So my assistant Megan and I get together regularly on the phone to plan out tasks for the next few weeks…on the 25th of February we planned to share Procrastination Week tips with you. What I have done for the past fourteen days is….
How much energy do you think we use in the process of procrastinating?
Does it affect national productivity?
So here I am with tips on procrastinating. Irony…
- Pick one thing. Choose one thing that will move the project forward. It can be a phone call or doing some research. Do that item the first.
- Take 5. Take five minutes to work on your project. What I have found, is if I sit down to spend five minutes on something, I will get into it and keep going! Tricking ourselves to get going helps you to get things done.
- Use the Pomodoro Technique, this is a great system. You work for twenty five minutes with a five minute break, you do this four times then you take a 15-30 minute break. I have used it many times and have had great success with it.
- Be kind to yourself. Stop beating yourself up over your past procrastinations. What is the point? Stop the negativity around your perceived failings.
- Music is key! I work better with instrumental music. Depending on your taste, you might like something loud; whatever works. It’s motivating.
- Think fear. Identifying what the reason is for your procrastination can be very helpful. Once you figure out what the reason is, it’s easier to move forward. There is usually a fear behind procrastination. I want everything that I do to be the “best,” that’s my reason.
- Be brutal. We put so many things on our “To Do” lists that we will never accomplish. Save yourself the trouble and angst. Don’t even put the lower level stuff on your lists.
- Be accountable. If you partner up with someone and you can hold each other accountable, add items to your list of items that you are procrastinating.
- Make it a game. Research shows that we respond best to rewards. Find ways to reward yourself even for reaching for small goals.
I urge you to practice overcoming your procrastination, you will be happy that you dd! I am thrilled that I have made it to the end of this post!