – Sometimes, especially with a deadline looming, work can seem overwhelming. To avoid procrastinating, develop healthy routines and practice discipline. Manage your time and delegate whenever possible. If you do delegate, make sure to leave plenty of time to follow-up.
Try to Make Boring Tasks Fun – When you’re a creative person, simple tasks can seem boring, but they still need to get done. Consider creating a game. Set a time limit […]