Procrastination is a continuous problem for many employees, entrepreneurs and managers, and is one of the most common causes of slipping schedules and stretched deadlines. For many of us it’s a constant cause of stress at work, and despite being illogical, it’s a problem millions of people struggle to overcome.
So how can you avoid procrastination? It’s one of those problems that is difficult to overcome entirely, and no matter how hard you try it’s always going to be an issue at one stage or another. However, there are concrete steps you can take to less the impact of procrastination and improve your overall time management.
- Allocate slots of time to tasks
Rather than simply deciding what to work on ad hoc, consider giving specific tasks allocated periods of time, either on a daily or weekly basis. This way you know what you should be working on at any given moment, and you’re more likely to engage with the allocated job.
- Put mobile devices out of reach
Mobile devices such as your phone or tablet often represent potential distractions, whether it’s games, news apps or checking your social media. Consider putting them out of reach while you’re trying to complete a task, or even leaving them at home when you go to work.
- Complete small tasks immediately
Try using the two-minute rule, which states that if a job takes two minutes or less to complete, you should do it immediately. This will help you move through your to-do list and can help get you started on bigger projects.
- Break big projects into smaller chunks
Often, a big project can seem daunting and easy to put off. Instead, break the project down into small, manageable chunks and focus on the act of starting. A task can seem far more achievable when it’s broken down in this way and can help you overcome the intimidating step of starting.
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