Merriam-Webster define procrastination as “to be slow or late about doing something that should be done : to delay doing something until a later time because you do not want to do it, because you are lazy, etc.” To procrastinate is to go against the old saying, “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”
Stop procrastination from holding you back.
Here Are Five Ways To Stop Putting Things Off
1. Make a list
Make a list of all the tasks you need to do for the day and how long each task should take. This will help you stay on task. Post it where you can see it and refer back to it throughout the day.
Start with your least favorite tasks so when you get to the ones you like to do, they won’t take as much energy.
2. Get a reality check
Quit telling yourself that you can complete the task later. Quit telling yourself you have plenty of time to do it, when you really don’t. Give yourself a deadline and stick to it.
You might think since the task is easy and can do it at any time. But when the deadline arrives, you realize you don’t have enough time to do it. What’s the result? The task doesn’t get done in time, It makes you look bad and your self-esteem goes down the tubes.
3. Remove distractions
Making a list and getting a reality check will not work if you can’t concentrate. Keep distractions as far away as possible. If you like watching TV, don’t work in the leaving room and don’t have a TV in your office. Figure out what’s distracting you and stay away from it.
4. Reward yourself
When you reach a goal, reward yourself. It could be a bowl of ice cream from your favorite ice cream shop or a nice lunch. Reward yourself for a job well done.
Instead of focusing on the negative, on what you do wrong, focus on the positive, on what you do right. Taking the positive approach will keep you focused and less likely to burn out.
You don’t have to reward yourself all the time, just now and then. All that ice cream is not good for you.
There’s An App For That
Technology has made it easier for us to get things done faster and better. If you want to get thing done faster and efficiently, there’s an app for that.
Here are five I like to use.
If you make a lot of to-do lists, this is the app for you. Any.do helps you organize personal tasks, work projects, and lists. Tasks and lists can be synced across all of your devices, whether you are online or not.
Evernote serves as a digital bookmark by collecting all of the online information you want to save. This handy app allows you to save web pages, pictures, PDF files, and more. You can also save notes and reminders. Evernote comes in three levels: basic, plus, and premium.
Do you often lose valuable time looking for (or trying to remember) a laundry list of logins and passwords? Luckily, the LastPass app can help you keep tabs on passwords for all of your accounts. The app can be used for both password storage and password generation.
If you’re drowning in email, Mailbox will take care of that for you. This app neatly organizes email so that you can read it at a set time. Emails can be archived and then returned to your inbox at a specific time so you can focus on messages that are more urgent. It’s as easy as swiping an email directly into your trash or archive. Some of the available time options include “later today,” “tomorrow,” “next week,” “in a month,” and “someday.”
The Internet is full of interesting articles. However, there’s just not enough time in the day to read them all during your lunch break. That’s where the Pocket app comes in. This tiny helper lets you save articles, pictures, and videos in one place so that you can view them later. You have the option of saving from your web browser or from apps such as Twitter and Pulse.
Do you have any tips on how to stop procrastination? Let us know by commenting below.
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