The sun is shining and the beach is calling your name. The only problem? It’s a Tuesday afternoon and you have work to get done.
It can be easy to put off your responsibilities as you daydream about being outside, but procrastinating won’t change the fact that you have projects to complete now. Direct Capital has put together a list of the seven easiest ways to stop procrastinating today.
- Reevaluate end goals: Instead of focusing on how much is needed for a project to get done, think about why you started it in the first place. What were you hoping to achieve? How was this going to help your sales goals? Your future business and growth goals? Remembering why you started a project will get you back into work mode quickly.
- Develop a schedule: Don’t spend your full eight hours in the office just working. Set aside specific times when you feel most productive – maybe it’s the morning or after lunch. But, also specifically schedule times to get up and walk around, hit the gym, or browse the web. Creating too strict of a schedule (or not having one at all) will overwhelm you.
- Know when to close your door: We love that you want to be a part of the action, but sometimes the most productive environment will be in your office with the door closed. If you’re on a deadline or are distracted by the chatter, take an hour or two and get some work done behind closed doors.
- Don’t fantasize about results: When you decided to take on a project, you probably went through the pros and cons, the strategies, and what you hoped the end result would be. You made a plan of action to get it done and now is when you should be focusing on that plan, not fantasizing about the end. You won’t see the results you want if the project isn’t completed on time and in the way you planned for. Just focus on the here and now.
- Make the commitment: Have a days-end goal. Whatever that is, make the commitment to complete it. And, if you need an extra boost, by completing that days-end goal, you are leaving less work for yourself the next day. Who knows? By Friday, your weekly tasks may all be checked off and you might be able to enjoy that sunshine a little bit earlier.
- Be realistic: Remember how we just said to set days-end goals? It’s important to be realistic with those goals. Setting extremely high expectations for yourself will make you feel like the work you did was for naught. When you leave each day continuously feeling like you haven’t completed anything, eventually your procrastination will get worse. Having realistic expectations makes you feel accomplished and ready to get things moving.
- Self–motivation: When you’ve been procrastinating or side tracked, do you have to self-motivate yourself to get back to work? We want you to reverse that. Start any project and motivate yourself to keep going. Mentally tell yourself you’re almost done; that once you finish it’s one less task off your plate.
As Dickens once said, “My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”
Don’t rob yourself of the ability to do great things every day. Use these seven tips to stop procrastinating and start doing.
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